If you haven’t already, take a look at the web site dedicated to T. Boone Pickens’ energy plan. Pickens deserves credit for conjuring up a comprehensive plan. And it’s hard to argue with his statements about America’s addiction to foreign oil. But will his plan work? In the next two weeks we’ll go to experts in the automotive and energy arenas to get their views on the viability of the plan, which calls for heavy use of wind energy and natural-gas-powered vehicles. In the meantime, look at his site and let us know what you think.
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.
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