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Tesla CEO: Boeing Batteries Needed Better Cooling
1/31/2013  39 comments
Questions about cooling the Boeing 787 batteries came up again this week, as Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk called the plane's large pack design risky.
Dow Plans North American Plastic Waste Recovery Facilities
1/28/2013  19 comments
Dow Chemical and Klean Industries are collaborating to build waste recovery facilities throughout North America for recovering energy, chemicals, and oil from nonrecycled waste plastics. The agreement especially targets used plastic packaging materials.
Were the Boeing 787 Batteries Cooled Properly?
1/25/2013  57 comments
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner's high-profile battery fire may have been the result of an engineering double-whammy: an energetic battery chemistry combined with a possibly inadequate cooling system.
Cereplast Commercializes Algae-Based Bioplastic
1/21/2013  13 comments
Bioplastic leader Cereplast has successfully commercialized an injection-molding grade of algae-based bioplastics.
Biofase Makes Bioplastic From Avocado Pits
1/18/2013  18 comments
A Mexican company is offering a fully biodegradable, compostable polymer made from avocado pits for use as either a resin or an additive.
Lithium-Ion Batteries Emerge as Possible Culprit in Dreamliner Incidents
1/17/2013  34 comments
A succession of problems has plagued Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, but investigators are now most concerned about incidents involving overheating of lithium-ion batteries.
NHTSA Wants Hybrids, EVs to Be Noisier
1/16/2013  60 comments
In an effort to make streets safer for pedestrians, the National Highway Traffic Administration has proposed a rule that could require engineers to add more sound to hybrids and electric vehicles.
Toyota, Audi Demo Self-Driving Technologies at CES
1/11/2013  40 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. and Audi AG are demonstrating active safety technologies that could one day serve as building blocks for the emergence of driverless vehicles.
Ford Builds Metal Prototypes With 3D Printing
1/8/2013  27 comments
Ford Motor Co. is raising the stakes in rapid prototyping, making testable prototype metal parts ranging from brake rotors to transmission cases with three-dimensional printers.
Plastic Makes a Better Light Bulb
1/8/2013  35 comments
Wake Forest University scientists have devised a shatterproof, white light, flicker-free lighting device based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology.

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