Dandelion, originally uploaded by ccharmon

The Ford Motor Company, which uses recycled jeans to make hood insulation, is now experimenting with a well-known weed to make products for its cars. No, not that weed. The Ford folks are working with Ohio State University to produce high-grade fake rubber from Russian dandelions.  Why Russian? Apparently they’re the only ones that’ll do the job. BTW, Ford has also been using coconut shells to make sun visors. More on the story at mnn.com.