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Duncan is a science and technology editor for CDN. Any opinions expressed in his articles are his own and not necessarily shared by CDN, its staff, officers, or their pets.

WATCH: ‘Transparent Aluminum’ technology from Star Trek is a real thing

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the crew travels back to 20th century Earth and needs to build an aquarium onboard their ship. Scotty delivered the formula for a future technology called transparent aluminum to a manufacturer in trade for the materials they need to finish their mission. 21st-century scientists have now made a high-strength, lightweight, optically-clear material called ...

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Watch: SpaceX launches Telstar satellite on block 5 Falcon 9

Spacex Launch Falcon 9 CRS-15

SpaceX is set to launch the newest version of it’s Falcon 9 rockets early Sunday morning in a mission to put a Telstar communications satellite into orbit. The launch is scheduled within a window between 1:50 a.m. EDT and 5:50 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This will be the second launch of a block 5 ...

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Aerospike Engines – Why Aren’t We Using them Now?

X-33 with Aerospike engine

Over 50 years ago an engine was designed that overcame the inherent design inefficiencies of bell-shaped rocket nozzles, but despite much research in the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s and was to power the replacement for the Space Shuttle. But 50 years on and it still yet to be flight tested. So why aren’t we using Aerospike rocket engines?

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10% of U.S. Broadband Households Watch Esports, and 62% Play Video Games at Least One Hour Per Week

New research released Tuesday on the rise of esports, shows that 10% of U.S. broadband households are watching this new form of content. Parks Associates’ new industry report Digital Natives: The Rise of Esports and the 360 Deep Dive Sports vs. Esports: Audience, Spending, and Consumption define esports as professionally or semi-professionally organized competitive video gaming events, including popular gaming titles such as “League of Legends,” ...

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Google Maps Nearly 6x More Popular Than Other Navigation Apps, Says New Survey

Google Maps is almost 6x more popular among smartphone owners than other navigation apps, according to new survey data from The Manifest, a business news and how-to website. Nearly 70% of smartphone owners use Google Maps the most, compared to 12% who use the second-most popular app, Waze. Google Maps’ dominance is attributed to its in-depth data curation and attention to ...

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Overwatch: NEW Hero Wrecking Ball Gameplay! – ALL Abilities Breakdown

Overwatch Wrecking Ball gameplay

Overwatch has allowed the release of video showing off their brand new hero – Wrecking Ball. Hammond, the clever hamster controlling a quad-cannon-equipped mech, is a clever tank/off-tank with amazing mobility, a good escape, and some cool abilities: Roll: Convert into a rolling ball that makes Wrecking Ball one of the most mobile tanks Minefield [ultimate] : deploy a field ...

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Picking an Arduino starter kit and some books

Elegoo EL-Kit-003 Uno Project Super Starter Kit

I announced yesterday that my son and I are launching on a “summer of tech” deep learning project using Arduino to sharpen our C programming and electronic circuit building skills. The first step was to pick an Arduino starter kit and some books to help us along our journey. Choosing our Arduino Kit We jumped on to Amazon.com and searched the ...

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Watch: SpaceX launch of CRS-15 to resupply the space station

Spacex Launch Falcon 9 CRS-15

SpaceX is targeting Friday, June 29 for an instantaneous launch of its fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-15) at 5:42 a.m. EDT, or 9:42 UTC, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Dragon resupply capsule will separate from the Falcon 9 second stage about nine minutes and thirty seconds after liftoff and attach ...

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How to hook your kid on programming and electronics without really trying

Arduino

Every summer, I challenge my kids with what I call “deep learning” projects. Last year, my son took on the cold war by chronicling the beginning-to-end-history of the iron curtain and my daughter wrote an essay on the life of colonial American women. This year, my son told me he wants to learn to write C programs  – so I ...

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One Tip Will Triple the Chances of Getting Back Your Lost Smartphone this Summer

This summer, Americans should keep a close eye on their prized smartphones. Mobile protection claims data from Asurion, the global tech solutions company, indicates the summer months see more than a 50% jump in smartphone loss and theft. To help arm consumers against this summer surge, Asurion purposefully “lost” smartphones in three major cities across the U.S. to test the ...

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WATCH: SpaceX launches SES-12 into orbit using previously flown first stage

SpaceX successfully launched the SES-12 satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) on Monday, June 4, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket and its payload occurred at 12:45 a.m. EDT. The SES-12 satellite was deployed about 32 minutes after liftoff. Falcon 9’s first stage for the ...

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Survey: Americans Believe Tech Makes Their Lives Better But Society Worse

The vast majority of Americans believe that smartphones and internet technology have improved their lives, yet consumers are extremely concerned about tech’s impact on society as a whole – especially in relation to data security, the growing gap between rich and poor, and job opportunities. Americans do not believe that policymakers are keeping up with the pace of technological change ...

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Nearly 40% of U.S. Broadband Households Own a Streaming Media Player

New research today shows that ownership of streaming media players has risen from about six percent of U.S. broadband households in 2010 to almost 40% at the beginning of 2018. Parks Associates’ consumer data indicates that Amazon’s share of streaming media players owned in U.S. broadband households has increased by 4% since last year, taking some of Google’s share of the ...

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