I’m in a Southwest Airlines 737-300 flying to Baltimore from Manchester, N.H. Seating in exit row 12E, I’m in rough air or what I would classify as moderate turbulence (or chop in pilot parlance). It’s the kind where’s it’s hard to place my mouse pointer on the desired command. Do-able, but shaky (I have not been drinking either – the noon cocktail hour is still two hours away).
I’m at 34,000 feet, well above the storm lies below over New York and Boston (game one of the ALCS series is tonight between the Red Sox and Cleveland at Boston’s Fenway Park)
I am wondering about how the 787 would be damping the effects of this turbulence. We did a story on sensors capable of damping turbulence in our original coverage in May which has been much expanded since then. Of course, 787s are unlikely to be flying such short routes and we’ll have to wait a little longer given the six month delay in the first deliveries announced last week.
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.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
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