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.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material thats ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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