Bird Electronic Corp. chose a unique way to celebrate the production of its 300,000th Model 43 Wattmeter. The Solon, OH firm gold plated that meter when it came off the line and put it up for auction. Funds from the month-long auction, which closed after press time, will be donated to a charity of the winning bidder's choice. Bird began making the Model 43 in 1952. For more information, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4396-539.
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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