The planners go to the disparate event sites (62 obstacle courses in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia are planned for 2013) the week of the race and are up in the predawn hours making sure every aspect of the course is in tip-top shape. The employees in the course department are at those same event sites, months before the Tough Mudder participants line up at the starting gate, riding around in ATVs and figuring out what routes to follow. … [Read more...] about Where Getting a Mild Electrical Shock Is Part of Your Job: How Tough Mudder Rewards Achievement Outside The Office
If you have an electric car but can’t charge it at home—as is the case for apartment dwellers who park on the street—finding a place to plug in can be challenging. Your employer might have chargers in your office parking lot, but if they sit in only a handful of spaces and those spaces are occupied, you’re out of luck. A prototype from Volkswagen demonstrates an alternative: a mobile charging robot that can roll from car to car and plug itself in. … [Read more...] about This helpful little Volkswagen robot will roll up and charge your electric car
Buildings that implemented new system settings based on lower occupancy saw electricity usage drop significantly during their empty period, going down to just 60% of their typical need, according to Hatch Data. Robin says many big building owners and operators were able to make these kinds of adjustments very early on, which helped contribute to the record low electricity use back in May. If other buildings were to follow this model of more precisely tracking when and where electricity is actually needed, he says energy use in office buildings could see long-term reductions, even as they return to pre-pandemic levels of occupancy. … [Read more...] about Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why?
“Will came along at the right time and opened our eyes to things that we didn’t even dream possible,” Human Revolution‘s lead writer Mary DeMarle told a San Diego Comic-Con audience last month. “We built a timeline that traces the history of augmentation, creating new things, and predicting how would it get out into society. We wanted to ground it in today, and make something where everyone could say, ‘I can see the world going that way.'” The game’s protagonist Adam Jensen works security for Sarif Industries, one of the biotechnology companies behind the futuristic tech, and becomes enhanced himself after surviving an encounter with violent intruders. … [Read more...] about How Real Science Shaped Game “Deus Ex”‘s Tech Magic
Democratic control of the Senate raises the chances that Congress could pass comprehensive climate legislation, but that isn’t a given. Until that happens, Biden will have to rely on agencies issuing new rules, which are vulnerable to being revoked by future administrations. It’s a little like playing chess without a queen or rooks. … [Read more...] about Biden plans to fight climate change in a way no U.S. president has before