Operation Shield America is a new program announced by Customs Service that seeks identification of technology, components, and products that could be on a "shopping list for terrorist organizations." The agency's media spokesperson Jim Michie says that engineers could help the Customs Service by adding to the classified list of more than 100 items. "We're asking for help identifying what should be on this list," says Michie. "The other thing we want to know is who is buying products that could potentially be dangerous in the wrong hands." The Customs Service is asking manufacturers to turn over the names of any suspicious customers. The State and Commerce Department already have defined lists of controlled exports. However, Customs Service Commissioner Robert Bonner indicated that the items on the Customs list differed. Although Bonner did not release the shopping list, he did describe items on it: high-tech devices used for producing nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, and low-tech items that help terrorists evade detection and capture. Bonner clarified that he did not want companies to investigate, but rather to just contact the agency. Contact the U.S. Customs Service at (202) 927-8727 or visit www.ustreas.gov/treasury/bureaus/customs.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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