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.
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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