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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
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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