But from what I've read it works with the same photosensitive chemicals that are used for etching silicon, so could both be used instead of a mask (I'm assuming they still have to use masks to etch the silicon?) and maybe add polymer parts to the silicon components.
What about shielding? The missions that used SNAP-19 power sources kept them on 3m booms to prevent their radiation from interfering with the scientific equipment.
Given the sculptures were made using lithography I can't see why the same technique couldn't be applied to MEMS.
Too heavy though, the weight budgets for space are brutal.
SD cards can't impersonate a keyboard, so anything like the USB firmware hack you linked to is impossible. There could be malicious files pre-installed on the drive, but then that's happened to big name suppliers plenty of times too.
As far as I know Android has no facility to run code directly from an SD card anyway, and if you're using an antivirus package worth its salt on your PC it would block any autorun attempt.
Wouldn't something like this (microscopically etched / electroformed solid nickel) be even better? You could include instructions for creating a microscope to read it in large print on the other side...
Why else would they need to bring it back
To install a different sensor package? To put it into a different orbit? I can think of many reasons, after all the whole point of the X-37 is that it can land and be re-used for different mission profiles.
it's Microsoft that might have the most logical solution for typing on small size displays running Google's Android Wear platform. Microsoft's research division has built an analog keyboard prototype for Android Wear that eliminates the need to tap at tiny letters, and instead has you write them out.
Why would you want to type at all? There's reasonably good voice recognition now, that's got to be better than trying to finger-paint letters on a tiny watch screen?
Simple things like a complex form, which would be trivial with a grid (and are trivial with tables) are an epic pain with CSS layouts.
Sure in the pre-IE8 days it was a pain, but now it's trivial to do
Then we found out about the 450C sulfuric acid clouds, the molten tin lakes and the almost solid atmosphere...
It's pretty nice at 50km up though...
But then, the first iPhone wasn't 3G either...
There's already a word for them, "Roadable Aircraft"
I wish they'd stop calling roadable aircraft "flying cars".
Flying car: Something that allows you to take off from your home and fly directly to your destination.
Roadable aircraft: An aircraft that you can drive to and from local airports.
It's good for people who already fly light aircraft (no more worrying about transport once you fly to your destination), useless for the rest of us.
I think the licence to operate an aircraft might be just a teensy bit harder to get than the licence to operate a car...
Nix their entire search query?