M-Systems FlashDisc (http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-548). The decline of floppy diskettes and broad acceptance of USB Flash drives led M-System's engineers to define a new Flash-based storage category. FlashDisc's 16 to 32 megabytes of Flash memory translates into 15 to 30 min of music, 40 to 80 photos, 10 to 20 presentations, or 400 to 800 documents. To meet the cost target for a diskette replacement, the unit has a USB connector made of plastic, rather than metal. The Flash memory is similar to that used in USB Flash drives and memory cards, ensuring tens of thousands of read and save operations.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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