I have no idea as to how many marvelous concepts started out as mere "gadgets". Designers, engineers, and "lay people" wanting to improve a situation or do serious "what-if" work that ultimately lead to devices, eventually commercialized, solving problems for millions. This might be up for discussion, but one Mr. T. Edison was possibly the greatest gadget freak of all time. I think Allied is to be commended for sponsoring such a great contest and I would hope they keep up the good work.
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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