There's an interesting article by Junkscience.com founder and publisher Steven J. Milloy about how breaking a compact fluerescent bulb cost a Maine woman more than $2,000 for the mercury cleanup. It's an interesting read and as ususal, Milloy (also a columnist for the hitman network, Fox News) takes an anti-environment and regulation stance. The underlying message is don't use CFLs even though it's recommended by the unlikely stable mates of environmental groups and power companies. Granted, the clean-up for the woman was a nightmare and the message is handle CFLs with as much care you would a precious glass bowl. I have switched to CFLs and will not go back no matter how specious Milloy's scare tactics. And when the bulbs wear out in 5-7 years, I will take them to the proper recycler as should everyone else. Milloy is trying to scare everyone that these bulbs and their mercury will fin their way into landfills. Indeed, some will, but the penalty for that should be stiff and recycling should become easier over time as they become more popular - an in some states, the law.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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