Even on a hot summer day, the outside temperature at 9200m can hit 45 below zero. Ice forming on a plane's fuselage is inevitable, despite how dangerous it can be. So to help ensure planes can survive freezing temperatures, Boeing is developing fake plastic ice to make it easier to test its aircraft.
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An artificial intelligence program received such high scores on a standardised test that it'd have an 80% chance of getting into a Japanese university.
When the TeenTech Awards announced their 2015 winners last week, news outlets far and wide swooned over the concept of colour-changing condoms that detected STDs proposed by three teenaged students. The idea is brilliant as it is bizarre — but don't expect to see these in stores anytime soon.
General Electric's development team just completed a year of field-testing for the new Evolution Series Tier 4 locomotive. Some of the tests took place at the Federal Railroad Administration's high-altitude testing circuit near Pueblo, Colorado at an elevation of 5000 feet above sea level. These photographs capture the train's gruelling journey.
Ever wondered what machinery smartphone firms use to test out those shiny handsets they keep shifting by the truckload? I have. Well, they spend a full six months of the phone's now-year-long pre-release life just checking if they're fit for purpose, so that's got to be some pretty interesting, exhaustive probing and pummelling.
Deathgrip. It sounds like a Harry Potter villain or a Darth Vader finishing-move. No matter what it sounds like, it's still the arch-nemesis of cellular networks. When Apple addressed the iPhone 4's deathgrip issue — dubbed Antennagate — it dragged other manufacturers down with it by saying that the same thing happens to all phones when you hold them wrong. Those manufacturers quickly rebuked the claims of Steve Jobs, but inside a sealed, top-secret Australian facility, behind a thick, steel door, Telstra was testing all of its handsets for deathgrip symptoms. The results: deathgrip affects every handset ever made.
When taking your HSC — or what ever the relevant government is calling it these days — the last thing you want is your university dreams dashed because you ran out of time. So for $US40 this Testing Timer watch has a very specific purpose — keeping you on time and on pace to finish every question in the allotted time frame.
Electric car "range anxiety?" Real, says GM, anyway. So, to limit the potential for mass hysteria as future commuters' e-tank gauges slide slowly towards E, a solution is needed. Mitsubishi's portable, networked charging stations could be a start.
Remember those photos from Apple showing their amazing foam padded reception testing rooms? Well, Telstra's got one of their own, plus a guy called Warwick who tests every single Telstra handset's antenna performance.
I've long suspected that the best job ever would be to work in product stress testing—because you basically get paid to break shit all day. Nokia sent over a bunch of info detailing how their test centres operate, leaving me fully convinced this would indeed be my dream gig. Not only do they run over 200 mechanical tests on these things, but where else could you play with a bunch of machines that bend, bake, humidify, spray, poke and drop phones? (And yeah, that phone in the picture above just got poked a million times...literally.) galleryPost('nokiatestlabs3', 4, '');