Volvo doesn't trust the air we breathe, at least not that of many polluted city centers. Instead, it has come out with the Volvo Ambient Air Cleaner (VAAC)—currently used in Volvo's Versatility Concept Car (VCC)—which filters the surrounding air of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides. Among the benefits: it neutralizes the equivalent of up to three cars' exhaust emissions, and its sensor activates the fan in response to pollution detection. Solar cells power the VAAC when the car is parked.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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