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ESA Galileo satellites launch into wrong orbit

Two European Space Agency navigation satellites launched into the wrong orbit last weekend.

The satellites were meant to be the fifth and sixth in Europe’s Galileo global positioning system, a network of 30 satellites expected to be up and running by 2020. They launched from French Guinea on a…

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OpenStax digital textbooks learn as you learn

Tired of learning from a dusty old textbook? Try a book that learns from you. Students in Houston, Texas, are about to get their hands on the first digital schoolbooks that use artificial intelligence to personalise lessons…

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CSRmesh devkit supports Bluetooth Smart in mesh networks

Developers wanting to work with CSRmesh, the company’s Bluetooth Smart-based mesh networking protocol, can now use a CSRmesh Development Kit.

The company’s goal is “to place the smartphone at the centre of the Internet of Things” because Bluetooth Smart is implemented by default on all the major…

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Four lasers conjure fibre optic out of thin air

Optical fibres made from thin air could transmit data to and from hard-to-reach places.

Regular optical fibres are made from two transparent materials that slow light down by different amounts. The difference in materials lets light reflect along the length of the cable without leaking out – perfect for…

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Meet Jibo, the family robot

In suite 712 of the Eventi Hotel, high above the sticky June bustle of Midtown Manhattan, New York, one of the world’s most advanced consumer robots awaits command…

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Boron buckyballs roll out from Brown University

Score one for boron. For the first time, a version of the famous football-shaped buckyball has been created from boron.

Discovered in 1985, buckyballs are made from 60 carbon atoms linked together to form hollow spheres. The molecular cages are very stable and can withstand high temperatures and pressures…

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Google and Apple battle for the smart home hub

The race for the smart home is on. Recently, Nest Labs of Palo Alto, California, made the software behind its internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector systems accessible to outside developers. The move opens the door for anyone to build apps that work with Nest’s products – which have found…

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CSR opens new R&D centre in Bristol

Bluetooth specialist CSR has opened a new R&D facility in Bristol. It will concentrate on wireless connectivity and audio for products in areas such as automotive and wearable devices.

It already had an R&D site at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, since 2012, and the…

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