I've been writing about engineering materials for more than 30 years, mostly steel and plastics. I covered the steel industry for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in the mid-1970s, and covered plastics technology as chief editor of Plastics World and as a senior editor at McGraw-Hill's Modern Plastics. I'm a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, and have been responsible for materials and assembly coverage at Design News for the past four years. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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