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5 Things You Missed: Data Storage Obsolescence, X-Rays Map Out Chips, and More

5 Things You Missed: Data Storage Obsolescence, X-Rays Map Out Chips, and More

Highlights for the week of 24 April 2017 1. The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence Photo: USC Shoah Foundation These days, the major studios and film archives largely rely on a magnetic tape storage technology known as LTO, or linear tape-open, to preserve motion pictures. The good news: Because an older generation of(…)

Video Friday: Friendly Cobot, Drone Swarms, and Robotic Recycling

Video Friday: Friendly Cobot, Drone Swarms, and Robotic Recycling

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Slightly Overdone Robots via Vimeo Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): AUVSI(…)

This Giant X-Ray Generator Helped Set Safe Doses for Radiation

This Giant X-Ray Generator Helped Set Safe Doses for Radiation

Physicist Lauriston Taylor also found X-rays effective against athlete’s foot and bursitis Photo: National Institute of Standards and Technology Photo: National Institute of Standards and Technology In 1940, the U.S. National Bureau of Standards (NBS) built this 1,400,000-volt X-ray generator, the most powerful of its kind at the time. The machine was designed to deliver X-rays(…)

How to Build Your Own Amazon Echo

How to Build Your Own Amazon Echo

Turning a Raspberry Pi into a voice-controlled gadget just got a whole lot easier Photo: W. Wayt Gibbs Photos: W. Wayt Gibbs Speakers That Listen: A Raspberry Pi and a sound processing board are mounted on the back of these speakers [bottom], creating a voice-controlled jukebox. As a young man, I yearned for a machine(…)

The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence

The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence

Studios invested heavily in magnetic-tape storage for film archiving but now struggle to keep up with the technology Photo: USC Shoah Foundation Photo: USC Shoah Foundation Archive Bot: At the University of Southern California, an automated system continually checks magnetic tapes containing about 50 petabytes of archived data, including nearly 54,000 Holocaust-survivor interviews from the USC Shoah(…)

Zinc Battery Breakthrough Could Mean Safer, Lighter Cars and Smartphones

Zinc Battery Breakthrough Could Mean Safer, Lighter Cars and Smartphones

Rechargeable zinc-based batteries could hit the market for electric vehicles by 2019 Image: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Rechargeable zinc-based batteries could not only store as much energy as lithium-ion batteries but also be safer, cheaper, smaller and lighter, new research finds. The results suggest zinc batteries could find use in mild hybrids (microhybrids), electric vehicles, electric bicycles,(…)

AI Medicine Comes to Africa’s Rural Clinics

AI Medicine Comes to Africa’s Rural Clinics

Smartphone-based diagnostic tools with an artificial intelligence upgrade could save millions of lives Photo: Riccardo Gangale/Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon 1/4 Come One, Come All: As part of a cervical cancer prevention campaign in six African countries, the nonprofit Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon works with local health clinics on special screening and education events, such as(…)