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This week on The 848 Update, we’re contemplating the surprising find that US nuclear facilities are STILL using floppy disks, the news that robots might soon be able to feel pain and a colourful new development for e-reader users.

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The nuclear branch of the US government hit the news this week as it was revealed their preferred choice of data storage… is floppy disks! As it turns out many organisations with niche computing needs (such as providing nuclear weaponry to the worlds biggest superpower) are running on legacy hardware that simply ‘does the job’. The US government’s 1970s system is still fit for purpose and the 8 inch floppies are serving it well, though a digitisation process is in plan for 2017.

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Floppy Disks by AJ Batac via Flickr

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Any avid e-reader users will be able to sing the praises of devices such as the Kobo or Amazon Kindle. The intelligent e-paper display is easy on the eyes and genuinely feels like you’re reading a ‘real’ book, but until now the offerings in e-Ink tend to be either black and white or faint, washed out colour.

Recent developments are looking promising in bringing vibrant, true to life colours to e-ink that are ‘almost’ as good as printed images on paper. The catch is that the technology has currently only been developed for 20 inch screens but as it’s proved cheap to manufacture we may yet be able to expect colourful e-ink coming to a Kindle near you!

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Though it sounds like the beginning of an apocalyptic sci-fi film, researchers in Germany are teaching robots to feel pain. With pain receptors playing a huge role in how humans minismise injury and damage, machinery being able to judge when an action is causing stress could protect them from harm and reduce wear and tear (or catastrophic injury).

Thanks for checking in with The 848 Update – we’ll be back next Friday with more news from the tech world!