When Asheville, NC hosted the Clean Diesel, Clean Air Conference put on by the Diesel Technology Forum, the organizers couldn't have picked a better location. Asheville and Buncombe County have become models for their use of diesel retrofit technology. Thanks in part to donated technology from Diesel Technology Forum, Asheville has adopted clean diesel technology for its Public Transit System and Buncombe County is using diesel retrofit technology for its landfill operation.
Congressman for the district, Charles Taylor, praised the city and county. "The city of Asheville and Buncombe County are true environmental success stories," says Taylor. "Clean diesel retrofit technologies represent one of the most cost-effective, clean air solutions available for federal funding, and these localities should serve as a microcosm for a broader national program."
Caterpillar, Inc. donated 16 diesel oxidation catalysts to be installed on 16 of Asheville's public transportation buses and two catalyzed converter mufflers for two D6 Track Type Tractors belonging to the Buncombe County landfill. Together, these donations will reduce key emissions by 26.1 tons per year.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
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