Jim Lillie

Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

The propriety material known as ALLITE Super MAGNESIUM, is poised to become an alloy of choice for the cycling industry.

The Ohio-based Allite is led by cycling great Bruno Maier, who recently helped introduce the new material. In addition to being lighter than aluminum, the material is also stiffer. And because of its lower cost as well as its modest carbon footprint, the material could become the premium go-to for other industries, such as sporting goods, automotive, and aerospace.

In a press release, Maier, President of Allite, Inc., said, “With an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and high-performance composition, Allite Super Magnesium is simply the best choice for any distinguished brand seeking materials to make their products lighter, faster, stronger, and more environmentally friendly.”

25 King in Australia, said to be the world's tallest timber building, is the most recent example of how eco-friendly construction materials can be used to both practical and aesthetic effect.

The building, which opened its doors in mid-November, rises 10 stories from street level and features the use of large timbers in both the exterior and interior. Its developers maintain that the building raises the bar for commercial building design.

The architectural firm intentionally made use of timbers in place of concrete and steel, says a report from New Atlas. The timbers themselves are made of Glulam, a laminated and glued form of wood, and CLT, which stands for cross laminated timber. Using both helps to diminish a building's overall carbon footprint when compared to typical steel-and-concrete construction.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 00:00

Stopping Gene-Edited Babies

Now that a Chinese researcher has announced that he has found a way to create gene-edited babies, bioethicists are expressing concerns about how the news represents one more sign that gene-editing technology is moving along more quickly than it should be.

Here's why: There's currently no law that would stand in the way of gene editing either in the United States or any other country.

The Verge reports that it isn't yet apparent whether researcher He Jiankui implemented a gene-editing tool known as CRISPR cas-9 to improve the capacity of twin females to protect against HIV. But that hasn't stopped bioethicists from speaking up.

“There was inadequate regulation and no serious oversight,” Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University, said. “It’s ethically Swiss cheese, more holes than substance.”

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