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Deep economic impact: New mission to ensure university research benefits UK business
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Lord David Sainsbury will be part of a new task force launched to investigate ways to turn more university research into viable businesses. Over the next 12 months the new task force, set up by the Council for Industry and Higher Education, will ask the question: "How does the United Kingdom maximize the value of publicly funded research?" More

New solution can help 'permanently get rid of germs'
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A new anti-microbial treatment that can make clothing — including smelly socks — permanently germ-free has been developed by U.S. scientists. The spray on solution can be applied to existing garments, according to the team from the University of Georgia. It is designed to offer low cost protection for health care facilities, such as hospitals. More

The world's 1st 3-D chocolate printer
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Three-dimensional printing has gained steam in recent years, with designers and artists seizing the technology to fabricate everything from plastic trinkets and jewelry to coffeepots and cell phones. But wouldn't all those things be better rendered in chocolate? Of course they would, and the engineering brainiacs at Britain's Exeter University agree — which is why they've developed the world's first 3-D chocolate printer. More

US sleep therapy group buys Irish startup BiancaMed
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U.S. sleep therapy group ResMed has acquired Irish startup BiancaMed in a multimillion euro cash deal. The University College Dublin spinout has developed a sensitive motion sensor that can detect movement and respiration without being connected to the body and then convert the data into measurement of sleep and breathing patterns. A major application for such technology is in the diagnosis of sleep apnea — where breathing is interrupted during sleep. More

Future of electric cars hinges on better batteries
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Electric cars are a game-changing technology with an Achilles' heel — the battery. In Asia, governments and big battery companies are investing heavily in next-generation battery technology, while in the United States much of the cutting edge research is being performed at Department of Energy labs and universities. The Bay Area — home to Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla Motors, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and two dozen battery startups — has emerged as one of the nation's leading hubs of battery innovation. More

Cambridge University power control startup backed by ARM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
United Kingdom's Cambridge University power control spinout, Amantys has secured the backing of ARM in its latest funding round. The startup has secured $7 million of investment funding which it will use to expand its Cambridge-based design team and bring a first digital power switching product to market. More

Glasgow expands fabrication capabilities with additional OIPT systems
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The James Watt Nanofabrication Center in Glasgow, United Kingdom has added a PlasmaPro System100 ICP plasma etch system to its existing installed base of etch and deposition tools from U.K.-based system maker Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology. The PlasmaPro System100 ICP will be used to etch compound semiconductors materials used in applications such as optoelectronics, millimeter-wave and terahertz, bioengineering, biotechnology, lab-on-a-chip, energy harvesting and photovoltaics. More

Intelligent street light system uses 80 percent less electricity
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Of all the energy-saving tips out there, probably the one we hear most often is to not leave lights on when we leave a room. It's good advice, yet cities around the world are not following it in one key way — their streetlights stay on all night long, even when no one is on the street. The Netherlands' Delft University of Technology is experimenting with a new streetlight system on its campus, however, in which motion sensor-equipped streetlights dim to 20 percent power when no people or moving vehicles are near them. The system is said to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent, plus it lowers maintenance costs and reduces light pollution. More

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