The ISO Standards Compendium: ISO 9000--Quality Management is now in its seventh updated edition. The 436-page tome includes the latest versions of the entire core series of the ISO 9000 family of international standards, including final draft standards. ISO published its first version of ISO 9000 in 1987. The new book also contains the associated ISO 10000 series and four additions that ISO teams still are developing. Among the newcomers are Part 1 and Part 2 of ISO 10012. Part 1 contains general quality assurance requirements for the control of measuring equipment. Part 2 provides guidance on how to apply statistical process control to achieve objectives of Part 1. For information on ordering the seventh edition of the publication, visit http:www.iso.ch/infoe/catinfo.html on the Internet.
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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