The 2006 Michelin Challenge Design (www.michelinchallengedesign.com) features California as the geographic focus for the design forum. Designers must combine vehicle aesthetics with vehicle technology, and must also incorporate an alternative power train, consider the effect of that power train on tire size and appearance, and define the role that electronic transducers embedded in the tire could play in the tire/vehicle system. Submissions will be accepted until April 15. Selected works will be displayed at the North American International Auto Show.
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.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.