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CubeSat proliferation highlights space debris problem

Tiny, cheap CubeSats are becoming an increasing danger in space. The mini-satellites could cause catastrophic collisions with larger craft, threatening to produce orbiting blizzards of space debris like those in the movie Gravity.

CubeSats measure just 10 centimetres on a side and weigh a maximum of 1.3 kilograms…

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iGaze wearable headset tracks your gaze

Get ready to connect with a glance. Researchers have built a wearable, head-mounted computer that tracks your gaze. Called iGaze, it connects to devices just by looking at them…

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All-electric Formula E championship racing gets underway

It may look like a standard Formula 1 race to a casual observer, but it’s not. The cars are missing the deafening roar of a petrol engine. And the keen-eyed will spot that the wheels are almost hidden from view.

But the first race of the new all…

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Robotic hand works undersea

Touch first, ask questions later. That’s the motto a robotic deep-sea explorer lives by as it examines the depths by touch. Shaped like a three-fingered hand, the robot could be used to fix problems at deep-sea oil and gas wells.

Underwater visibility is impaired by impurities…

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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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