When Ed Nauman fires his oxygen-propane cannon, anybody within range of the shock wave will definitely see stars. It's been known to shatter windows 30 ft to the rear! Propane is mixed with oxygen under control of a PIC microcontroller, in a barrel made from a 330 ft³ nitrogen tank and detonated by remote control. It's even instrumented to measure the kaboom — he's recorded 180 dB SPL (think two sticks of dynamite). Gadget Freaks, don't try this near your home (or your neighbor's)!
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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