Current Events: Oleo Sponge

A group of scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory located in Chicago, Illinois has created a sponge where its purpose is to clean up oil from an oil spill.

This sponge is made of polyurethane foam, while the interior surfaces are made up of oleophilic molecules to draw out oil from the water. (polyurethane foam is most commonly used in furniture, bedding and carpet underlay, and oleophilic means having a stronger attraction to oil than water.)

The Oleo Sponge was tested rigorously in a New Jersey saltwater research tank and tested the sponge against diesel and crude oil, both of the oils being under water, and on the surface. The sponge worked perfectly picking up all the oil.




Current Events: I-Pace Electric Car


What is it?: An electric, five-seat, Performance car designed by Jaguar Cars, a luxury vehicle company. This will be the first electric vehicle, as well as the second SUV that Jaguar has ever created.

The I-Pace has a 90-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It is expected to drive about 220 miles before the car needs to be charged. Which means the average driver would have to charge the vehicle once a week.

The I-Pace can go from 0 to 60 mph within 4 seconds. This acceleration is generated by the electric mortars 516 lb.-ft of torque (Turning Force), along with 400 hp.

Jaguar claims that the I-Pace can fully charge to 100% in a maximum of 2 hours using 50-kW DC charging.

The I-Pace is expected to be available to the public by 2018.

Current Events: Samsung Discontinues the Galaxy Note 7


What was the Galaxy Note 7?

With a 5.7 inch screen, and a curved screen, the Galaxy Note 7 was a premium device that sold for at least $850 in the United States. It received mostly positive reviews from many critics. It was Samsung’s biggest attempt to challenge Apple for the high-end market.

Why are they Discontinuing?

Several complaints from customers were coming in saying that their Note 7 just seemed to of spontaneously exploded and caught fire. As time went on more and more phones started to explode and the Samsung company started to panic and went to diagnose the problem. They eventually concluded that the reason that the Phones were exploding was because of faulty batteries from one of the company’s suppliers.


The Negative Effects of Discontinuing:

  • 2.5 million Note 7 phones recalled.
  • Samsung lost around $10 billion+
  • South Korea’s stock market dropped $17 billion (8%)