What Happens When you Drop an iPhone into Molten Aluminum?

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What happens when you drop an ordinary iPhone into molten aluminum? If you don’t know the answer, relax. Most of us could only venture a guess but two YouTube personalities decided to actually do something about it. The Backyard Scientist and GizmoSlip are two individuals who have each amassed significant fan followings on YouTube for answering questions along the lines of the one just mentioned. They answered this one, too, and the end result is going to prove to be something truly impressive.

Using a DIY foundry, the two YouTube stars melted down the necessary amount of aluminum, waiting until it turned black, and became pliable. After dropping the phone into the aluminum, the soupy materials will overwhelm the electronic device, burning off some of its components almost immediately. This includes the battery, as well as the plastic.

Eventually, the phone came back to the surface of the molten aluminum. After turning black, it became pliable. You could even bend it by poking it with a rod. Keep in mind that 1, 221 degrees Fahrenheit is the melting point for aluminum. However, even at that extraordinary temperature, the two YouTube stars found that with the exception of the bend from their earlier prodding, the iPhone more or less retained its original shape. The end result is a fascinating example of the durability of these products. At the same time, it is also important to understand how the concept of durability can work sometimes. To be sure, the iPhone they dropped into the molten aluminum is never going to work again. Still, the fact that it retained its shape even after all of that is something that you can’t help but be impressed with.

It would be interesting to see what would happen with other devices under the circumstances outlined in the actual experiment.

Source: http://www.aaluminum.com/anodized-aluminum-blog/267-what-happens-when-you-drop-an-iphone-into-molten-aluminum.html

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Diy Winter Weather Hacks

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When it comes to dealing with the problematic elements of winter, there are several different possibilities that you can explore:

  • Prevent Ice: Prep your windshield the night before. Use a spray that combines 2/3 vinegar with 1/3 water, making the ice easier to break off.
  • Remove Ice: Spray your ice-covered windshields with a mix that combines 1-portion isopropyl alcohol with 2-portions lukewarm water and 1 tsp of dish soap.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Believe it or not, but this can prove to be enormously useful for frozen door handles.
  • Key Hole: Frozen key hole? You can accomplish a lot with hand sanitizer or a lighter on your key. You could spray the key holes with WD-40 to prevent freezing.
  • Mirrors: You can protect your rearview mirrors by putting a Ziploc bag over your mirrors, and then securing them with some clips.
  • Phones: Aluminum foil seemingly has a billion uses. While the actual number probably isn’t that high, one of those uses involves wrapping aluminum foil around your fingers, if your hands are freezing, but you want to use the phone.
  • Cooking Spray: Cooking spray can prevent your car doors from becoming stuck. A light coating along the outside handle can prevent sticking. Cooking spray can also make snow slip off the shovel.
  • Sheets: Hot water bottles can be put inside your bed before sleeping. A blow dryer can also warm up your sheets, while a heating pad between your sheets can also be effective.
  • Traction: Screwing short sheet metal screws into the bottoms of your sneakers can give you great traction.

Source: http://www.aaluminum.com/anodized-aluminum-blog/266-diy-winter-weather-hacks.html

Think Tank Futurist Predicts Driverless Vehicles Will Cost Jobs

According to the founder and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute think tank, he envisions that over the next twenty years, driverless cars may eliminate jobs in multiple (128 or so) industries. He made this bold prediction in April 2016 on his Futurist Speaker website.

Thomas Frey predicts autonomous vehicles will affect all areas of ground transportation, including agriculture, construction, and public services. Frey told Business Insider “it’ll take a long time for this transition to occur.” However, the transition, once it begins, will eliminate many current jobs.

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Examples of Lost Job Categories

Frey cites the example of airports. Airports will lose a major revenue source: Parking fees. In lieu of driving to airports, then parking their cars, passengers will have driverless taxis hustle them to their departure airport. There will be no need for shuttle buses, limos, or other taxis. The rental auto counter also will not be required.

Drivers will lose their jobs, including chauffeurs and those who now operate construction vehicles. They will simply not be needed for anything. This does not even consider the auto maintenance people who change your oil, tune your vehicle, install new brakes, or inspect your autos. They too will no longer be needed.

While some industries shouldn’t disappear, like police departments, these will need fewer officers since there are lower numbers of drivers who deserve tickets for violations. Attorneys and judges who typically handle traffic-related cases will also no longer have jobs

Just as automation has eliminated many jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry, driverless cars will have an even wider negative impact, affecting even parking lot attendants.

As artificial intelligence technology becomes more mainstream, this technology possibly could eliminate thousands of jobs, just as it’s doing to the customer service labor market today.

The future of driverless cars is bright; the future of many other jobs related to the auto industry is not.

