Goodyear's extended mobility technology (EMT) tire can run flat for 93 miles at 50 mph. But what does that do to the wheel? That's the question University of Akron PhD student John Stearns researched. He used ALGOR (www.algor.com) finite element analysis software to get the answer. Result: No damage to a standard wheel. Stearns did learn, though, that the highest stresses were at the lowest pressures.
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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