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New Lithium-Ion Batteries Pack Built-In
By Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief
Here we are again—talking lithium-ion batteries.
You know, the batteries that are pretty well known in the
consumer sector for catching fire. And, let it be known,
Galaxy Note 7s and hoverboard manufacturers aren’t the
only ones concerned.
Researchers are digging in,
finding the best ways to stop
them from igniting. One option
tossed around was to replace
the combustible electrolytes and
integrate smart chips. Another
option that Stanford scientists
have now found, is by building a flame retardant into the
battery that releases itself when things start to heat up.
That’s right—it’s basically a built-in fire extinguisher.
And, after much research by scientists all over the world,
the ones at Stanford University have found a better way
All New Cars May Have Vehicle-to-Vehicle
Abilities by 2023
By Jennifer DeLaOsa, Associate Editor
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) recently released a proposed rule that requires
all new cars to have vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) capabilities.
Currently, this is not an official mandate, but if it goes
into effect by the 2019 final ruling date, manufacturers
will have to incorporate this technology into each car
moving forward. With the phase-in period beginning in
the year 2021, all vehicles would be required to comply
to these technology standards by 2023.
In addition to requiring the necessary V2V abilities,
the rule also standardizes the message format. According
to the document, “Standardizing the message will
facilitate V2V devices ‘speaking the same language,’ to
ensure interoperability.” Each
vehicle will have a dedicated
(DSRC) unit, and will send
and receive basic safety
messages (BSMs), such as
speed data and brake status.
Projected worldwide revenue
(USD) in the industrial
Predicted annual units of
multipurpose robot shipments
used in America’s industrial
environments by 2019.
Engineering Update #195:
Astronauts Mend the International
➤ NASA Telescope Discovers Extreme Blazars
NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray telescope is a powerful
space observatory. As its name suggests, it specializes
in observing Gamma rays, which are the highest
energy form of light. Recently, this telescope has
identified the farthest gamma-ray blazars—the most
luminous objects in the universe.
➤ GPS Directions Without Blocking Your View
There are already plenty of distractions while driving,
your GPS shouldn’t be one of them. That’s the idea
behind the HUDWAY Glass Heads-Up Navigation
Display, which converts your smartphone into a
futuristic, see-through display, serving up GPS
instructions without obscuring the road.
At the beginning of the new year, a robot aboard the
International Space Station was assigned to upgrade the
station’s solar power system. The old, nickel-hydrogen
batteries, which date all the way back to 1998, were
replaced with modern, lithium-ion versions.
Theoretical physicists propose way to simulate black
holes on an electronic chip. Woah ... http://ow.ly/
As always, great meeting with @RohdeSchwarzNA
at #DesignCon. Big things are coming!!