NHTSA wants to change its vehicle safety standards for lighting to reduce the problem of glare from some daytime running lamps (DRLs). The agency proposes a three-step approach. First, it would require that DRLs based on upper beam headlights be reduced in intensity by more than half in newly manufactured vehicles beginning one year after the final rule. A year later, lower beam DRLs on new vehicles would be limited to about half the currently-permitted intensity. Three years after that DRLs on all new autos would be limited to about one-quarter of the intensity of today's brightest DRLs. Phone NHTSA's Tim Hurd at (202) 366-9550.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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