Heavy Load ACVs
Several hovercraft manufacturers have also now developed hoverbarges, which are designed to carry heavy freight loads across previously inaccessible terrain. This is particularly useful in areas in which there is little development in terms of roads, and where terrain may make access by road-going vehicles difficult. Examples of this may include the forested regions of Canada, where the hoverbarge may be used to carry out large loads of trees ("ACV Research and Development"). This type of hovercraft may also be particularly useful for military purposes, as often there is a need to access areas which have no roads suitable for carrying large amounts of kit and personnel.
There have also been recent developments in hovercraft for the consumer market. International Robotics has now developed the first personal hovercraft known as the Alura Airboard. This is designed to travel on land, not on water, and has…… [Read More]
Ethics and Morality: The Theories of Ethics and Morality
The subject in this case faces an ethical dilemma, where she has to choose between reporting an ethical concern and just playing along or doing nothing at all. Both choices have serious consequences -- reporting would mean that i) she loses her job and livelihood because of a confidentiality breach, and ii) she stops her organization from producing the environmentally-friendly hovercraft, and consequently, becomes the reason why the world will never enjoy clean unpolluted air. Playing along, on the other hand, would mean that she watches as 200,000 innocent lives are lost as a result of the hovercraft's incompatibility with existing models.
The subject has a duty to uphold confidentiality in all dealings that have to do with the company. Disclosing such information to the press would amount to breach of this duty. However, as a member of a corporate body,…… [Read More]
S. Postal Systems 1775-1993). A third segment of this transcontinental route was established in 1920 and ran from Chicago to Omaha by way of Iowa City, with feeder lines to this primary route being provided from St. Louis and Minneapolis to Chicago (U.S. Postal Systems 1775-1993). The final transcontinental segment was established on September 8, 1920 and ran from Omaha to San Francisco by way of North Platte, Cheyenne, awlins, ock Springs, Salt Lake City, Elko, and eno (U.S. Postal Systems 1775-1993).
One of the more interesting aspects of this early transcontinental route was the need to remove all of the mail from airplanes at the end of the day and place it on trains for continuation of the service at night by trains since these early aircraft were unable to fly at night; despite this added contrast, though, the transcontinental route was truly a "Pony Express" of the era…… [Read More]
After a literature review of existing studies on the subject, "we have clear indications that breast-feeding helps prevent an extra incident of gastrointestinal illness in some kids -- an unpleasant few days of diarrhea or vomiting, but rarely life-threatening in developed countries" noted Hana osin in a controversial article in The Atlantic (osin 2009). Despite graphic public advertisements that link breast-feeding with putting a child at great medical risk, the evidence is less certain than one might assume. Although breast-feeding has been credited with everything from improving babies' IQs to preventing obesity, the ability to prevent these conditions with breast-feeding remains uncertain, particularly when women's economic status is taken into consideration when evaluating the studies (osin 2009).
Cultural biases against trusting a woman to actively make choices about how they will be mothers may have more to do with the censure of women who choose to discount so-called common wisdom…… [Read More]
"The type of future I'm showing is one that makes use of structures that are there, subverting their function and turning them into something else. People were asking me, 'Are you gonna do flying saucers, hovercrafts?' But I was really intent about not making a future that's just about technology. it's not off-the-wall; it's about technology repurposed in a way that everybody participates in." (Zwickel 2004) This future is directly related to the way she presents community activists, close, realistic, and not glorified. "I do wish for a radical change in society, but I don't envision it happening in a 'revolution.' "... This society could be gradually supplanted by a different one, redundant of the one that exists, being built at the same time. Everyone will do whatever they have to do to survive, but at the same time they could put energy towards building relationships based on different logic.…… [Read More]
Language Limits Our World
When Wittgenstein said, "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world," he was very likely speaking of philosophical limits, and not phenomenological ones. However, inherent in the very possibility of considering language and limitations is the possibility of a phenomenological meaning as well. Indeed, it one has language that is too impoverished to admit of various experiences, one is very unlikely to have them, or, if one does have those experiences, of recalling them. We recall our lives in language.
This may help explain, to use a completely pedestrian example, the idiotic answers people give to questions asked by Jay Leno on his Jaywalking segments. The ignorance shown by the interviewees is legendary, and it also involves mistakes with and misconstructions of language. For example, he might ask who wrote the Gettysburg Address, and he might get the answer, "The guy who founded…… [Read More]