A French company has introduced an environmentally friendly antifouling paint to protect the bottom of ships against living organisms that attach themselves to the hull. Developed by the Laboratoire International Maritime, and unlike most antifouling products based on copper oxides, Biomarine contains no heavy metals, toxic products, or silicone. Instead, its formula is based on special acrylic resins that are transformed into a self-polishing polymer. The paint is said to have exceptional anti-static properties, and, as a result, repels micro-organisms without killing or intoxicating them. The paint can be used on steel, cast iron, aluminum, polyester, wood, zinc coating, and concrete. It lasts between two and three times longer than existing products, according to the manufacturer, and comes in blue, red, black, green, off-white, and a fluorescent version for safety on sailboats. FAX Alicia Ronan at (312) .
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Clean diesel continues to be the fuel of choice for transportation authorities in major U S cities, in spite of competitive options aimed at reducing emissions, according to a nonprofit agency that represents diesel engine and equipment manufacturers.
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
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