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Why Do Some People Not Worry About Climate Change

22 Oct 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

  – formerly Global Warming – is as controversial as any topic in politics today. As wildfires rage, sea ice melts, droughts appear, storms batter the coasts, and temperatures climb, it is easy to see climate change as the controlling factor lurking behind it all. How then, can some people…

Hands-Free Doors Are Essential For Public Health

24 Jun 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  Public door handles and knobs are some of the most touched surfaces imaginable. The constant entry and egress at stores, restrooms, gas stations, and offices mean people are touching grease, grime, and germs. Perhaps central to conversations around hygiene are bathrooms. Many practices and procedures emphasize hand washing. But…

Terraforming Mars versus Combatting Climate Change

06 May 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  nnovators and explorers at heart dream of one day terraforming Mars – converting it into a habitable, blue and green world. But there seems to be dichotomy over what humans can truly achieve. With the same breath, some lament humanity’s inability to control the pace and severity of climate…

Airless Tires: Fashion or Function?

25 Mar 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Airless bike tires may sound like an oxymoron, but they are a functional product becoming an increasingly plausible reality. In 2018, the first 3D-printed airless bicycle tire was released, designed using a thermoplastic elastomer that is specially designed to render 3D-printed objects that retain pliability. The airless tire is both…

Looming Highway Trust Fund Insolvency

24 Feb 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

    The Highway Trust Fund is the federal fund for road and bridge maintenance and repair. It once built the Interstate Highway System and helped keep our roads safe and smooth. Now, it is under the shadow of looming insolvency, with revenue failing to keep pace with spending. The…

Has the Car of the Future Arrived?

17 Jan 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  Throughout the past century, the public has sought to predict what the ‘car of the future’ would entail. And, with the release of the VISION AVTR, a new concept car from Mercedes-Benz, any past predictions have been completely surpassed. This show vehicle was developed in tandem with the upcoming…

Data as a solution to potholes

26 Nov 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  hile it may not be the main reason that roads across the country are in disrepair, lack of information is one starting point to find solutions. Simple intuition suggests that officials cannot know about every pothole, collapsed sign, or damaged median. While perfect knowledge is impossible, we have the…