Encore Tire Recovery of Livonia, MI, debuted a mobile tire-shredding vehicle that has the capacity to shred tires at the rate of 500 tires per hour. Vehicle tires present one of the thornier problems in recycling. The U.S. alone has already produced 280 million scrap tires and they’re not easy to recycle. When buried in landfill, they work their way to the surface. They’re also a fire hazard. Many states have enacted laws requiring tire retailers to ensure proper disposal of used tires. Once shredded, tires can be used as playground and landscaping mulch, asphalt and athletic track surfaces.
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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