Today on Current State: The auto industry ramps up hydrogen battery effort; a look at the book “Encyclopedia Paranoiaca;” MSU Coach Mark Dantonio discusses children and health; and artist Karl Gude on information graphics and the creative process.
As emission standards tighten around the world, auto manufacturers are ramping up research and development of hydrogen fuel cells. Last week, General Motors announced a new seven-year joint effort with Honda to develop such vehicles. It’s the latest in a series of similar alliances involving manufacturers.
It may be hard to believe, but evidence suggests many otherwise benign, everyday items like flip- flops, drinking straws and neckties pose serious dangers. Other reputable data point to the health risks involved in common activities like flossing our teeth, washing our hands and eating leafy greens.
Michigan State University professor and graphics expert Karl Gude approaches the visual side of storytelling with a heavy dose of creativity. He relies on that impulse to teach "Visualizing Information" and other classes in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. He also taps into this mindset to paint and he is now promoting his most recent exhibit at the Nisbet Building at MSU.