Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys walk through the past week in hackerdom. There’s a new jargon quiz! Do you know what astrictive robotic prehension means? We look at the $50 Ham series, omni-wheeled pen plotting robots, a spectrum of LED hacks, LEGO CNC for chocolate rework, and grinding lenses with a CNC mill. In the “can’t miss” category are fingerprinting 3D Printers, and how NASA designs far beyond the stated life of an engineering project.
Links for all discussed on the show are found below. As always, join in the comments as we’ll be watching those as we work on next

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BBC Click’s Lara Lewington looks at some of the best tech news stories of the week.

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US Diplomats Leave Venezuela ‘For The Time Being’  NPRInside the August plot to kill Maduro with drones  CNNMaduro’s muscle: Motorcycle gangs known as ‘colectivos’ are the enforcers for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader  Chicago TribuneNewt Gingrich: Venezuela’s dictator Maduro must go – Even if the military has to intervene  Fox NewsNewt Gingrich: Nicolas Maduro Must Go | Opinion  NewsweekView full coverage on Google News

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Inside the August plot to kill Maduro with drones  CNNMaduro’s muscle: Motorcycle gangs known as ‘colectivos’ are the enforcers for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader  Chicago TribuneAll US diplomats have left Venezuela: Mike Pompeo  Aljazeera.comNewt Gingrich: Venezuela’s dictator Maduro must go – Even if the military has to intervene  Fox NewsNewt Gingrich: Nicolas Maduro Must Go | Opinion  NewsweekView full coverage on Google News

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A display (non-flying) version of an Iranian “Saegheh” drone based on the US RQ-170 Sentinel. [credit:
Iran TV ]

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division staged what Iranian state media described as “massive drone drills” on March 14, including coordinated offensive operations with dozens of flying-wing drones based on the Lockheed RQ-170 Sentinel, captured by Iran in 2011, and Iranian copies of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator. During the exercise, called “Towards al-Quds” (al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem), a total of about 50 drones—including “Saegheh” unmanned combat aerial vehicles based on the RQ-170’s flying wing design—were used in a coordinated air strike on training targets 1,000 kilometers (about 600 miles) from their launch site.
The Saegheh is much smaller than the RQ-170, with a wingspan of about six meters (about 20 feet). It has been shown carrying Sadid-1 TV-guided antitank missiles on its belly in static displays, and it does not appear to have landing gear—unlike a fiberglass replica of the RQ-170 that was displayed five years ago

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