Synchronization and Consumer Society (27 May 2004)
Why do crickets harmonize together in choruses on a summer night? What makes the moon spin precisely in sync with its orbit? Why do audiences clap simultaneously? What made the Millennium Bridge wobble? The answer is synchronization.
In our 'throwaway society' consumer products are becoming ever cheaper as advances in technology and manufacturing cut down production costs. This increasingly means the cost of mending a fridge, toaster or computer can outweigh the cost of buying a replacement when it breaks down.
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