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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 launched

Raspberry Pi have launched two versions of Compute Module 3. The first is the ‘standard’ CM3 which has a BCM2837 processor at up to 1.2GHz with 1GByte RAM, the same as Pi3, and 4Gbytes of on-module eMMC flash. The second version is what we are calling ‘Compute Module 3 Lite’ (CM3L) which still has the same BCM2837 and 1Gbyte of RAM, but brings the SD card interface to the Module pins so…

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Is there a connection between dementia and dirty air?

A silent buildup of tiny magnets in the brain sounds like science fiction, but researchers say it’s reality for adults who live in cities, thanks to air pollution. Now, they’re trying to find out if high levels of magnetite, a particle found in dirty air, can cause Alzheimer’s. They’re concerned because Alzheimer’s patients also have lots of magnetite in their brains. It’s not yet clear if elevated brain magnetite levels…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches and lands successfully

SpaceX have successfully launched and landed its first unmanned Falcon 9 rocket since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September. “Liftoff of the Falcon 9,” a SpaceX commentator said as the tall white rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54am (17:54 GMT), carrying a payload of 10 satellites for Iridium, a mobile and data communications company. Moments after the Falcon 9 soared into the sky,…

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The first colorless and bendable semiconducting material

A “sweet spot” for organic electronics may have been found by researchers by fabricating a new 2D semiconducting polymer-blended nanonetwork material that simultaneously achieves excellent charge mobility, high flexibility, and nearly 100% optical transparency—a combination of properties that has so far been elusive for semiconducting materials. According to the researchers, the nanonetwork is the first truly colorless, bendable semiconducting material, as demonstrated by the fabrication of field-effect transistors with integrated…

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2017 NASA spacewalk completed successfully

At 12:20pm EST, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet concluded their spacewalk. During the nearly six hour spacewalk, the two NASA astronauts successfully installed three new adapter plates and hooked up electrical connections for three of the six new lithium-ion batteries on the International Space Station. The new lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates replace the nickel-hydrogen batteries currently used on the station to store electrical energy…

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Protecting loggerhead turtles with satellite tracking

Work to protect loggerhead turtles in and around Greece has been undertaken for over 30 years by local NGO ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, and as part of the project scientists from the University of Exeter have tagged and tracked hundreds of turtles in the Amvrakikos Gulf. Loggerheads were officially listed as “endangered” until last year, when the species was given the lower threat level of “vulnerable”…

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Cutting Apple and Google out of the automotive equation

The splashiest auto news coming out of CES and the North American International Auto Show has been about new models, self-driving tech, and wild concepts. But in a quieter series of moves, automakers also continued to strengthen their control over what it is we’re able to do inside our cars, particularly when it comes to the apps that run on infotainment systems. Though carmakers have generally embraced Apple’s CarPlay and…

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2017: Automotive trends and innovations

Market research shows, the average vehicle on American roads is nearly 12 years old, as drivers hold on to their old, reliable wheels for longer stretches of time. That has held true even as more people than ever bought new cars last year — 17.5 million of them. If you’re not a consumer who bought new in recent years, the showroom floor and its wares may look different from what…

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Tech for the skyscrapers of the future

Materials science is always an interesting field of research, looking at novel materials and how they might change the way we live—-or looking at traditional materials but in novel applications. Now Arconic, which does business in engineering materials and solutions, is turning heads with their vision of what future skyscrapers could look like. It is worth thinking about flexible components “that can make buildings more than just static giants,” said…

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Robots to displace jobs, but more gradually than suggested

The march of automation will displace jobs more gradually than some alarming forecasts suggest. A measured pace is likely because what is technically possible is only one factor in determining how quickly new technology is adopted, according to a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute. Other crucial ingredients include economics, labor markets, regulations and social attitudes. The report, which was released Thursday, breaks jobs down by work tasks —…

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