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.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
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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