How the Heck Does Paint Help the Environment?

How the Heck Does Paint Help the Environment?

So… paint is pretty great, right? It makes things look nicer (or worse, depending on who’s doing the painting [and his/her intention]), it’s one of the few things that works as both a noun and a verb without alteration, and it helps the environment. Wait, what’s that last one now? Look Good, Feel Good For most folks, the main benefit of putting a coat of paint on something is aesthetic. “I’ve been staring at these taupe walls for eleven years,…

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How the Heck is Corporate Rivalry Good for the Environment?

How the Heck is Corporate Rivalry Good for the Environment?

First off, no, corporate rivalry is not technology. However, this corporate rivalry is built on technology, and this particular technology happens to be extremely good for the environment, so we’re going to count it. Tesla & GMC Duke It Out in A Steel Cage Match! All-electric automobile technology is still in its infancy, but so far, Tesla Motors has been far and away the market leader. A decade ago, despite starting out with only one available model—a two-seat roadster, with…

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Who the Heck Wouldn’t Prefer Used Printing Equipment?

Who the Heck Wouldn’t Prefer Used Printing Equipment?

Even with the “death of newspapers” shtick that’s been foretold for years, among other doom and gloom predictions for the physical printed word, publishing and printing are still big businesses. And here’s a fun fact you might not know (but likely would’ve guessed had you thought about it): professional-quality, high-quantity, “large format” printing equipment is really, really expensive—as in, so expensive the manufacturer doesn’t even list the price on the website. These machines are also, generally, really big, really heavy,…

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What the Heck is Torlon?

What the Heck is Torlon?

Sometimes, it’s not the machine that’s environmentally friendly, it’s parts of the machine. An airplane, for example, is not the most eco-friendly mode of travel (although…). But, parts of that airplane are making it at least a little better for the environment. The nuts and bolts of this conversation are—half-pun intended—the rivets. “Polyamide-imide” Doesn’t Have Quite the Same Ring to It Torlon is a so-called “advanced plastic”—a plastic material that has been molecularly engineered to provide certain beneficial properties—commonly used…

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What the Heck is A Rivet Nut Tool?

What the Heck is A Rivet Nut Tool?

A rivet nut tool—a.k.a. rivet gun or rivet insertion tool—is a pneumatic device used to install rivets. (It’s more than just a clever name!) Rivets, of course, are permanent mechanical metal fasteners that are usually used to permanently join two pieces of metal. They can be installed by hand, of course, but why would one do such a thing when there’s a tool that can do it for one? A rivet gun makes rivet installation faster, easier, and perhaps most…

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How the Heck Are Self-Driving Cars Not A Bigger Thing?

How the Heck Are Self-Driving Cars Not A Bigger Thing?

It’s 2016, and self-drivin cars are finally close to becoming an everyday reality—Google’s doing some pretty impressive stuff with autonomous, driverless automocars, and many Tesla models include an Autopilot feature. On the other hand, it’s 2016—how are self-drivin cars not already an everyday thing? Every movie set in the future since about 1950 has projected a world where no one has to take the wheel themselves, and every technological advancement since 1990 has more or less been targeted at makin…

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What the Heck is A Modular Office?

What the Heck is A Modular Office?

Earth is a big place, but there’s not infinite room. With a total surface area of 197 million square miles and a population of roughly 7.125 billion and counting—and if my math is correct, which, honestly, who knows?—that leaves us with only 0.28 square miles per person. And that’s not accountin for all the square mileage that uninhabitable, like the ocean. Any way you slice it, space is limited on this planet of ours, and the never-ending sprawl of humanity…

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How the Heck Do Wireless Chargers Help the Environment?

How the Heck Do Wireless Chargers Help the Environment?

Samsung recently announced ongoin plans to create as many as three different, new models of wireless smartphone chargers. (The gizmos will also be able to charge certain tablets, cameras, smartwatches, and the like, but for simplicity’s sake we’ll just say they’re “phone chargers.”) Three patents were filed by the Korean electronics manufacturer back in January of this year, and the company formally announced the phone chargers’ development late last week. “With this stylish accessory,” Samsung’s announcement read, in part, apparently…

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What the Heck is A Baghouse Dust Collector?

What the Heck is A Baghouse Dust Collector?

A baghouse dust collector is an air pollution control device, essentially a huge, heavy-duty vacuum bag. (Remember when all vacuums used to have bags in them?) But, instead of capturin all the dirt, dust, and dog dander from your carpet, a baghouse dust collector removes potentially harmful particles from gas flows used in industrial processes and from exhaust streams created by industrial processes (though not necessarily both for the same process). Like vacuum bags, baghouse dust collectors capture unwanted pollutants…

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