The Fastener Quality Act (FQA) of 1990 is on hold again. The latest in a series of postponements now sets the implementation date at October 25, 1998. That is 90 days later than the most recent previous start date. "Critical" fasteners made after the final date must be tested by an accredited laboratory or produced by an approved manufacturing plant. The act sets up a national program to ensure that certain nuts, bolts, and other fasteners used in "critical situations"--such as the attachment of aircraft engines to fuselages--conform to specifications. By early July, the Clinton Administration had succeeded in completing approval of only about 250 of some 450 testing labs needed to carry out FQA. For more information, contact the Commerce Department's Subhas G. Malghan (FAX: (301) 975-5414; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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