R&D

Graphene solar cell breakthrough ‘sees’ like a moth

University of Surrey

Solar cell conversion efficiency could be dramatically increased if graphene research at the University of Surrey can be commercialised. The researchers say they have demonstrated how graphene can be manipulated to create the most light-absorbent material for its weight, to date. The discovery was made as part of research the Surrey team has been doing in cooperation with BAE Systems ...

Researchers say quantum bits could make the internet unhackable

The answer to making data exchanges over the internet unhackable could be found in the spin of an electron held in a crystal of semiconducting material known as a ‘quantum dot’. Researchers from the University of Glasgow working Stanford, Tokyo and Würzburg universities have developed a technique for applying the security of quantum bits to optical fibre data communications. According ...

Humanoid robots may pilot space ships to Mars, says NASA

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NASA has given prototype humanoid robots to two US universities in a development programme which could see robots used on deep-space flights to Mars. NASA believes humanoid robots could take the place of astronauts working in extreme space environments. One robot, called R5, could be used to perform mission tasks before humans arrive or as human-assistive robots actively collaborating with the human ...

Professor Danielle George raises engineering awareness at NIDays

Danielle George (Photo: Paul Wilkinson)

Professor Danielle George will deliver a keynote presentation at the NIDays technology conference in London next week. The associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Manchester, who presented last year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, will highlight the importance of raising public awareness of the positive impact engineering has on ...

Europe can lead the world in solar energy technologies

Suppliers already know the business potential of the solar energy system market. But a major conference in Germany this week shows that European researchers will put the region in a leading position in the development of photovoltaics, the core technology for solar power. The European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2015) is taking place in Hamburg this ...

Affordable DNA sequencer goes on the market

Chai Biotechnologies Open qPCR

A DNA analysis and sequencing system which based on open source software has been developed by a California-based start-up. The system carries out the thermal cycling in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which is the technique used for DNA sequencing and analysis of genes. It has been created by Chai Biotechnologies and will sell for $2,200 which is considerably less ...

Does George Osborne believe in manufacturing?

George Osborne’s Budget may have received the thumbs up from the City, but does it show that he believes the technology and manufacturing industries are important for future growth?   Tom Wills-Sandford, deputy director general of IT and technology association, Intellect points his finger on the real concern. While he felt there were a number of positive announcements for the ...

Read Aldous Huxley to learn about touch technology

Touchscreen technology may be selling like hot-cakes in mobiles and other consumer devices, but technology firms want to improve it. They want to put a ‘click’ back in to touch control. The way this is done is a technique called bending wave haptic technology, and Cambridge-based NXT is working to add haptic technology to touchscreens.