3M has introduced a sampling program for its HFE (hydrofluoroether) fluids that's available to engineers across a broad range of industries. The program gives companies the opportunity to experiment with and explore new applications for 3M HFEs as an alternative to chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in manufacturing and industrial processes. Primarily known for their use in precision cleaning of high-value, complex parts used in the electronics, computer, aerospace, medical equipment, and automotive industries, 3M HFEs also serve as: a carrier for specialty lubricant deposition on computer hard-disk drives; a component in spray contact cleaners used in electrical maintenance and repairs; an extraction medium to isolate oils or fragrances; a formulating agent combined with more active chemicals to neutralize their flammability or aggressiveness; a fluid for recirculating heat transfer; and an alternative to organic solvents for cleaning metallic and non-metallic chamber surfaces in dry-etch semiconductor wafer equipment. "Currently, there is no other product available in the marketplace with the desirable balance of performance, workplace safety, and environmental properties of 3M HFEs," claims Kathryn Williams, marketing operations manager, 3M Specialty Fluids. FAX (612) 733-1659.
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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