BMW has opened its new Engine Test Building in Munich, putting all development of drivetrains into one modular building. There are 36 test stands, six of which are equipped for development of hydrogen-powered engines. Key enabler is a universal data management system linking the test areas for data transfer. An automated system controls the facility, monitors tests, and records data.
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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