Just what you always wanted - an automated laundry chute. Jitendra Tailor of
created a laundry chute that opens and closes on its own. Drop your clothes on
the trap door (built into the floor of an upstairs bathroom) and the door
opens, dropping your clothes down to the laundry room. Once the clothes have
fallen, the trap door closes. A motor, a series of pulleys and a couple
switches is all you need to automate the chore of sending your clothes down to
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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