After hearing a college lesson on Pierre Schaeffer and his potentiometer d'espace, Raven Sanders, a student of the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU, decided that Schaeffer had the right idea when it came to audio mixing - a 3-D approach. She created a flat touch screen that works through frustrated total internal reflection. Sanders says the ease of use of this device over a mixing board allows for intuitively determining the audio source location and makes mixing surround sound fun again.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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