Google’s New Dataset Search
Google has created a new feature for researchers looking to accumulate datasets on topics of interest. Called, simply, Dataset Search, the goal is to unify thousands upon thousands of data repositories and make that data discoverable without moving it. In the past, institutions developed their own repositories in disparate, often difficult to find, repositories making comprehensive dataset accumulation difficult or near impossible. Google’s initial offering will treat the environmental and social sciences, but if found to be popular, should snowball.
The Beta is here. Google Dataset Search
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Do Apple’s New iPhones Underwhelm or Shine?
Apple’s new phone lineup replacing the iPhone X reveals a 5.8 inch iPhone XS and a 6.5 inch iPhone XS Max. Featuring A12 chips, Dual-Sims, Face ID, OLED displays and more, both have dual cameras. Also introduced was the iPhone XR, Apple’s nod to a cheaper, slightly less capable iPhone with a single camera. With a starting price of $799, it’s hard to call the XR cheap, but devotees wanting to buy into the Apple ecosystem might bite. The XS starts at $999 and the XS Max price points are between $1099 and $1499.
Interestingly, Forbes noted that while Apple launches used to define striking new ideas and trajectories, recent launches appear to redefine expectations for users within its ecosystem with a view towards upselling new services and products.
Apple Watch Center Stage
If the new iPhone line was interesting, it was the Apple Watch 4 with its FDA-approved ECG monitor that turned heads. The slightly larger screen is a welcome enhancement. With a starting price of $399 GPS only and $499 Cellular, the Apple 4 might give the top-rated Samsung Galaxy watch a run for its money. See more at TechRadar,
Stunning, Shape-Shifting Paper Robots Amaze!
While most robots require a motor, these paper actuators take on a life of their own without one. The result is a reusable actuator that can be used to make inexpensive robots.
Lining Yao, assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and director of the Morphing Matter Lab, which studies next-gen materials, led the team that explored the magic.
They are created by applying a thin layer of conducting thermoplastic to plain old paper. The thermoplastic can be applied via a 3D printer or hand painted on. When current is applied, the thermoplastic heats and expands, causing the paper to bend and flex in a predetermined way. When the current is removed, the paper returns to its original shape.
While Inexpensive prototyping is one benefit, this interesting study may prove to inspire a host of new applications both worldly and beyond!
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