It looks as if non-metric measurements will not be banned in Europe until 2010 instead of 2000. The European Union (EU) in 1989 had ruled that the English system of pounds and inches would be forbidden in European commerce after Dec. 31, 1999. Only metric measurements would be allowed in technical manuals, user instructions, product advertising, catalogs, and packaging labels. Dual listings of the two systems would be prohibited. An exception was made allowing England to continue using miles and pints. American manufacturers and exporters, still strongly attached to English measurements, have protested the impending ban. They point out that the U.S. Fair Packaging and Labeling Act requires the listing of dual measurements on products. European exporters to America say the combination of the EU restriction and the U.S. requirement would cause them problems, too. As a result, the European Commission now recommends postponing EU's ban for 10 years.
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.
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!
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