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We're remembering Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus with her interview with RoboThespian before the 2015 IEEE Honors Ceremony. http://bit.ly/2lDfSJn

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This week we’re celebrating the life of Mildred Dresselhaus, the “Queen of Carbon Science.”. Dresselhaus pioneered the study of carbon nanostructures at a time when studying physical and material properties of commonplace atoms like carbon was out of favor. Her visionary perspectives on the sixth atom in the periodic table—including exploring individual layers of carbon atoms (precursors to graphene), developing carbon fibers stronger than steel, and revealing new carbon structures that were ultimately developed into buckyballs and nanotubes—invigorated the field. Dresselhaus was an IEEE Life Fellow and recipient of the 2015 IEEE Medal of Honor.
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Today in 1955, the tech luminary and co-founder of Apple Inc. was born. Happy birthday Steve Jobs! Jobs would have been 62 years old today.
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NASA’s Space Shuttle travels at about 28,324.4 kmh (17,600 mph) when orbiting the Earth. If the Space Shuttle were able to circumnavigate the Earth’s 40,074.2 km (24,901 miles) in our layer of the atmosphere at the same speed, it would take roughly 1.41 hours.
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Consisting of 129 electromechanical relays, a stepping switch and a paper-tape feed for inputting data, the first digital personal computer, Simon, was the beginning of the PC world. Edmund C. Berkeley built the first Simon with a team of Columbia University students in 1950. Simon’s purpose was to demonstrate the accessibility and utility of electronic computers by giving people a hands-on experience.
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This week in 1955, the tech luminary and co-founder of Apple Inc. was born. Happy birthday Steve Jobs!
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This week we’re recognizing retired NASA astronaut, Eileen Collins. Collins became the first female commander of a U.S. Spacecraft when she and her crew launched aboard Space Shuttle Columbia on the STS-93 mission in July 1999. Among many other space shuttle flights, Collins also commanded STS-114 that launched in July 2005, and became the first astronaut to fly the Space Shuttle through a complete 360-degree pitch maneuver.
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In 2011, IEEE Senior Member Harold Haas coined the term Li-Fi (light fidelity) and demonstrated a high-speed, bi-directional, wireless light-based communications system that’s similar to traditional Wi-Fi, but faster. With Li-Fi, data can be transmitted at up to 10 gigabytes per second. That’s fast enough for a user to download 18 full-length movies in one second.
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History changed in 1957 when the Soviet Union successfully launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik I. It was about the size of a beach ball and weighed only 83.6 kg (184.3 lbs). Sputnik took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the beginning of the space age and the space race.
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NASA’s Ranger 8 probe was designed to achieve a lunar impact trajectory and to transmit high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface during the final minutes of flight up to impact. The probe carried six television vidicon cameras, 2 full-scan cameras, and 4 partial-scan cameras. This week in 1965, the Ranger 8 launched on its mission and paved the way to select the site of the first manned Moon landing.
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