IBM announces that, yet again, it broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016, marking the 24th consecutive year of innovation leadership as #1 on U.S. Patent List. IBM’s 2016 patent output covers a diverse range of inventions in artificial intelligence andIBMers received 2,700+ cognitive and cloud computing patents, cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cyber security and other strategic growth areas for the company.
When the porphyrin molecule heats up it loses its outer-layer hydrogen atoms and can bond to the graphene sheet on a surface of silver. The resulting structure (illustrated and viewed under the microscope in these images) endows the graphene with yet more new properties.
How would you go about understanding how markets can suddenly be gripped by panic? To physicists, the use of a model originally developed to explain magnetism might make sense. But economists may find this extremely counter-intuitive.
First ever gas giant outside our solar system to reveal weather patterns. Clouds on the planet could be made of corundum, the mineral which forms rubies and sapphires. The Kepler satellite measured the changes in the light reflected from this auspicious planet.
“The VTC Group” (The Virtual Cluster Group) creation of a Deloitte Virtual Technology Cluster is focused on the digitisation of healthcare VTC Group , an organisation which enables major multinational companies to attract emerging and disruptive technology innovators into their supply chain, and is pleased to announce a partnership with Deloitte’s (‘Deloitte LLP), the global professional services firm to create a Healthcare Virtual Technology Cluster with Deloitte VTC.
EPSRC puts £60 million as a boost to UK’s manufacturing base through of set up six new research hubs at universities across England, Wales and Scotland that will share government funding to improve the UK’s manufacturing processes An additional £87.5 million is the total contribution from partners, academia and industry. Sectors are: compound semiconductors, continous manufacture and advanced crystalisation, advanced metrology, targeted healthcare and composites manufacturing.
VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland has developed a unique solution to measure in-store shopper’s intentions. The implementation respects privacy -with no identity information about shoppers being collected. The objective is to start commercial deliveries in spring 2017.
Technology developed at the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) in South Africa is an ingenious new-generation fingerprinting sensing technology using high-speed, large-volume OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The device will contribute both to law enforcement and forensics in general.
Follow-up to the successful Go-Lab project, the European Union and the Swiss government have jointly made €6.3 million available for the Next-Lab project aimed to bring about large-scale changes in the way that science, engineering and technology are taught throughout Europe.
Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics at Nottingham University has led an international team of astronomers to find the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies, twenty times more than previously thought. [ [Latest revision 100 – 200 billion galaxies]. Work begun with seed-corn funding from the Royal Astronomical Society is published in the" Astrophysical Journal." Portsmouth University astrophysicists create the largest Universe map tracking cosmic voids and superclusters and used to measure the effect of dark energy `stretching’ the Universe, results that confirm the predictions of Einstein’s theory of gravity.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences reports that the world's first experimental quantum communication satellite is running well and that the official experiments will start in November, when all the in-orbit tests have been completed. The news came on the heels of the 2016 Cambridge Wireless Technology & Engineering Conference .
Cambridge Wireless is to have a final pitch event for its Discovering Start-Ups 2016 competition, on Wednesday 19 October sponsored and hosted by Deloitte UK at 2 New Street Square, London. Ten finalists will pitch their disruptive technologies and business plans to a panel of 27 expert judges, that include leading tech-business executives and investors as ARM, Barclays, BT, Deloitte, Google, Oxford Capital, Samsung and UK Business Angels.
The Netherlands becomes the eleventh country to ratify the UPC (Unified Patent Court) Agreement of 29 Sep 2016 following France, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Sweden and Finland in implementing national legislation endorsing the UPC agreement. This needs to be officially ratified by at least 13 EU countries, including France, Germany and, as it stands, the UK, for the Agreement to take effect.
Using topology, Kosterlitz and Thouless described a topological phase transition in a thin layer of very cold matter. In the cold, vortex pairs form and then suddenly separate at the temperature of the phase transition. This was one of the twentieth century’s most important discoveries in the physics of condensed matter. (Illustration below) coutesy Johan Jarnestad.
Teradyne ATE (Automatic Test Equipment) is used testing semiconductors, wireless products, data storage and complex electronic systems, for consumer, communications, industrial and government customers. The Industrial Automation products includes Collaborative Robots, used by global manufacturing and light industrial customers to improve quality and increase manufacturing efficiency. In 2015, Teradyne has revenues of $1.64 billion and employs approximately 4,200 people worldwide.
The quantum revolution is afoot. Physicists are learning to harness quantum phenomena with ever-greater precision, quantum computers are becoming a reality, and a number of quantum technologies are already in use. Such technological advancement poses an important question: how will the era of quantum technology affect our lives? In a live webcast October 5, Michele Mosca will explore quantum technologies – those that already exist and those yet to come – and how they will affect our lives.
Thor3D, a company based in Moscow, Russia, has emerged thanks to Andrey Klimov (below) the creator of the technology behind the single scanner he envisioned as being invaluable being able to be used by different university departments on a range of different sized items.
Atlantis has officially unveiled the MeyGen project, the world’s largest free-stream tidal power array. Jenny Hogan, director of Policy for Scottish Renewables (below left) notes ”Scotland has been at the forefront of tidal energy innovation for many years, from design to testing, and now – with the MeyGen project – deployment. Our waters have the lion’s share of the UK’s tidal stream resources, so it makes perfect sense that we utilise that advantage by installing devices like those developed by Atlantis.
Futurist and humanist Gerd Leonhard explores the critical challenges and choices we face in balancing mankind’s urge to upgrade and automate everything (including human biology itself) with our timeless quest for freedom and happiness in his new book.
Huddersfield University scientists and engineers have scored in excellence with work for the European LHC (Large Hadron Collider) building a new faster system for CERN, while Pprofessor Ted Charsley becomes the first Briton to deliver the prestigious Robert Mackenzie Memorial Lecture at Orlando
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