By switching to a 25-millimeter thread-forming fastener designed for magnesium applications, DaimlerChrysler virtually eliminated screw fault rejects and reduced process time in assembling steering columns.
Within a few years, the computer keyboard may go the way of the typewriter. It will be replaced by a light-projected device that mimics the look of a traditional keyboard and shines on a flat surface, such as a desk or table.
Would you notice a nanotube if you met one? Probably not. Nanotubes are extremely thin--their diameter is about 10,000 times smaller than a human hairhollow cylinders made of carbon atoms. The tiny web of atoms can be twisted in various shapes to perform different functions.