The Department of Energy has awarded Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of San Jose, CA, a $65.5 million contract to complete architectural build-out and finishing of the structure to house the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world's largest laser. The contract is the largest single subcontract for the NIF construction project. The NIF is a stadium-sized, $1.2 billion, 192-beam laser complex now under construction at the DoE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Slated for completion in 2003, the facility is expected to create brief bursts of self-sustaining fusion reactions similar to those occurring in the sun and stars. The resulting data will help the DoE maintain the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile without underground testing, while providing benefits in basic science, astrophysics and commercial fusion power production. For more information on the NIF, contact Gordon Yano, LLNL Public Affairs, at (510) 423-3117.
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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