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Massive 3D Printer Could Build Engine Blocks

April 20, 2018

A gigantic new metal additive manufacturing system at Roush Industries may finally give engineers a glimpse of 3D printing’s ultimate potential in the auto industry.

Two Unlikely Failures Contributed to Southwest Airlines Incident

April 19, 2018

Investigators don't yet know the cause of Tuesday's fatal incident on a Southwest Airlines flight. But they do know that two successive, unlikely events contributed to it.

For AI, the Human Brain Is the Goal and the Solution

April 19, 2018

There's a scene in The Matrix where Neo, after instantly learning kung fu, is challenged to a fight by Morpheus. During the fight, it's not Neo's technique that Morpheus praises, it's “adaptation and improvisation.”

Will Trump’s New Standards Affect EV Sales?

April 19, 2018

The Trump administration’s planned rollback of emissions standards is likely to be good for the business of US automakers in the near term. But it could serve as a competitive stumbling block for them in the global market.

Giving Lithium Some Air

April 19, 2018

Lithium-ion batteries have made continuous progress since first introduced to commercial production by Sony in 1991. But their performance is limited by the rate of diffusion of lithium ions through the solid materials that make up their anode and cathode electrodes. Thus, there has been an emphasis by battery researchers to find materials that improve this diffusion rate and also make the electrodes lighter to increase the energy density (Wh/kg) of lithium-based batteries.

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Massive 3D Printer Could Build Engine Blocks

By Charles Murray | April 20, 2018

A gigantic new metal additive manufacturing system at Roush Industries may finally give engineers a glimpse of 3D printing’s ultimate potential in the auto industry.

Two Unlikely Failures Contributed to Southwest Airlines Incident

By Charles Murray | April 19, 2018

Investigators don't yet know the cause of Tuesday's fatal incident on a Southwest Airlines flight. But they do know that two successive, unlikely events contributed to it.

For AI, the Human Brain Is the Goal and the Solution

By Chris Wiltz | April 19, 2018

There's a scene in The Matrix where Neo, after instantly learning kung fu, is challenged to a fight by Morpheus. During the fight, it's not Neo's technique that Morpheus praises, it's “adaptation and improvisation.”

Will Trump’s New Standards Affect EV Sales?

By Charles Murray | April 19, 2018

The Trump administration’s planned rollback of emissions standards is likely to be good for the business of US automakers in the near term. But it could serve as a competitive stumbling block for them in the global market.

Giving Lithium Some Air

By Kevin Clemens | April 19, 2018

Lithium-ion batteries have made continuous progress since first introduced to commercial production by Sony in 1991. But their performance is limited by the rate of diffusion of lithium ions through the solid materials that make up their anode and cathode electrodes. Thus, there has been an emphasis by battery researchers to find materials that improve this diffusion rate and also make the electrodes lighter to increase the energy density (Wh/kg) of lithium-based batteries.

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