Though it may be a late response, a number of electronic industry experts are questioning the scientific reasoning behind the European Union's (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Those speaking out against the legislation claim the EU did not base the directive on robust science. They point to a recent study that shows the conversion to lead-free solder actually runs contrary to the best interests of the environment.
Sources agreed that RoHS will not be repealed, and they concede that China and the U.S. will go forward with their own legislation similar to RoHS. But they still raised the issue that RoHS is based on faulty assumptions about environmental damage. They note that RoHS was based on outdated concepts — such as lead leaching into the soil from discarded electronic products — that have since been proven scientifically wrong. RoHS dissenters have created a website called Pushback at www.Rohsusa.com to discuss their disputes with the science behind RoHS-style laws.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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