Samsung rises again

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The explosion was never supposed to happen.

The Samsung smartphone battery, safely behind glass, began to smoke. In a few seconds it was engulfed in flames. A minute later the flames dissipated, leaving a black, smoldering mess.

“Does that one fail?” one journalist asked, as the Samsung workers, who were leading a rare tour of a smartphone factory and battery testing facility in Gumi, South Korea, tried to continue their rote explanations of the testing machines all around us. One of the machines conducts a compression test, pushing down on the battery with over a ton of force (13 kiloNewtons, to be precise). It was within this machine that the battery exploded. Read more…

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