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Brunel scientists saves £1,000s with £160 DIY microscope

Scientist Adam Lynch was stuck for a piece of research equipment, so he made his own, saving thousands of pounds, and getting a research paper published on the instrument. From Brunel University’s College of Health and Life Sciences, Lynch was studying cell movement and needed a microscope to look…

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High tech materials lab opens in Southampton

The University of Southampton has officially opened its Advanced Composite Materials Facility, “The facility, which is unique to the UK, will aim to develop and manufacture new and advanced materials for semiconductor electronics, data storage, photonics, and energy harvesting, conversion and storage,” said the University. One of the first projects…

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LED gets warmer as it dims

Is it possible for an LED to get redder as it dims? Without swapping current between a warm LED and a cool LED? It is, according to researchers from Philips. They coated a cool white LED with a layer of thermally-responsive liquid crystal. When it is hot, because the…

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Free-space laser comms using 'twisted light'

Austrian researchers have sent data through the turbulent air over Vienna using an orbital angular momentum modulated free-space laser beam. The experiment could open the door to high-speed quantum key distribution. Orbital-angular momentum (OAM) modes are a class of transverse spatial light modes where phase distribution spirals…

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IEDM to showcase IBM/Intel finfet duel

The 60th IEDM – the conference at which most of the IC industry’s technological breakthroughs are announced – takes place between 15 and 17 December…

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Imec's post-silicon NFC tags

Imec subsidiary Holst Centre with the Dutch research institute TNO, and games manufacturer Cartamundi are co-developing ultra-thin flexible NFC tags using metal-oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) technology on plastic film. The flexible chips will be integrated into game cards as a part of Cartamundi’s larger…

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Cray looks at ARM64 for supercomputing

Cray is evaluating 64bit ARM processors alongside Intel products for its supercomputers, partly under a US Government program called FastForward 2 which asks the firm to explore 64bit ARMs for high performance computing (HPC). Cray is also working with 64bit ARM chip company Cavium to build processing clusters based on…

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Cyborg insects home in on sounds of distress

Cyborg cockroaches may be the search-and-rescue teams of the future. The enhanced roaches can pinpoint the source of a noise using electric pulses delivered to their antennae, and then crawl towards it. The insects are the work of Alper Bozkurt and his team at North Carolina State University…

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