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Retired MIT metallurgist and DN Calamities editor Ken Russell explains how metal defects in a DC-9's flight director switch was the suspected culprit in a horrific 1973 plane crash in Boston. He wrote in depth about the topic in the Dec. 11 issue of Design News. DN editor in chief John Dodge is the interviewer. Recorded 12/14/06, length, 7:18
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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