Ice developing on the wings of aircraft during flight is responsible for many disasters. Two of the most notable deaths attributed to such crashes are Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Ice is also responsible for dozens of flight cancellations and delays at airports today. New software developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) helps pilots detect icing potential in the atmosphere. Current Icing Potential (CIP) maps plot cloud droplets, freezing rain, and drizzle that form ice on aircraft wings and provide a Web-based display indicating icing conditions. "The CIP product has continued to provide users with valuable information on where to expect areas of in-flight icing since it became operational a few months ago," says Gregory Burke, director of the Office of Air Traffic Systems Development at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). For more information, go to http://cdm.aviationweather.noaa.gov.
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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