A Los Angeles car rental company now offers rental cars powered by bio-diesel fuel. Bio-Beetle Eco Rental Cars began life on the Hawaiian island of Maui a few years ago and opened near Los Angeles International Airport in March of this year. Founder, Shaun Stenshol picked California for expansion because of the state's reputation for being environmentally friendly.
Stenshol is a former Greenpeace worker and an environmental activist. Bio-diesel runs about $3.45 per gallon, according to Reuters, about a dollar more than regular gas, but the cars can travel 400 to 800 miles per tank. The only glitch in Stenshol's earth-friendly rental service is refueling. Presently there is only one station in the Los Angeles metro area that sells bio-diesel fuel. Stenshol says he will get involved in helping to set up additional refueling stations in the LA area.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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