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Ancient Earth-size planets found, by a little bit of Essex

Ancient Earth-size planets found, by a little bit of Essex

University of Birmingham scientists have found a solar system with Earth-sized planets from the dawn of the Galaxy – 11 billion years ago.

They used data from sensors on NASA’s Kepler space telescope, made by E2V of Essex.

Kepler’s telescope stares fixedly at a +/-6° cone of space…

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Start-up develops vitamin measurement pen

Start-up develops vitamin measurement pen

A start-up has developed a non-invasive device which allows users to check 30 most important vitamins and minerals and has secured substantial financial backing on the Indiegogo crowd-funding website.

The pen-like device is called Vitastiq and uses a smartphone as an interface.

The device uses a…

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Electronics patent of the month: Contact profiles for landline telephones

Electronics patent of the month: Contact profiles for landline telephones

Michael Jaeger, patent attorney at leading UK patent and trade mark attorneys Withers & Rogers LLP, writes:

GB Patent Number: GB2488459
Granted to:  BT PLC

We increasingly use technology to connect our lives.  Like me, many of you will have a plethora of online accounts and a sometimes confusing array…

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Low switching frequency IGBTs from Infineon

Low switching frequency IGBTs from Infineon

Infineon is shipping a new class of low saturation voltage VCE(sat) IGBTs specifically optimised for low switching frequencies ranging from 50Hz to 20kHz. It calls it the L5 family…

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ST revenues fall 9%

ST revenues fall 9%

STMicroelectronics reported 2014 sales of $7.4 billion for a net profit of $128 million and Q4 sales of $1.83 billion for a Q4 net profit of $43 million. It expects a 5% drop in revenues in Q1…

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Dyson recruits engineers for UK electronics campus

Dyson recruits engineers for UK electronics campus

Dyson is expanding its electronics design capabilities to support current and future product developments.

A new robotics development centre at the consumer manufacturer’s facility at Malmesbury in Wiltshire is planned to open this year.

The level of electronics and software design necessary for products such as the Dyson 360…

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 Heriot-Watt videos laser light moving directly in air

Heriot-Watt videos laser light moving directly in air

Researchers have created the first video of a laser bouncing off a mirror.

Watching laser beams fly through the air makes for dramatic battles in sci-fi films, but they’re not so easy to see in real life. In order to observe a laser, or any other light source…

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Glass for battery electrodes

Glass for battery electrodes

Swiss scientists have developed a glass that can be used as a cathode material in lithium-ion batteries

The material is vanadate borate glass, made from vanadium oxide (V2O5) and lithium-borate (LiBO2) precursors, and coated with reduced graphite oxide (RGO) to enhance its electrode properties.

Vanadium is the key…

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Lattice buys Silicon Image

Lattice buys Silicon Image

Lattice Semiconductor has bought HD connectivity specialist Silicon Image for $600 million which is 23.7% over yesterday’s Silicon Image share price…

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EU VC-backed IPOs triple in 2014

EU VC-backed IPOs triple in 2014

€7.9 billion of VC money was invested in Europe last year, up from €6.3 billion in 2013 but down from the record-breaking €10.6 billion of 2001, says Dow Jones VentureSource…

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Biosensors are target of UK organic chip licence deal

Biosensors are target of UK organic chip licence deal

NeuDrive, the bidding to commercial organic electronics production technology in the UK, has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of organic semiconducting material patents and the FlexOS trade mark from CPI Innovation Services (CPIIS), the commercial arm of the government-funded Centre for Process Innovation (CPI).

As part of the…

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