In his blog, General Motor’s vice chairman Bob Lutz has clarified his earlier comments about global warming being "a crock of s***." The outspoken GM leader, who has been a major force behind the development of the Chevy Volt, told a closed-door gathering of reporters a few weeks ago that “global warming is a total crock of s***,” according to D Magazine. Lutz’s recent blog entry doesn’t try to dispel those earlier reports. In an entry titled “Talk About a Crock…,” Lutz argues that his opinions on global warming don’t matter. What does matter, he says, is that “General Motors is dedicated to the removal of cars and trucks from the environmental equation, period.” D Magazine said that Lutz told the reporters “I’m motivated more by the desire to replace imported oil than by the CO2 (agument).” Lutz’s blog also appears to express surprise at the “people who have been spewing virtual vitriol in my direction.”
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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