Four Ford Motors engineers were named Distinguished Inventors in the 25th Inventor of the Year competition held by Intellectual Property Owners headquartered in Washington, DC. Jeff Hepburn, Bob McCabe, Bela Povinger, and Ray Willey were honored for developing an ultra-efficient catalyst system and engine control strategy. Their creation enables the production of natural gas versions of Ford's F-250 pickup and Econoline van. These trucks are the world's first vehicles to be certified to California's Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standards. The engineers placed a small conditioning catalyst before the oxygen sensor so that it reacts with the hydrogen before it reaches the sensor, allowing optimum performance of the sensor and the catalytic converter.
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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