Those who enjoy radio but don't like listening to advertisements might want to look at a unit from PopCatcher, a Swedish audio designer. Its FM radio system turns radio broadcasts into MP3s, leaving out talk and advertising. The self-learning PopCatcher software separates music from DJ conversation and commercials, automatically saving songs as separate music tracks. Those tracks are recorded at 192 kbyte/sec and stored in internal memory or a USB-connected MP3 player. The radio/recorder uses a Blackfin processor from Analog Devices for both DSP audio processing and control, eliminating the need for a separate device.
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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