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Military upgrades march in step with modular design

Anthony Green describes the processes a manufacturer needs to implement to ensure mil-spec reliability for electronic control circuits.

The pace of development of electronics in the military and aerospace market brings its own challenges for the manufacturer when undertaking major upgrades to legacy products that already meet regulatory standards…

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D-Wave claims massive quantum computing boost

D-Wave Systems in British Columbia, Canada, is the only company in the world selling quantum computers, and it counts Google and NASA among its customers.

But after four years on the market there is still no clear evidence its machines can solve problems faster than ordinary computers.

Now the…

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Moon bound spacecraft could use GPS satellites for navigation

It seems spacecraft on their way to the moon could use signals from GPS satellites on the distant side of Earth to navigate. Jacon Aron reports.

At the next space station, turn left. Efforts to repurpose GPS and other navigation satellites to help spacecraft reach the moon are under way…

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Interview: Manufacturing a million Micro:bits

An interview with Richard Curtin – senior director, strategic alliance, at element14 – the man responsible for manufacturing a million BBC Micro:bits, within a few months…

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Sensors powered by energy harvesting key to IoT success

The internet of things relies on getting good quality sensor data at the right time in the right format, which is why energy harvesting wireless sensors are of special interest, writes Matthias Kassner

Energy harvesting wireless sensors have sparked a dramatic rise in interest, since they represent a reliable and…

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NTSB concludes Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash review

Human error, not mechanical fault, caused the crash of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo last October, a review has concluded. But the companies behind the craft and the regulator that approved its flight are not off the hook.

The crash was a result of co-pilot Michael Alsbury unlocking the spacecraft…

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Wize Mirror reads back vital signs

Mirror mirror on the wall, am I at risk of heart disease? One day soon your mirror might actually be able to give you the answer.

Wize Mirror looks like a mirror, but incorporates 3D scanners, multispectral cameras and gas sensors to assess the health of someone looking into it…

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Interview: Making the BBC Micro:bit Bluetooth Smart

Bluetooth Smart is a key element of the Micro:bit, the BBC’s much heralded educational computing device aimed at Year 7 children in the UK. Electronics Weekly talks to Martin Woolley, Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager, who led the work around Bluetooth, including creating a specific Micro:bit Bluetooth…

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Comment: The final barriers to wearable tech

2015 will not be the year of wearable tech but better luck next year, says Simon Holt, Strategic Alliance Marketing Manager at Premier Farnell

In September 2013 Forbes magazine reported on the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Gear and boldly declared 2013 “the year of wearable tech”. Then, following slow…

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