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Moore’s “Law”: the ‘back of an envelope’ observation that has held true for at least 50 years

For at least half a century of spectacular advance in semiconductor technology, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore has provided the chip industry with its fundamental productivity benchmark. Year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of “Moore’s Law”, precisely at a time when many in the semiconductor industry suspected the law was ‘dead,’ or shortly would be.

Not your father’s model aircraft: The drone storm arrives

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), to use the more technically favoured term, first hit the headlines as a military application, but commercial and consumer categories of ‘small drones’ have now come to prominence. Models targeted at consumers are now frequently seen on store shelves, and a significant ‘enthusiast’ following is now driving drone “first-person view” or FPV racing into sports media coverage. The website arstechnica.com reports that drone races are coming to ESPN thanks to “unprecedented” popularity, and the 2016 US National Drone Racing Championships will be the first event streamed live.