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The decision has been in the works for several years now (Photo via Associated Press)   I kind of live for news like this. Recently, scientists voted to change the definition of the kilogram along with the ampere, the Kelvin, and the mole. The decision was made at the General Conference on Weights and Measurements in Versailles, France.   So what exactly does this mean? The measurements will now be based on “fundamental constants of nature,” which are more precise than t ...
The first photo InSight sent of its successful landing; the lens is covered with bits of dust (Photo from NASA)   NASA recently made a major breakthrough in Mars exploration. On Monday (Nov. 26), the NASA InSight mission landed on Mars. Originally launched in May, the InSight spent seven months traveling before sending the official signal to NASA letting them it was still functioning. It even included a picture of the red planet’s surface to show where it landed.   InSight or ...
Project Impossible highlights groundbreaking engineering projects that are solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. The projects featured on the show were once thought to be impossible to achieve. (Photo via The History Channel)   Back in September, the History Channel premiered their latest original show called Project Impossible. Created by Radiant Features, the series looks at engineering projects that were once considered impossible only a few years ago. Each episode tak ...
Over the last several months, there have been some science-based news headlines that have caught my attention just for their topics alone. They strayed from the norm, offered unique insight about a particular topic, or were just straight-up unusual. Others were groundbreaking, or innovative within their respective fields. At any rate, this roundup will highlight those exciting news stories, which at the least, deserve another read-through, or at best, will provide a story you may have missed. & ...
The company will drop $10-million in Closed Loop Fund to increase recycling rates across the US. (Image credit: Amazon)   According to a recent report from Statista, the world is on track to generate nearly 50-tons of e-waste this year alone, and the numbers are expected to rise. You only need to look at the number of mobile devices, computers, IoT devices, monitors, and other electronics we buy and discard every year, and those rising numbers become self-explanatory.   In order to he ...
Don Coleman took his Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa) project to the Maker Faire and revealed exactly how well the board performs among the elements. (Image via Don Coleman GitHub)   UPDATE before it's posted: I liked the LoRa system so much, I am planning a project built around the tech you'll see soon here on element14. Now, on to the post.     I was able to see LoRa in action at Maker Faire. The following is what I gleamed from the faire.   Arduino’s new MKR WAN 1300 boar ...
Demo A new feature, called Dynamic Power Control (DPC), controls antenna current, RF power, and the related waveforms to deliver optimized RF performance, even under detuned conditions. It maximizes transmitter current during detuned conditions and thereby compensates for any negative effects generated by nearby metal, cards, or phones.   Features Optimizes NFC performance under detuned conditions Assures performance for all payment form factors Key feature of the PN5180 NFC frontend so ...
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology used epidural electrical stimulation to help those paralyzed regain some of their movement. A man is back on his feet after an electrical implant. (Photo via Swiss Federal Institute)   An amazing new study by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology may be a huge breakthrough for helping those who are paralyzed walk again. In the study, three wheelchair-bound men were able to regain movement after they were implanted ...
(Image credit: Pixabay)   Stephan Hawking shed his mortal coil back in March of this year, but the theoretical physicist’s breakthrough work with black holes, relativity, and quantum mechanics will live on. He published several books about his work throughout the years, including the bestsellers “A Brief History of Time,” and “The Universe in a Nutshell.” His final publication, “Brief Answers to Big Questions” was released a few days ago (Oct. 16), ...