Who says print is dead? The response to my global warming column in the April 30 issue (and blog post) has been heartening not only for the number of responses via e-mail (30 and counting), but for depth of thinking. Of course, most of you disgreed with me that global warming is a top threat to mankind. Another common complaint is that I overlooked the fact climate changes have been naturally occurring regularly for centuries….scratch that, for millions of years. And several chided me for ignoring my educational background. Hey, I'm a journalist. I have no education-:) Some of you even agreed with me. Check out what your colleagues are saying.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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