Engineers at Ohio State University are developing a computer control system that improves the fuel efficiency of hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles. Road tests on a Chevy suburban SUV show a 50% increase in fuel efficiency. "The work demonstrates that energy-efficient hybrid cars can retain the high-performance feel of traditional gas-powered vehicles," says Giorgio Rizzoni, professor of mechanical engineering. Based on numerical simulations and in-vehicle tests, the engineers created a computerized control system that relies on algorithms for optimizing the power split between engine and electric motor. For more information, go to www.osu.edu.
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
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