The Hydraulic Launch Assist™ by Eaton Corp. (www.eaton.com), which displayed the technology in a U.S. Army truck at last March's Society of Automotive Engineers Show in Detroit, has a regenerative braking system that can reportedly improve fuel efficiency by 25 to 35 percent, with similar reductions in emissions. The system works by recovering a portion of the energy wasted as heat by the vehicle's brakes. The recovered energy is held in fluid form in an on-board accumulator until the vehicle accelerates. Eaton says the HLA is fit for vehicles with daily routines of much start-and-stop driving.
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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