Detroit-In a setback to use of so-called zero-emission vehicles, early March found General Motors recalling its 1997 Generation I EV1 electric cars and 1997-98 S-10 Electric Trucks. The company says the vehicles were produced with a charge port that may fail during charging. If this occurs, heat could build up within the port and a fire result. GM's advanced technology group says that although the small part can be replaced in the pickups, the more complex EV1 installation precludes repair. The notice said the company would assist in termination of the lease, and "discuss your immediate transportation needs."
Generation II, 1999 EV1s were not involved "due to their uniquely different charge-port design." The company says electric vehicles are still very important to GM.
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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