The Metal Powder Industries Federation has opened its 2005 international design competition, which recognizes achievements in the commercial production of powder metal components. Winners will be announced at the 2005 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 19-23, Montreal, Canada. Judging guidelines are based on the overall design, engineering properties of the material, and promotional value to the powder metal industry. Entries for the competition are due by April 1, 2005. For more info, visit www.mpif.org.
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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