The UK RoHS enforcement agency, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, is recruiting enforcement officers in advance of the July 1, 2006 RoHS deadline, though the organization has still not revealed how many officers it intends to hire or how it intends to enforce the European Union (EU) directive. So far, all eyes are on the UK for enforcement developments, since the UK has revealed more about enforcement than any other EU country. It is generally expected that other EU countries are likely to adopt the UK's enforcement strategy.
Managers at the National Weights and Measures Laboratory noted recently they are restricted from revealing enforcement plans. However, one source at the organization noted plans to hire contractors to do testing of products entering Europe.
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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