Celestron's SkyScout personal planetarium ($399 at Amazon.com) lets stargazers instantly identify or locate over 6,000 celestial objects, then provides commentary on the planet or star. It employs a pair of ADXL322 iMEMS accelerometers from Analog Devices, which complement the unit's GPS receiver. They provide accurate inclination measurements so the SkyScout knows what angle the device is pointing relative to the earth's surface. The camcorder-sized device won an adventure gear award from National Geographic last year.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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