Flatiron’s bid was the highest of the four bids at nearly $234 million and is proposed to take the longest at 437 days for a complete rebuild according to the release. As a result of these factors, both McCrossan and Ames/Lunda are protesting Mn/DOT’s decision, according to the Star Tribune. These protests are based on the initial requirements that Mn/DOT set out looking for the least expensive bridge in the shortest amount of time that fit the parameters of the technical score.
The Tribune also reported that the protesting bidders have to file with protest official Betsy Hayes, who will evaluate the situation and inform Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau of her findings; the ultimate decision for repeal or adjustment is up to Molnau. Also according to the Tribune, when entering into the bidding process, bidders agreed to comply with the protest process, which restricts their rights for retribution.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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