Maria Yee Inc., a Santa Cruz, CA lifestyle design company, has started to produce its home furnishings using patent-pending, BambooTimbre. The new product was designed to meet stringent Greenguard and E-1 standards for low-emitting materials. The product also qualifies as a “rapidly renewable” material, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. Maria Yee created BambooTimbre as an alternative to the dwindling hardwood. The tough material is made from 100 percent Moso, a bamboo species that can be planted and harvested within a five-year cycle. The company notes that BambooTimbre requires no synthetic polymers to protect its surface and does not release harmful, volatile compounds into the atmosphere.
Bamboo furniture is an eco-alternative to other woods.
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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