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New tutorial on direct programming the ESP8266 with digital sensors. 
The ESP8266 based wifi breakout boards are becoming more popular with Makers due to a low cost and a powerful, programmable microcontroller on-board. The cost is a magnitude lower than solutions previously used including Arduino+Wifi Shield or an Arduino Yun. To quote Make publisher Brian Jepson ...
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As sensors shrink, watch as ‘wearables’ disappear
Forget 'wearables', and even 'hearables'. The next big thing in mobile devices: 'disappearables'. Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller - so small, some in the industry say, that no one will see them. Within five years, wearables like the Watch could be overtaken by hearables - devices with tiny chips and sensors that can fit inside your ear. They, in turn, could be superseded by disappearables - technology tucked inside your clothing, or even inside your body.
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+Dana Gravelle same way you interact with apple watch for example. underneath it's just remote display with events generator. there is 0 logic running on the apple watch, everything is done by supervisor process in you iphone.
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Weekend project: ESP8266 webserver displaying temperature and humidity via REST.  Self contained on the ESP8266, no other microcontroller.  Programmed in Arduino IDE to ESP flash. #ESP8266  
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If the physics hold up then it's true, whatever the skeptics might have thought.
 
NASA may just have found that breakthrough that allows spaceflights to Mars in weeks rather than months.  A new electromagnetic drive has been tested in a vacuum like that of Space and works.  In fact it produces thrust levels about a thousand times that of exiting ion propulsion engines.  

Even more importantly, the thrust levels would allow spacecraft to reach just about 10% of the speed of light.  That would make interstellar travel to nearby stars possible.   The drive was developed almost 15 years ago by a small engineering firm and has been slowly gathering notice and believers.  Now, NASA's own engineers have tested a prototype.  Almost impossibly, it works.  You'll want to read this report carefully and also read this link, embedded in the article's text.  http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/04/evaluating-nasas-futuristic-em-drive/ 

Major news services and newspapers have not picked up on this yet, especially on the test of the engine in a vacuum, where the drive was supposed to have experienced difficulties.
A very good read and one to look into. 

If this ends up working on a larger scale, planetary manned missions would be only about a third of the launch weight that they might be if launched with today's chemical rockets. They would require much less fuel because they could fly into lower orbits with the new electromagnetic engines boosting them higher up and taking them to escape velocity. Such an engine could be mounted on the International Space Station and keep it in a higher orbit indefinitely.  This would end the recurring boosts it needs by supply missions and crew missions to boost its orbit. It would also lead to much less stress on the ISS structure.  The station would last much longer.

#interplanetary #spaceexploration #spacecraft #interstellar #nasa #paradigmshift  
Last year, NASA’s advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futuristic engine, which could in theory propel objects to near-relativistic speeds, has been shown to work inside a space-like vacuum.
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US Navy invents a form of transparent aluminum stronger than glass.
 
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has found a way to shape spinel a transparent ceramic that is tougher and harder than glass. This could have a wide number of applications for military and commercial use. It’s chemical formula MgAl2O4 has earned it the nick name transparent aluminum from Star Trek witch is just plane cool.
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they invented plastic?
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From 'Martha Stewart for geeks' to ‪‎MakerSpace‬, a new social network for all makers, Founder Dale Dougherty talked about our fascinating 10-year journey and his vision for the Maker Movement. http://ow.ly/Mis4y
What started a decade ago as an influential magazineand became a beloved global series of eventsis about to become a new social network.
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+Limor Fried great talk
Let's Talk Hardware with Adafruit, Grado Labs, and Shinola on Disrupt New York '15 created by Sawhorse on the TechCrunch Disruptshow from TechCrunch TV
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Weekend project: ESP8266 webserver displaying temperature and humidity via REST.  Self contained on the ESP8266, no other microcontroller.  Programmed in Arduino IDE to ESP flash. #ESP8266  
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Well, when you're old, even Bing can tell. #howoldrobot  
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This is so, so cool. #IoT   #Windows10   #RaspberryPi2  
 
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World news about #robotics .

Wow, this is amazing. The holodesk gets real. With #HoloLens  ,   #Microsoft is showing at #Build2015 . The video shows a virtual robot  overlays a physical robot (btw. made out of #Makeblock  parts) with the HoloLens augmented reality glasses.
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Microsoft's embracing Raspberry Pi and Arduino is a sign of open development, not a Ballmerian play to grab at the Maker movement.  As the price of Windows devices have dropped even more ($99 for an Atom Tablet, $179 for a Celeron Laptop), the dichotomy of "my electronics don't play with my bigger computing items" will disappear.
Day one of Microsoft's Build 2015 conference is in the books, but that doesn't mean the news has stopped. The Windows 10 IoT Core Insider developer previ
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The odds of being hit in the head by falling space debris just shot up.
Follow latest developments as flight controllers are unable to receive data from unmanned Progress M-27M, which was scheduled to dock at International Space Station
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    Senior Foreign Service Officer, 1988 - present
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    Disc Memory Division, 1981 - 1983
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    Synthetic Aperture Radars, 1984 - 1985
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Author of the book "Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket", Maker Media, 2014, available at Amazon.com, Adafruit.com, and other bookstores worldwide
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