In a recent episode of the crime show CSI, an unscrupulous wife switches her rather large engagement diamond for a paste imitation. She was summarily carted off to jail, but only because the forensic engineers knew how to tell a diamond from cubic zirconium. Plus, she killed somebody. Girls looking to repeat the stunt better think twice now. Galil has reportedly supplied its PCI bus motion controller to a company that is developing an excimer laser diamond marking system for etching characters and graphics on diamonds for identification purposes. While this type of marking is not revolutionary, the new system reportedly will cost ten times less than existing units—thanks to a complete redesign involving new motion control technology. The lower the cost, the more units sold, the more diamonds marked, and, presumably, the less insurance fraud.
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?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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