Cambridge Display Technology (www.cdtltd.co.uk) has tripled the lifetime for its blue light emitting polymer (LEP) technology, which it's licensing to companies that want an alternative for LCD flat panel displays. The Cambridge, UK company's displays don't need backlighting like LCDs, thus LEPs are thinner and consume less power. New material formulations and improved deposition processes boost lifetimes to 11,000 hours. That's significant because blue products had shorter lifetimes than the other LEP colors needed to make full-color displays.
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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