Design News has editors advocating for and against a bailout to
domestic automakers. Editor-in-chief John Dodge argues for a bailout
while Materials Editor Doug Smock is urging lawmakers to say NO. Check
out the coverage below, and weigh in with your thoughts and comments.
Obama Should Tell Detroit's CEOs: No The auto lobby is pushing hard
for a federal bail out right now. As much as I support American
manufacturing, I think a federal bail out for GM, Ford and Chrysler
would be a tragic mistake...
GM, Ford and Chrysler Should get Bailed Out
This is National Dump on American Automakers Week. Cash-less GM, the poster child for industrial vision-less-ness, is
bearing the brunt of the finger-pointing and accusations. So I thought
it might be interesting to look just how innovative GM is and relate it
to the bailout...
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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