MATERIALS/FASTENING, JOINING, ASSEMBLY: 3MTM’s ScotchmateTM reclosable fasteners SJ3546/SJ3547 feature hook-and-loop technology for repeated opening and closing with reliable results. The fasteners are designed with tiny, stiff hooks on one side and pliable loops on the reverse side. They are ideal for attaching cushioning in helmets, luggage and seating, curtains on refrigerated displays, removable signs and graphics for POP and trade show booths, truck tonneau covers, access panels, decorative trim and much more. The combination of a flexible backing and adhesive provides conformability to complex contours. The reclosable fasteners’ acrylic adhesive backing bonds on contact to many materials, providing excellent stress resistance, superior high-temperature performance and shear strength, even with repeated pressure to the mating sides. The adhesive bonding system eliminates the need for screws and metal closures in many reclosable applications, and offers reliable performance for indoor and outdoor uses and in high heat and humility.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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