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Sources agreed that RoHS will not be repealed, and they concede that China and the U.S. will go forward with their own legislation similar to RoHS.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 They note that RoHS was based on outdated concepts — such as lead leaching into the soil from discarded electronic products — that have since been proven scientifically wrong.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.
A simple new chemical method for repairing and recycling notoriously difficult carbon fiber composites has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research. An entire component can be completely recycled, including reclaiming its expensive carbon fibers for reuse.
In today’s connected world we are seeing the beginning of connected homes, smart grids, self-driving automobiles, drones, and many other amazing devices. Out of all the soon-to-be connected devices, which device poses the greatest dangerous to its users and society?
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