Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable
The Conversation, feat. Victor Li
Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again.
This could be the biggest advance in aluminum production in 130 years
The Washington Post, feat. Greg Keoleian
Apple, the largest publicly traded company in the world, joined a major collaboration last week that could change how it gets one of the key components that makes its ubiquitous gadgets look so sleek — aluminum.
And it is looking as though, simply by seeking out a greener component for iPhones and Macs, the tech giant just might push an entire industry in a new direction.
In West Texas, rising oil prices are fueling a sharp economic upswing, lifting employment and pay to records, driving up spending at hotels, restaurants, and car dealerships, and raising the cost of housing and other essentials.
Few following the climate issue likely were shocked when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he plans to essentially rollback the Obama administration’s more stringent climate-focused standards for motor vehicles.
Less than a month after Pruitt came into office in 2017, he announced he’d be looking at them, and his and President Trump’s dismissiveness of climate change science has been well known.
In his haste to roll back rules, Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, risks his agenda
The New York Times, feat. John DeCicco
As ethical questions threaten the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, President Trump has defended him with a persuasive conservative argument: Mr. Pruitt is doing a great job at what he was hired to do, roll back regulations.