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Un-cooled IR sensor counts humans

French start-up Irynx is to team up with European research lab CEA-Leti to develop its un-cooled infra-red sensor for tracking humans. “These products will be able to count people, distinguish humans, get positions and determine posture,” said Leti. This low-cost technology will help bring to…

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DNA sequencer pioneer awarded Faraday Medal

Professor Chris Toumazou founder and CEO of DNA Electronics, the developer of semiconductor DNA sequencing technology, has been awarded the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s highest honour, the 2014 Faraday Medal. The award recognises Professor Toumazou’s pioneering work in the invention of semiconductor DNA sequencing and…

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Ultrasound pioneer to get Sir Frank Whittle medal

Ultrasound imaging pioneer Professor Peter Wells is to receive the Sir Frank Whittle medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for his achievements in medical engineering over six decades. Wells, now research Professor in the School of Engineering at Cardiff University, worked on ultrasonic surgery and he developed a novel…

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OpenStax digital textbooks learn as you learn

Tired of learning from a dusty old textbook? Try a book that learns from you. Students in Houston, Texas, are about to get their hands on the first digital schoolbooks that use artificial intelligence to personalise lessons…

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Kilobot swarm at Harvard

A self-organising thousand-robot swarm has been made at Harvard. Following simple programmed rules, the autonomous robots arranged themselves into vast, complex shapes…

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UK universities discover 'new' quantum wells

UK researchers have discovered a new  two-dimensional quantum well mechanism which they claim can emit tunable light at terahertz frequencies with “unprecedented efficiency”. The researchers, from the University of Southampton and Imperial College London, found that quantum wells, 2D nanostructures formed of several layers of semi-conductor alloys placed…

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Energy harvester mimics photosynthesis

Research at the Universities of Southampton, Sheffield and Crete, is aiming to develop a new hybrid energy transfer system, which mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis. This energy transfer is known as Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET), a radiationless transmission of energy that occurs on the nanometer scale from a…

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Cambridge firm helps commercialise cancer diagnostic device

A cancer diagnostic device which is able to isolate and capture circulating tumour cells (CTCs) from a blood sample, at concentrations as low as one in a billion blood cells, has been developed by Clearbridge BioMedics in partnership with Cambridge Consultants. According to the developers, this is crucial for both…

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