Why Mercedes backed down on factory robots: People adapt better (to some tasks)

Why Mercedes backed down on factory robots: People adapt better (to some tasks)

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Factory in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Not that robots are gone completely. At the least, they’ll still handle the risky jobs: paint booth, body panel stamping, and welding.

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http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/223704-why-mercedes-backed-down-on-factory-robots-people-adapt-better-to-some-tasks

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Clever hack creates the first 128GB 3.5-inch floppy drive

Clever hack creates the first 128GB 3.5-inch floppy drive

FloppyCard
Ever been nostalgic for the majesty of 1.44MB floppy disks, but wished they came with 91,000x the storage capacity? One capable modder has heard your cry. Behold: The 128GB floppy disk.

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http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/223736-clever-hack-creates-the-first-128gb-1-44-inch-floppy-drive

An exception to Ohm’s Law? Graphene makes electrons act like a viscous liquid with ‘negative resistance’

An exception to Ohm’s Law? Graphene makes electrons act like a viscous liquid with ‘negative resistance’

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The hunt for graphene’s niche just got a lot weirder — apparently graphene can make electrons violate Ohm’s Law with quantum effects on the nonlocal scale.

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http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/223605-an-exception-to-ohms-law-graphene-makes-electrons-act-like-a-viscous-liquid-with-negative-resistance

Can optogenetics restore sight to blind people?

Can optogenetics restore sight to blind people?

OptoGenetics
Scientists in Texas hope to restore sight to the blind using optogenetics — a combination of light and gene therapy that could allow the blind to regain some degree of vision.

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http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/223445-can-optogenetics-restore-sight-to-blind-people

New DoE program to offer high performance computing power to major manufacturers

New DoE program to offer high performance computing power to major manufacturers

DoE Truck
The DoE is partnering with a group of diverse American firms to share supercomputing time and find ways to optimize manufacturing and design processes. If the program works, it could be the beginning of a new type of performance scaling based on expanding shared knowledge rather than transistor frequency.

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http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/223198-new-doe-program-to-offer-high-performance-computing-power-to-major-manufacturers

Report: Volkswagen executives may have known about cheating scandal for years

Report: Volkswagen executives may have known about cheating scandal for years

VW1
Ever since the VW scandal broke, the company has maintained that it knew nothing about the actions of a few rogue engineers. New documents are knocking substantial holes in that theory.

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http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/223310-report-volkswagen-executives-may-have-known-about-cheating-scandal-for-years