Electron Energy Corp. (EEC; http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-539) has been awarded a NASA contract to study the effects of radiation and thermal stability of samarium cobalt (SmCo) high-temperature permanent magnets for space power generation and for ion propulsion thrusters. Previous SmCo magnets designed and manufactured by EEC were used in NASA's Deep Space 1 Ion Engine launched in 1998. Future commercial, land-based applications may include sensors, instrumentation, generators, actuators, vacuum, medical, and semiconductor processing.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
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?
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