Thursday, January 8, 2009

Gilligan and The Professor??

LiveScience has reported that researchers in Texas are making car parts out of coconuts. Trunk liners, floorboards and car-door interior covers have already been made by a team at Baylor University. Walter Bradley, the engineering professor (has nothing to do with my title) who is leading the project, explained to LiveScience that the fibers in the husks of the coconuts have very good strength, stiffness and ductility.

The Huffington Post reports that Walter Bradley and his Baylor University team are testing the coconut car part prototypes for safety. If these parts pass, 11 million coconut farmers' annual income of about $500 could potentially increase.

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