J.D. Power and Assoc. named Volkswagen of America Inc. in Auburn Heights, MI, the most environmentally friendly automaker in its Alternative Powertrain Study. The study includes an automotive environmental index that assesses EPA data with “voice-of-the-customer” information to scrutinize 37 automotive brands relative to a range of environmental factors. The brands are then ranked, and Volkswagen topped the list due to its three low-emission vehicles, the Golf, Jetta and New Beetle.
The J.D. Power study also recognized Volkswagen for its products in the diesel arena, as the automaker is the leading manufacturer of diesel cars in the U.S. with its new Touareg V10 TDI, a turbodiesel SUV that has a particle filter, and the Jetta TDI, which is the auto industry’s top-selling diesel vehicle.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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