The list of World Wide Web sites devoted to standards continues to grow. The American Na-tional Standards Institute has added a Standards Alert Service to its NSSN Enhanced pages. The service provides updates on what standards around the globe are being initiated, reviewed, or approved. Meanwhile, the Society of Automotive Engineers has introduced the SAE Auto-motive Electronics Database on the Internet. It covers thousands of standards and specifications. You can get more details, including a freeworking model, by browsing http://www.sae.org/electronics. Another new web site at quality resources.com offers a long list of quality-related titles, in-cluding training manuals for the ISO 9000, QS 9000, and ISO 14000 series of quality management standards. The U.S. Department of Energy's Technical Standards Program now has a homepage at http://apollo.osti.gov/html/techstds.html. More than 70 additional ad-dresses related to standards are in the second edition of "Most Popular Web Sites," a 1,074-page book recently published by Lycos Press of Indianapolis, IN.
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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