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Internet addiction and school burnout feed each other

Excessive internet use contributes to the development of school burnout. School burnout, in turn, may lead to excessive internet use or digital addiction, according to research by the Academy of Finland. The findings show that, via school burnout, adolescents’ excessive internet use can ultimately lead to depression. Exposure to digital addiction is most likely to happen if the adolescent loses ...

Brexit threatens engineering sector, says head of the IET

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Exiting the EU would be a risk to the UK’s engineering sector, warns Naomi Climer, president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The UK’s main organisation representing 100,000 engineers believes that the interests of UK engineering would be best served by remaining in the EU. “Given the considerable challenges already facing UK engineering and technology, it is difficult ...

Smart cities are a mystery to most of us

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Only 18% of the UK public has heard of a ‘smart city’, according to research carried out by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The research also revealed low interest in the technologies typically associated with smart cities. For example, only 8% saw a value in being able to order driverless or electric transport from their smart phone. The ...

Why LED lighting is so important to the chip market

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The incandescent light bulb will soon no longer be the go-to choice for lighting. It has been a long time coming, but the cost structures normally associated with LED equivalents have dropped dramatically over the past 5 years or so, writes Tony Armstrong. It should be noted that the general LED lighting market represents around 57% of the total LED market ...

Chip suppliers focus on high resolution audio

High resolution audio is the music industry’s next focus, according to a new industry report, which also said that ‘lossless’ streaming subscriptions are expected to account for almost 25% of all music subscriptions by 2020. But this does not mean the lower quality MP3 music file format is going to be replaced anytime soon. “Amazingly, the MP3 music format is ...

Perovskite solar: Good, with a dark side

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Perovoskite photovoltaics promise >20% efficiency, low cost materials and flexible, stretchable, transparent variants, but are destroyed by damp and emits poison as they die. So says a report by Cambridge market research firm IDTechEx. Organolead halide perovskites are the promising technology because they absorb light efficiently. “Flexible stretchable versions have been produced by Johannes Kepler University in Austria. With 100% ...

Raspberry Pi programming language more popular than French

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The Raspberry Pi programming language, called Python, has overtaken French as the most popular language taught in primary schools, according to a survey of school pupils and parents. Most significant was the importance even parents of the very young school  children placed on learning programming. Six out of 10 parents want their primary school age children to learn the coding language ...

Survey highlights serious cuts in government-funded science R&D

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Civil service employees in science research say decline in government-funded science affects whole economy, according to a survey by the Prospect union. The survey found that 81% of civil servants, three-quarters of those in other public bodies, and 45% of those in the private sector stated that “cuts in public funding have affected R&D across the economy over the last ...

Technology job prospects were never better, says KPMG

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Technology job prospects have never been better, according to the latest survey by KPMG/Markit. The latest tech sector business monitor found that company recruitment plans  “jumped to a survey-record high and tech companies signaled greater confidence about future workloads”. The survey found that growth in the second quarter of the year marked three years of sustained business activity growth across the UK ...

Display makers see shakeout in ITO replacement market

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The market transparent conductive film which is used in the production of displays, solar cells and touch screens, will reach $1.2bn in 2025 at the film level (ITO-on-glass, LCD and OLED displays are excluded), writes Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, head of consulting, IDTechEx. Displays and solar cells need light to enter at least one side of the device. At the same ...