Yole Development argues that LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) packaging industry faces strong price pressure. New developments or growth are required for LED packagers to survive, and it is noted that Chinese subsidiaries have started to take market share from other regions. But Yole contends that LED packaging is still a strong market opportunity for materials suppliers. However another LED disrupter may be about to yield a substantial market chunk to new wave graphene inks and 2D materials. A new printing method for producing conductive cotton fabrics using graphene-based inks, opens new flexible & wearable futures for electronics, without traditional expensive processes.
The first robotic micro-sub capable of being used from a larger robotic boat has been on show in the Marine Autonomous and Technology Annual Showcase this November, held at the NOC (National Oceanography Centre).
It is well known that F1 teams use 3D printing in developing their cars. Rapid prototyping has advantages in F1, particularly if the less secretive Formula Student is anything to go by. 3D printing is an obvious tool for working on a high performance car that is constantly evolving and changing. And as with aerospace, where many advances in 3D printing are first seen, F1 racing can also provide some indications of what might be next in 3D printing.
Pioneering laser technology could boost the performance of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN to new levels of efficiency, helping unlock some of science’s greatest mysteries going back to the `Big Bang’.
EuroLab-4-HPC is pleased to announce the second call for proposals for Cross-Site Collaboration Grants to initiate and promote Cross-site Actions. Grants are available for short cross-discipline stays, targeted at PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and academics, working in multiple layers of the HPC system stack (architecture, runtime, tools). Deadline is 9/12/16.
Evidence of a possible role for biofilms in the pathogenesis and chronicity of atopic dermatitis, plaque psoriasis, Lyme disease and tinea versicolor In atopic dermatitis, plaque psoriasis and Lyme disease, suggests that biofilm-mediated Toll-like-receptor 2 recruitment and activation of the MyD88 pathway is essential.
Two pioneering engineering graduates from The University of Manchester have launched a DIY walking robot which anyone can build with 3D printing technology. Jack Scott-Reeve and Josh Elijah, who graduated with Master’s degrees in engineering from the University’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, have developed QuadBot, a 3D printable walking robotics platform. Their aim is to help as many people as possible to learn about robotics.
A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that among users of anti-dementia drugs, persons using memantine have the highest risk of pneumonia, use of rivastigmine patches is also associated with an increased risk. Now an experimental Alzheimer’s drug that previously appeared to show promise in slowing thinking and memory deterioration has also failed in a large Eli Lilly clinical trial, dealing a significant global disappointment to patients hoping for a treatment that would alleviate their symptoms.
In October last year, Nesta launched the EDCi (European Digital City Index) (EDCi), a ranking intended to measure how well different cities across Europe support start-ups and scale-ups in digital industries. Today, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we are launching the 2016 version of the EDCi, which again describes the ‘fertility’ or attractiveness of different European cities for digital entrepreneurs. As before, this is not a simple count of the number of new firms or capital flows, but a composite measure of the varied factors which matter to founders and young firms.
World Health Organisation launches World Antibiotic Awareness Week this month. Antibiotics development has added 20 years average to our lives. But antibiotic resistance is threatening to make this ineffective, posing a significant future risk as common infections become untreatable. Despite growing awareness, there is little accessible information on how the resistance threat posed is evolving, and how it differs by country. A myriad of bacteria exist, each may acquire different resistance levels to antibiotics. As a result, it is extremely difficult for non-specialists to gain an accurate picture of the threat posed by antibiotic resistance.
An enterprising researcher from The University of Manchester has developed a prototype tool that could help transform the lives of the blind and visually impaired. Vasileios Tsormpatzoudis has upgraded the white cane - which has been used as a mobility tool for centuries – by adding a low-cost embedded computer that functions in a similar way to a car parking sensor.
"China has the world’s largest market for digital shopping, mobile payments, and Internet-enabled financial services. Close to 400 million people in China do most of their payments using their smartphones. China’s overall business in information technology is a market of well above USD $300 billion, and it is estimated that more than 700 million Chinese have access to Internet. "Professor George Haour of the top-ranked IMD business school, and recent author of the “Created in China”
Gaberlunzie who has been researching how to buy and sell websites (anyone out there that is clued up should email us!!) is simply amazed at the differentials in prices - variants on a whole host of considerations, and it was with some hoped for relief that he turned his attention to the Oxford Dictionaries’ wonderful “word of the year.”
One of the most highly endowed German research awards funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will be used to establish a junior research group to study dark matter at Mainz University. Together with six other award winners, particle physicist Dr. William Shepherd received the highly endowed Sofja Kovalevskaja Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Berlin yesterday. The award was presented by Georg Schütte, the State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and Enno Aufderheide, the Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
President Obama launched the BRAIN Initiative In 2013, as a large-scale effort to equip researchers with insights necessary for treating a wide variety of brain disorders as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. The WHO (World Health Organisation) estimates that devastating brain disorders affect more than one billion people worldwide. Researchers note that bioelectronics will make humans more robotic than ever before.
The IBM Watson AI XPRIZE is a $5 million AI and cognitive computing competition challenging global teams to develop and demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful AI technologies to tackle the world’s grand challenges. This prize is focused on creating advanced and scalable applications that benefit both consumer and business across a multitude of disciplines. Solutions will contribute to the enrichment of available tools and data sets for the usage of innovators everywhere. The ultimate goal is also to accelerate the understanding and adoption of AI’s most promising breakthroughs.
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design PhD student Kieran Baxter has won an award for his stunning visual reinterpretation of two prehistoric Angus hill forts. ‘The Caterthuns’ won Kieran the 2016 Arts and Humanities Research Council 'Research in Film Awards' Doctoral Award for the film wwhich saw Kieran recreate the White and Brown Caterhun hill forts near Edzell more than 2,000 years after they were populated. It formed part of his PhD project at Duncan of Jordanstone, part of the University of Dundee.
Trax Interconnect, is believed the creator of the most complex circuit board ever made in South Africa. Researchers from the EHEP (Wits Experimental High Energy Particle Physics) group showcased the benefits of collaboration between science and industry when they displayed a South African made prototype of a high-tech electronics board at the ICRI (International Conference on Research Infrastructure) held recently in Cape Town.
Anyone with an interest in photography will know that to get features such as a powerful zoom, you usually need a big camera. Reason being that most cameras rely on refraction. That is whereby the light passing through lenses slows down, and changes direction. Focusing this refracted light requires a certain amount of space. Now a promising route to smaller, powerful cameras built into smartphones and other devices is in the design of optical elements that manipulate light by diffraction, or the bending of light around obstacles or through small gaps, instead of refraction.
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