The Bugatti Veyron can fly down highways at more than 250 mph, but for those who shell out more than $1 million for the fastest street-legal car, its ability to stop canít be overlooked. Braking from top speed to a standstill in 10 sec requires more than its eight titanium brake pistons. Its rear wing acts as a brake, using two MTS Systems Corp. magnetostrictive position sensors to adjust the wingís height, with another maximizing angular adjustments for the air brake. The wing raises and assumes a 55 degree angle in just 0.4 sec. Sensors from MTS, based in Cary, NC, are housed in the hydraulic piston that moves the wing.
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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