A surprising 77 percent of American voters say the U.S. is not doing enough to promote and utilize green technology in order to reduce reliance on foreign oil fuel sources. Only 17 percent believe the government is doing enough, according to a nationwide poll of American voters conducted by the TechNet Green Technology Initiative and Zogby International. The poll also found that 75 percent of American voters said their purchasing decisions in the past year have been influenced by a desire to save energy and improve the environment.
Americans are apparently making their homes greener. A hearty 77 percent reported they improved the energy efficiency of their homes. When asked what alternative energy they preferred over oil, 28 percent chose solar power. Biofuels were named by 24 percent of respondents, while wind was the favorite of 16 percent. Nuclear energy won 14 percent and fuel cells was named by only 4 percent.
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.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
This Gadget Freak review looks at a cooler that is essentially a party on wheels with a built-in blender, Bluetooth speaker, and USB charger. We also look at a sustainable, rotating wireless smartphone charger.
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