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Nordic nRF9160 DK // Unboxing

We check out this cool kit from Nordic: a multi-sensor cellular IoT prototyping platform for hardware engineers. Easily connect Arduino shields and standalone sensors to the nRF Connect for Cloud platform (nrfcloud.com).

Where the Thingy:91 device (previously: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLUKgDT2V9g) comes with built-in sensors and a consumer-ready interface, the nRF9160 DK empowers you to prototype apps with your own custom hardware.

nRF9160 DK materials:
// https://www.nordicsemi.com/Software-and-tools/Development-Kits/nRF9160-DK
// https://www.nordicsemi.com/Products/Low-power-cellular-IoT/nRF9160

Thingy:91 materials:
// https://www.nordicsemi.com/Software-and-tools/Prototyping-platforms/Nordic-Thingy-91/
// https://www.hackster.io/glowascii/getting-started-with-the-nordic-thingy-91-mac-8d44e5

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Shenango Valley Career Opportunities Nov. 10

Check out our weekly #jobsearch chamber newsletter that includes career opportunities from throughout the Shenango Valley region here!

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Chamber Weekly Update Nov. 13, 2020

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ProgrammableWeb

Financial APIs Continue to See Big Growth

Editor’s note: Be sure to check out our research on the overall growth of Web APIs since 2005. At the time of writing, this is the most recent data we have, but check the research page to see if we have a more updated article. We will be continually updating the overall growth chart with other charts getting updated on a less frequent basis.

In past years when we have looked at the fastest growing API categories, Financial services related categories have always ranked highly. This isn’t a surprise; Open Banking initiatives, the rise of digital forms of payment, the need for real-time market information and an ever-increasing customer demand for connected financial services makes this related set of categories an attractive space for developers. In this article we take a look at how much these categories have grown in recent years.

The first thing we did was to consider what categories aligned most closely with Financial Services. From the categories vocabulary within the central taxonomy that cuts across all of the content we publish on ProgrammableWeb, we settled on the Financial, Payments, Banking and Monetization categories to capture the APIs in this space as fully as possible.

We can see from the graph that there have been two points when growth took off; 2012 and the period between 2017-2019. The first matches up well with the overall growth we saw in our directory around 2012. The second one started around three years ago and deserves a closer look. A previous research article looked at the most popular API categories, including the Financial and Payments categories. At the time we mentioned that the “open banking trend is one that had been slow to happen but now seems to be moving at an accelerated pace. ProgrammableWeb analyst Mark Boyd has cited studies stating that ‘the majority of banks recognize that an open banking platform is the endgame for the industry.’ That recognition combined with regulatory pressure such as [the European Union-driven Revised Payment Service Directive] PSD2 (with a January 2018 deadline) has meant that more Financial APIs than ever are now being released.”

The data would seem to back up this argument. For the 2017-2019 time period, we have seen an average of more than 600 Financial APIs added per year. The table below shows the number of APIs across the Financial, Payments and Monetization categories that were added to our directory.

Year
APIs Added
(Financial, Monetization, Payments, Banking)
2005 3
2006 14
2007 12
2008 71
2009 83
2010 93
2011 137
2012 487
2013 366
2014 314
2015 231
2016 431
2017 745
2018 437
2019 646
2020
(through July)
211

Financial related APIs look like they will continue to experience growth for the time being. If you are an API provider, adding a listing in our directory is a great way to improve the discoverability of your APIs and raise awareness of your program. If you would like to include your APIs in our directory, you can use the link below.

https://www.programmableweb.com/add/api

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ScienceDaily

New way to check the quality of nanomaterials like graphene

A new way to check the quality of nanomaterials like graphene has emerged from a team at the University of Sussex.

Graphene and nanomaterials have been touted as wonder materials, and they are proving invaluable in all sorts of applications, such as in the automotive and aerospace industries, where heavy metals are replaced with lighter but equally strong composite materials. Nanomaterial quality therefore matters a great deal, but standardisation and quality checking have eluded the industry.

The Sussex team have developed a technique that gives detailed information about the size and thickness of graphene particles. It uses a non-destructive, laser-based method for looking at the particles as a whole, and lets them quickly build a detailed picture of the distribution of particles in a given material. Their paper “Raman Metrics for Molybdenum Disulfide and Graphene Enable Statistical Mapping of Nanosheet Populations” is published in the journal ‘Chemistry of Materials‘.

Dr Matt Large, who led the discovery in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex, said:

“Standards for measurement are a really critical underpinning of modern economies. It really comes down to one simple question; how do you know you got what you paid for?

“At the moment the graphene industry is a bit of a wild frontier; it’s very difficult to compare different products because there is no agreed way of measuring them. That’s where studies like ours come in.

“It’s really an important issue for any business looking to reap the benefits of graphene (or any other nanomaterial, for that matter) in their products. Often using the wrong material can either have no benefit at all, or even make product performance worse.

“A particular example would be composite materials like graphene-reinforced plastics; if a poor-quality graphene material is used it can cause parts to fail instead of providing the improved strength expected. This can be a big issue for industries such as automotive and aerospace, where there is enormous effort behind replacing heavier metal parts with lighter composite materials (like carbon fibre) that are just as strong. If graphene and other nanomaterials are to play a role in reducing weight and cost then agreed standards are really important.”

