A group proposing the "Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power" learned that it has made the first cut in its bid for funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF called on the group's members—including the University of Minnesota, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, the University of Illinois, Vanderbilt University, and the National Fluid Power Association, among others—to submit a final proposal for the center by mid-June. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4389-516.
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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