Despite rising interest rates and a general sense of wariness about the economy, engineers crowded the aisles at Sensors Expo, held in Rosemont, IL, from June 5-7. The trade show and technical conference drew more than 3,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors, including such electronics' industry giants as Analog Devices, Bosch, Canon, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, and Texas Instruments. Keynote speakers at the event included Robert Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder, and Sebastian Thrun, director of Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and chief designer of the university's winning DARPA Grand Challenge vehicle.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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