Less than a month shy of his 68th birthday, Dirak CEO and founder Dieter Ramsauer has locks and fasteners in his blood. In this podcast with DN editor-in-chief John Dodge, Ramsauer talks about his descendants from Velbert, Germany, the European lock and hinge capital, and how they imbued him with a passion for tool making and inventing new ways to fasten metal. 8:24
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
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