For electronic enclosures that require the tightest access control— like those found in data centers—EMKA Inc. (www.emkausa.com) has added a cell-phone alarm feature to its electronic locking and monitoring (ELM) system. It can now send an alert by cell phone whenever the enclosure is opened or closed. It can also alert users to other conditions, such as internal temperature.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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