Research

Nottingham Trent University picks Plessey for smart textiles

Nottingham Trent University is to integrate Plessey sensing technology into car seats to detect sleepy drivers.

Plessey has previously demonstrated electrocardiogram (ECG) measurements using its EPIC electrostatic sensing chip, and this work is being extended by the University’s Advanced Textile Research Group.
“Plessey has already demonstrated that cardiac signals…

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Meet Jibo, the family robot

In suite 712 of the Eventi Hotel, high above the sticky June bustle of Midtown Manhattan, New York, one of the world’s most advanced consumer robots awaits command…

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Boron buckyballs roll out from Brown University

Score one for boron. For the first time, a version of the famous football-shaped buckyball has been created from boron.

Discovered in 1985, buckyballs are made from 60 carbon atoms linked together to form hollow spheres. The molecular cages are very stable and can withstand high temperatures and pressures…

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Toshiba: 'most accurate all-CMOS oscillator'

Toshiba has developed a quartz-replacing all-CMOS +/-85ppm oscillator, claiming it to be the most accurate in its class.

Presented at the VLSI Symposium in Honolulu, the 24MHz RC oscillator was implemented on 0.18µm CMOS and consumes 2.9mW.
“Smaller CMOS oscillators have been designed, but with…

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Soapy tails self-assemble bucky balls

Researchers are attaching chains of carbon atoms to C60 ‘buckyball’ molecules causing them to controllably self-assemble into spheres, wires and sheets. The strings are semiconductive and photoconductive, and the structures could improve doping in organic solar cells.

Once the chains are attached, the resulting molecule is an ‘amphiphile’ (see…

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Imperial gene chip professor is EU inventor of the year

Professor Chris Toumazou, Regius Professor of Engineering at Imperial College and founder of chip firms, has won Inventor of the Year (Research category) in the European Inventor Awards – the only UK inventor to receive an award this year.

Run by the European Patent Office (EPO), the awards recognised Toumazou for…

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Lords check national research priorities

Tomorrow, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will start a short inquiry into national priorities for scientific research.

“This inquiry constitutes a very brief spot check of scientific research priorities and related issues ahead of the publication in the autumn of the Government’s science and innovation strategy…

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Biocatch behavioural biometrics promises password obsolescence

Software can identify people based solely on the way they use their mouse and keyboard, and it could let us do away with passwords altogether, writes Paul Marks of New Scientist.

As we sit hunched over our keyboards, it is hard to believe that the way we peck at the…

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