Recent research from the UK-based Farnell InOne indicates only 12 percent of design engineers, buyers and MRO engineers are fully RoHS compliant in readiness for the July 1, 2006 deadline. While 37 percent revealed they are "close" to becoming compliant, a further 28 percent confessed they have only just started to become compliant. Gary Nevison, Farnell InOne's head of product market strategy for Europe and Asia Pacific, notes, "It is clear that as the deadline rapidly approaches, the majority of design engineers are still not completely ready and are going to need a lot of support and hand-holding in the run up to the deadline."
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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