A surprising 77 percent of American voters say the U.S. is not doing enough to promote and utilize green technology in order to reduce reliance on foreign oil fuel sources. Only 17 percent believe the government is doing enough, according to a nationwide poll of American voters conducted by the TechNet Green Technology Initiative and Zogby International. The poll also found that 75 percent of American voters said their purchasing decisions in the past year have been influenced by a desire to save energy and improve the environment.
Americans are apparently making their homes greener. A hearty 77 percent reported they improved the energy efficiency of their homes. When asked what alternative energy they preferred over oil, 28 percent chose solar power. Biofuels were named by 24 percent of respondents, while wind was the favorite of 16 percent. Nuclear energy won 14 percent and fuel cells was named by only 4 percent.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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