Perhaps more pertinent than ever, this year's Economic Outlook Conference for the National Fluid Power Association will be held August 19-20 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Forecasts for macroeconomics, automotive manufacturing, and international and fluid power markets will be discussed, and two breakout sessions will be held for hydraulics and pneumatics. Register by July 25 for the discounted price. As a bonus, the NFPA is offering a special "Power of Association" networking dinner on August 19 for a limited number of people, so you may want to sign up early. See www.nfpa.com for more information.
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.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.