Today, rubber components found on cars are synthetic, which means they're made from petroleum. But Ford is currently working on a way to not only make these components from a sustainable source, but to also eliminate a pesky weed in the process.
Ford's engineers have developed a potential petroleum-rubber replacement that's made from the common dandelion. The milky white substance created from the plant could potentially be used in cup holders, floor mats, and interior trim pieces, to name a few applications. And since the dandelions would be sourced locally, this also cuts down on shipping costs.
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Researchers in South Korea are developing a cell phone that can recharge simply through sound.
The device features two strands of zinc oxide surrounded by two electrodes, as well as a sound absorbing pad. When the pad vibrates, the wires compress and release, creating an electrical current. This can then be used to charge the phone's battery.
Judging by its huge population, people love New York City. And it turns out that whales do, too.
Researchers placed a series of underwater sound recorders from Long Island to New York Harbor and found that a surprisingly diverse number of whales liked to spend time around NYC. Everything from endangered species like fin and humpback whales, all the way up to the massive blue whale. Because different species of whales have distinct "songs," the researchers were able to tell the species solely through sound. But from the surface the whales are undetectable.
Admit it – you take it for granted. The internet is so embedded in our lives that we don’t really care how or why it works. If it doesn’t work, we get mad, but we just figure that something is wrong with our device, the WiFi in the area, or the ISP themselves.
It's been six years since Honda pulled the plug on the much loved Acura NSX sportscar, but it looks like the car may be getting a revival: at least in spirit.