Speedy rechargers are helping in the search for truth — honest. Lafayette Instrument Co. has developed the first portable lie detector, employing Bluetooth modules so there's far less bulk to carry. Wireless data acquisition modules make testing less conspicuous to subjects and keep the weight of five modules under a pound. Those modules can be quickly recharged in case examiners want to test many people. The battery-charging system recharges up to eight Lithium-Ion batteries in just two hours. Microchip's MCP73863 manages the charging system.
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
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