New for 1997, the Sea-Doo Challenger 1800 jet boat from Bombardier
features twin 800 Series Rotax marine engines, each of which displaces 782 cc
and delivers 110 hp. A variable-rate oil injection system provides a precise
ratio of oil to fuel, ensuring proper engine lubrication throughout the
performance envelope. The Bombardier axial-flow, single-stage Formula Water Jet
system is designed to work reliably in salt or fresh water. Bronze alloy stator
vanes resist erosion caused by cavitation. Floating couplings with crowned
splines minimize vibration damage to engine and pump. The progressive-pitch
drive impellers are stainless steel and produce improved acceleration over
earlier models, a higher top speed, and less cavitation. Replaceable urethane
wear rings improve impeller life and are easy to maintain. Finally, a
sacrificial zinc anode protects the propulsion system from corrosion.
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 first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
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.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.