Source: http://www.aaluminum.com/anodized-aluminum-blog/265-think-tank-futurist-predicts-driverless-vehicles-will-cost-jobs.html

Victor II Aluminum Intake for Coyote Mustangs is Released

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Ideally designed for high boost potential and impressive nitrous applications, the Victor II aluminum intake for Coyote Mustangs is expertly designed. This release comes to us from Edelbrock. If you are already a Mustang fan, then you already know that this company has  a stellar reputation for the products that they release.

First witnessed by the world at large at the 2016 SEMA show, there is no question that this aluminum intake is a product that is well worth getting excited about, if you are a fan of Mustangs.

Exploring The Victor II Aluminum Intake

Edelbrock has released a new intake manifold for the 2011-2016 Ford 5.0L Coyote V8 engine. This intake has been created to fit underneath the stock hoods for 2011-2016 Mustang GTs. This includes the OE strut tower braces, too!

With the Edelbrock Victor II intake manifolds, you will want to keep in mind that these are designed to be used in conjunction with the Ford Coyote engines. These would be the engines that run between the fifteen hundred and seventy-five hundred RPM range. You will also want to be aware of the long tapered, crossover fashioned runners, which feature an impressive plenum. This is one of the primary cornerstones for optimal performance.

With the cast aluminum construction aspect, keep in mind that this manifold is ideal for a wide variety of purposes. The list would include nitrous applications, turbo applications, and even supercharged applications. Concern over problematic elements like expanding plastic intakes, splitting plastic intakes, or boost leaks at your flanges are all going to prove to be things of the past. You will also want to be aware of this product’s compatibility to always-popular Ford Performance Racing Parts’ 90-mm throttle body. Remember that the boss intake demands an adapter. In this specific case, this is not going to be something that you will need to worry about.

Furthermore, these intake manifolds also consider any and all matters of provision for factory emission equipment and hose connections. It also keeps the ability to use your stock fuel rail. This will prove to be an extremely effective way to keep the swap expenses down.

Designed to be used in conjunction with your factory Ford Coyote 5.0L engine that features the stock cylinder head, this product also includes the benefit of being built and tested in the United States. You will also be impressed with the way the Victor II offers cast in bosses on the runners for direct port nitrous system, which is obviously something that will appeal to those who are involved with competition applications.

As one can plainly see, there is a great deal about the Victor II that is worth getting excited about. The benefits are numerous and far-reaching, to say the least.

Source: http://www.aaluminum.com/anodized-aluminum-blog/264-victor-ii-aluminum-intake-for-coyote-mustangs-is-released.html

Akufo-Addo’s NPP Party to Create Ghana’s Integrated Aluminium Industry

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Akufo-Addo, the 2016 presidential hopeful candidate in Ghana under the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has told Ghanaians that he will put the West African nation on the path to industrialization should he win the presidential elections.

Tapping the Bauxite Deposits

The presidential candidate stated that his administration would exploit bauxite deposits found in the Atiwa plains, Nyinahin and Kyebi areas. The establishment of the integrated aluminium industry is expected to offer value –addition to the bauxite mineral mined in the country.

Export of Products

One way through which value addition would be achieved, is the export of aluminium products, a dream that Akufo-Addo said he had for the industry. He was addressing a huge crowd at Nkawkaw. The latter is NPP’s venue for the party’s Eastern Regional Rally.

Job Creation

Akufo-Addo stressed that the establishment of the industry would create job opportunities to stem the runaway unemployment and especially among the youth not only in the Eastern Region but the country as a whole. The stability of the country, he said, depended on job security. He envisioned a peaceful and stable Ghana, founded on the prosperity through job creation.

216 Factories

The presidential flag bearer of the NPP party expressed his commitment to the creation of a factory in 216 factories spread throughout the country. There are already 300 projects identified and surveyed with marketing plans and product market being worked out. He said that what was remaining is the implementation of the 1-district-1-factory.

Wealth and Development

Akufo-Addo indicated that industrialization would lead to wealth creation and development in Ghana. He vowed to halt the Accra-Kumasi project which had led to the rural-urban migration of young people, potentially causing underdevelopment in the regions and districts.

Abolishment of Import Duty

The presidential hopeful said that he was going to abolish duty imposed on manufacturing equipment and raw materials. To increase competition in the corporate sector, he said that he was committed to reduce the tax rate by 5 % which would be 20%.

Restoring the Fiscal Balance

Among the policy initiative, the NPP presidential candidate was emphatic that the fiscal balance needed to be restored. The Fiscal Responsibility Act, he said, would be re-enacted to create a relationship between the national reserves and government’s expenditure.

Ghana Investment Promotion Center

Lastly, he pointed out reposition of Ghana to investments through various industries.

Source: http://www.aaluminum.com/anodized-aluminum-blog/263-akufo-addo-s-npp-party-to-create-ghana-s-integrated-aluminium-industry.html