Advanced Refractory Technologies (ART) researchers have developed a new coating technology they say will "revolutionize the way materials designers and parts fabricators view coatings and materials surfaces." The coatings, called DYLYNR, are said to provide several properties at once--the slipperiness of Teflon(reg), the hardness of diamond, and the adhesion of "super-glue," as well as optical, electrical, and corrosion-resistant properties. The diamond-like Nanocomposite coating consists of two atomic-level networks, one based on carbon and one based on silicon. The two-network system provides a low-friction, highly adherent coating that can be tailored by the specific chemistry or how the coating is applied, according to Donald J. Bray, director of business development at ART. Applications for the coating include: microelectronics, communications systems, automotive components, personal-care products, business machines, chemical processing equipment, and bearings. E-mail email@example.com.
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!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
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