RENEWS will act as a standalone power system for communications and can power two or three laptops continuously, as long as electricity is generated by its renewable energy source. (Source: US Army RDECOM)
Needs of the Army has given us some great things. Supposedly nylon (polyamide) was developed as synthetic fibers for bomb sights in WWII airplanes. Now nylon is everywhere. If the Army can develop a technology that can generate green electricity in remote locations, there is high potential for commercial applications.
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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