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How a Motherboard is Made: Inside the Gigabyte factory in Taiwan

Gigabyte is one of the biggest motherboard makers in the world, and we visited the company’s factory in Taiwan to find out how they’re manufactured. About a quarter of Gigabyte’s motherboard output comes from its Nan Ping factory about an hour west of Taipei. About 400,000 motherboards come off the assembly line every month. Robots remove a lot of the most complex work from humans. However, a surprising amount of construction is still done by hand: the insertion of many larger components, for instance, and visual checks of the motherboards. Humans and machines often work together. Machines that attach teeny transistors have humans managing their supply. Small, wheeled robots deliver components to people on the assembly line. Human hands may pack the motherboards and accessories into boxes, but they scan each component against an electronic checklist to ensure the package has everything required.

The 12-Year Mars Mission in 6 Photos and a Video

Mars and the Earth may have more in common than we thought. NASA just revealed photos of Mars taken by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The images look strikingly similar to planet Earth. The MRO, which has sent thousands of vibrant images back to scientists, has documented everything from dust storms to mineral hills since its launch nearly 12 years ago. The landscapes are somewhat like red deserts or canyons. “Earth has more in common with Mars than you might think,” NASA wrote in a recent video uploaded to YouTube. MRO is used to better understand materials, subsurface water, dust and weather on Mars, according to NASA’s website. It’s also great at supplying us with gorgeous photos of the red planet. Check out some of them below: “A Mesa in Noctis Labyrinthus” A small, 0.4-kilometer mesa, which is a type of landform. Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech “Layers and Dark Dunes” “Much of Mars’…

Is The New iMac Good Enough For Pro Video Editors?

Apple’s WWDC usually focuses on different OS updates and new applications. The latest conference, though, shifted people’s attention to the hardware part. We saw lots of new, upgraded devices, like the MacBook and iPad, as well as the HomePod speaker. Apple also brought something exciting for desktop users. Professionals, rejoice, the new iMac and iMac Pro are almost here. The updated iMac is already available, and let’s take a look at how well it handles video editing, 4K video editing in particular. It’s getting more and more popular nowadays and always needs a real powerhouse to satisfy the hunger for resources. But let’s take a minute to talk about the new performance boost the iMac received and the specs overall. iMac’s specifications The cheapest 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,099, but bigger diagonal and faster hardware goes as high as $5,299. We are testing a 27-inch unit, which costs $2,899 and…

Scientists Have Found the Oldest Known Human Fossils

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, around 62 miles west of what would eventually become Marrakesh, a group of people lived in a cave overlooking a lush Moroccan landscape. They rested there, building fires to keep themselves warm. They hunted there, sharpening stone tools to bring down animals.And they died there, leaving their bones behind in the dirt. At the time, there would have been nothing particularly notable about these cave-dwellers. They were yet more Homo sapiens, members of a nascent ape species that had spread across Africa. But in their death, they have become singularly important.That cave is now called Jebel Irhoud, and bones of its former occupants have been recently unearthed by an international team of scientists. They mark the earliest fossilized remains ofThey mark the earliest fossilized remains of Homo sapiens ever found. Until now, that honor belonged to two Ethiopian fossils that are 160,000 and 195,000…