Designers of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment have fresh guidelines for noise limits. The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), based in Arlington, VA, publishes the new performance standard, ARI Standard 260-2001. Its title is "Sound Rating of Ducted Air Moving and Conditioning Equipment." That standard, along with 20 others, is available for free download on ARI's website, www.ari.org. Standard 260-2001 establishes a method of rating sound in indoor portions of ducted air moving and conditioning equipment. It provides definitions and requirements for acquiring mapped sound data. Sound power level calculations and ratings also are included, as are minimum data needs for published sound ratings and conformance conditions. ARI standards set rating criteria and procedures for measuring and certifying product performance. The ratings help buyers choose the proper equipment for specific applications.
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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