Several American industries are combining forces for a further assault on plans by the European Community to impose additional limits on harmonic emissions fed back into power lines. Earlier, U.S. delegations succeeded in obtaining a four-year moratorium on the limits, as well as an interim acceptance of a proposed U.S. revision to them. The Americans are using the interlude to gather more facts to support their claim that the proposed limits are overly stringent and will shut European markets for a vast range of electrical, electronic, and telecommunications products that meet U.S. and Canadian standards. The limits are part of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Standard of the International Electrotechnical Commission based in Geneva. The Electronics Industries Association (EIA), based in Washington, has formed a coalition of several large American trade associations. For details, e-mail Jean-Paul Emard, EIA's staff vice president for standards and technology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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