Though it may be a late response, a number of electronic industry experts are questioning the scientific reasoning behind the European Union's (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Those speaking out against the legislation claim the EU did not base the directive on robust science. They point to a recent study that shows the conversion to lead-free solder actually runs contrary to the best interests of the environment.
Sources agreed that RoHS will not be repealed, and they concede that China and the U.S. will go forward with their own legislation similar to RoHS. But they still raised the issue that RoHS is based on faulty assumptions about environmental damage. They note that RoHS was based on outdated concepts — such as lead leaching into the soil from discarded electronic products — that have since been proven scientifically wrong. RoHS dissenters have created a website called Pushback at www.Rohsusa.com to discuss their disputes with the science behind RoHS-style laws.
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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