When it comes to hydraulic equipment, noise apparently does matter—enough so that many design engineers would be willing to pay extra to reduce sound levels. In a recent Design News survey, 74% of the respondents say that they are willing to shell out dough to delete decibels their hydraulic applications. Most important? Those environments that involve people working around hydraulics for a significant amount of time. OSHA's workplace requirement is 70 dBA.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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