Aline Amorim Graf is a co-author of the paper in the team at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex. She said:

“Some manufacturers say they produce graphene but actually — no doubt inadvertently — produce a form of graphite. Some will charge up to £500 per gram.

“The trouble is there’s no standardisation. What we’ve done is to create a new way to measure the quality of nanomaterials like graphene. We use a Raman spectrometer to do this, and have created an algorithm to automate the process. In this way, we can determine the quality, size and thickness of the sample.

“Clearly the quality of graphene really matters. If you’re using graphene to strengthen structures, to use in health monitors, to use in supermarket tags, you want to know you’re getting the real stuff. But actually purchasers of graphene have no clue as to the quality of what they’re buying online. If you’re using graphene to strengthen cement, and it turns out it’s actually not graphene or is low quality graphene, then that’s going to matter.”

Professor Alan Dalton, co-Director of the Sussex Programme for Quantum Research and co-author of the paper, said:

“This is truly an important area of research for our team. We believe that our new metric will be of great help to industry, researchers and standards bodies alike who are key-stakeholders in the development of 2D materials towards commercialisation.”

The Graphene Council has long called for better standardisation. Terrance Barkan of the Graphene Council has said has written:

“The lack of an agreed global standard for graphene and closely related materials creates a vacuum and lack of trust in the marketplace for industrial scale adoption of graphene materials.”

The Sussex team continue their research and are open to checking the quality of graphene on a consultative basis.

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Hackster.io

✨ Going Fourth!

Happy May the Fourth! Check out these Star Wars-inspired projects – and an update on projects YOU can build to help with coronavirus protection. Plus, submit your own designs to our challenge, and the upcoming virtual Maker Faire! Now, go fourth and make 🙂

// https://www.hackster.io/contests/UNDPCOVID19
// https://makerfaire.com/
// Maker Tape: https://www.hackster.io/videos/607
// Straw Wars: https://browndoggadgets.dozuki.com/c/Greetings_Cards
// Imperial March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rml-ChsPEEM
// How-to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL8NfDq2r68
// Floppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdgzsF_O7oI
// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EWEkJA5GM0

Protective gear plans:
// https://3dprint.nih.gov/discover/3dpx-013359
// https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857-prusa-protective-face-shield-rc2
// https://3dverkstan.se/protective-visor/
// https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4234257
// https://3dprint.nih.gov/discover/3dpx-013483
// https://sites.google.com/solinsystems.com/solinfaceshield/solin-flatpack-face-shield
// https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-PPE-Face-Shield-3D-Printer-Not-Needed/

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Hackster.io

Face Shields, 4 Ways (Plus Bonus Content)

Let’s check out a few versions of DIY face shields that community members are making to help out their local health workers! Some require 3D printers, some laser cutters, and some only office supplies – anyone can help. Plus, a couple of fun ways to stop touching your face! 😉

// https://twitter.com/hugs/status/1242221899884695553
// https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857-prusa-protective-face-shield-rc2
// https://covidsupplyconnection.com/3d-printed-face-shield/
// https://twitter.com/JeffSolin/status/1245411984746504192
// https://sites.google.com/cps.edu/ltmakers/solin-flatpack-face-shield
// https://twitter.com/GimmeBuilds/status/1242934426939674625
// https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-PPE-Face-Shield-3D-Printer-Not-Needed/
// https://preciousplastic.com/covid-19
// https://covid-global-hackathon.devpost.com/
// https://makezine.com/2020/03/27/make-these-projects-to-fight-covid-19-right-now/
// https://twitter.com/J0hnnyXm4s/status/1244725668090388480
// https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/30/astrophysicist-gets-magnets-stuck-up-nose-while-inventing-coronavirus-device

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Happy Arduino Day!

Happy Arduino Day! How are you celebrating? If you didn’t have plans already, you can always check out the livestream recording, the official Arduino Discord channel, and media from around the world. (Of course, the ‘Duino community on Hackster is always here for you!)

// https://day.arduino.cc/
// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u93BhPnooZc
// https://discordapp.com/channels/420594746990526466/690685412531765248
// https://day.arduino.cc/gallery
// https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/ArduinoD20/
// https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ArduinoD20
// https://www.hackster.io/arduino
// https://store.arduino.cc/usa/portenta-h7

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Shenango Valley Career Opportunities Feb. 10, 2020

Check out our weekly #jobsearch newsletter with great career opportunities throughout the Shenango Valley area with places such as Penn State ShenangoEastwood Mall Complex; Edgewood Surgical Hospital Edgewood Open MRI; National FuelPhiladelphia CandiesKeystone Blind AssociationDiversified Family Services (dFs) and Thiel College among others! Plus business and career development opportunities with Gannon University Small Business Development CenterPA CareerLink Mercer County & more! Please help us share!
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Chamber Weekly Update Jan. 24, 2019

Check out our Shenango Valley Chamber Weekly Update! Join us in welcoming new chamber members

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