Speedy rechargers are helping in the search for truth — honest. Lafayette Instrument Co. has developed the first portable lie detector, employing Bluetooth modules so there's far less bulk to carry. Wireless data acquisition modules make testing less conspicuous to subjects and keep the weight of five modules under a pound. Those modules can be quickly recharged in case examiners want to test many people. The battery-charging system recharges up to eight Lithium-Ion batteries in just two hours. Microchip's MCP73863 manages the charging system.
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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