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Law - Innovation / Technology - 19.09.2019
Opinion: Why forensic science is in crisis and how we can fix it
Professor Ruth Morgan (UCL Security and Crime Science) writes about the misinterpretation of forensic evidence and the issues that this causes for the criminal justice system. Imagine you're in court, accused of a crime that you know you didn't commit. Now imagine a scientist takes the stand and starts explaining to the court how your DNA is on the murder weapon.

Innovation / Technology - 17.09.2019
Smiths Detection joins Imperial White City's security and defence ecosystem
Smiths Detection joins Imperial White City’s security and defence ecosystem
Global threat detection and security technologies company Smiths Detection have announced the opening of an office at Imperial College London. The new office is opened in the I-Hub with the intention of establishing an R&D partnership between the two organizations. Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, specialises in sensors and detection technology for security and defence purposes.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 17.09.2019
ESnet a Key Partner on Project to Build Novel Network Research Infrastructure
ESnet a Key Partner on Project to Build Novel Network Research Infrastructure
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding a collaborative effort to create a nationwide research infrastructure that will enable the computer science and networking community to develop and test novel architectures that could yield a faster, more secure Internet. Dubbed " FABRIC ," the four-year, $20 million project is intended to support exploratory research, at scale, in computer networking, distributed computing systems, and next-generation applications.

Innovation / Technology - Life Sciences - 17.09.2019
Novel viruses carried by the Scottish midge
Novel viruses carried by the Scottish midge
Scientists discover novel viruses carried by the Scottish midge Scotland's biting midge population carries previously-unknown viruses, according to new research. The study - published in Viruses and carried out by scientists at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) - used high throughput sequencing to study, for the first time, the total collection of viruses in the biting midge ( Culicoides impunctatus ).

Health - Innovation / Technology - 17.09.2019
New incubator to fuel life science innovation in Stanford Research Park
New incubator to fuel life science innovation in Stanford Research Park
A recently vacated building in Stanford Research Park will be the future home of a new life sciences incubator and lab suites. Located near campus, this incubator will serve as an anchor for a preeminent life sciences district. To bolster the long-term vision of a thriving bioscience community near its campus, Stanford University is working to shape part of Stanford Research Park into a leading life science district focused on fast-growing sectors such as bioengineering, gene therapies, diagnostics, medical technology and devices, surgical robotics and digital health.

Life Sciences - Innovation / Technology - 16.09.2019
New microscopes to unravel the mysteries of brain organization
New microscopes to unravel the mysteries of brain organization
The secret of capturing exquisite brain images with a new generation of custom-built microscopes is revealed today . The new microscopes, known as mesoSPIMs, can image the minute detail of brain tissue down to individual neurons that are five times thinner than a human hair, and can uncover the 3D anatomy of entire small organs, faster than ever before.

Pharmacology - Innovation / Technology - 16.09.2019
Drugs cannot escape the NarcoReader
The University of Antwerp is coordinating a European project to increase efficiency in drug detection With the NarcoReader, the University of Antwerp is collaborating with its international partners to develop a high-tech device that is intended to make the detection of drugs quite a bit more efficient.

Chemistry - Innovation / Technology - 16.09.2019
Measuring ethanol's deadly twin
Measuring ethanol’s deadly twin
ETH researchers have developed an inexpensive, handheld measuring device that can distinguish between methanol and potable alcohol. It offers a simple, quick method of detecting adulterated or contaminated alcoholic beverages and is able to diagnose methanol poisoning in exhaled breath. Methanol is sometimes referred to as ethanol's deadly twin.

Health - Innovation / Technology - 13.09.2019
MRI-guided biopsy best for determining future risk of prostate cancer
E very year, tens thousands of men in the United States are diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer. Most are told that they don't need treatment other than “active surveillance” to monitor their slow-growing tumors. Now, UCLA physicians have shown that the best way to proceed with this is by starting out with an MRI-guided prostate biopsy.

Innovation / Technology - Environment - 10.09.2019
New ways to find natural gas leaks quickly
New ways to find natural gas leaks quickly
Finding natural gas leaks more quickly and at lower cost could reduce methane emissions. Ten promising technologies mounted on drones, trucks and airplanes were tested last year. The results are in. On trucks, drones and airplanes, 10 promising technologies for finding natural gas leaks swiftly and cheaply competed in the Mobile Monitoring Challenge, the first independent assessment of moving gas leak detectors at well sites.

Health - Innovation / Technology - 09.09.2019
UK urged to lead brain-machine interface technology by Imperial-led report
UK urged to lead brain-machine interface technology by Imperial-led report
A Royal Society report, led by Imperial experts, has urged the UK Government to take the lead on tech that merges brain, body and machine. The report , part of a new perspective on this emerging technology and published by the Royal Society , argues that the UK government should launch a national investigation into neural interface technologies - devices that “blur the lines between mind and machine” - and their ethical implications.

Environment - Innovation / Technology - 09.09.2019
Interest rates are a decisive factor for competitive renewables
Renewable energy has become competitive - and one often-overlooked reason is the reduced cost of financing. Researchers from ETH Zurich and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have modelled different scenarios in order to investigate the impact of rising interest rates on renewable energy.

Innovation / Technology - 09.09.2019
Jewelry uses new technology to turn light into words
Jewelry uses new technology to turn light into words
Local startup Rayform has developed a collection of unique, stylish rings that employ technology developed at EPFL (Switzerland). The surface of each ring is structured so as to create messages out of reflected light. look like normal pieces of jewelry. But shine light on them, and you'll see they are in fact extraordinary.

Chemistry - Innovation / Technology - 06.09.2019
Innovative method provides unique insights into the structure of cells and tissues
Innovative method provides unique insights into the structure of cells and tissues
Cells are the basic building blocks of life - and, as such, they have been the object of intense study since the invention of the optical microscope in the 17th century. The development of mass spectrometry (MS) methods - those which define the chemical composition of cells - represented a further milestone for research in the field of cell biology.

Innovation / Technology - 06.09.2019
Helium researcher interested in more than party balloons
A University of Queensland PhD student is working on creating a simpler, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technique to extract helium from the earth. Abdul Quader says his research will save time and money for a range of industries that use the valuable gas. “Helium is a precious commodity due to its extreme physical and chemical properties, offering unparalleled advantages across the medical, scientific, nuclear and aerospace industries,” Mr Quader said.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 27.08.2019
Particle Accelerators Drive Decades of Discoveries at Berkeley Lab and Beyond
Berkeley Lab's expertise in accelerator technologies has spiraled out from Ernest Lawrence's earliest cyclotron to advanced compact accelerators This video and accompanying article highlight the decades of discoveries, achievements and progress in particle accelerator R&D at Berkeley Lab.

Environment - Innovation / Technology - 23.08.2019
Energising buildings
Energising buildings
A solar fašade developed at ETH Zurich combines electricity production with intelligent shading to achieve optimal energy balance. Heating or cooling internal spaces requires energy. More intelligent building façades could save much of that energy. A system developed at ETH Zurich uses movable solar panels to generate electricity while at the same time allowing the right amount of sunshine or shade to suit weather conditions and internal use.

Innovation / Technology - Social Sciences - 21.08.2019
Online dating is the most popular way U.S. couples meet
Matchmaking is now the primary job of online algorithms, according to new research from Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld. His new study shows that most heterosexual couples today meet online. Algorithms, and not friends and family, are now the go-to matchmaker for people looking for love, Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld has found.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 21.08.2019
Do pricier, faster internet plans improve streaming video quality?
Over three-quarters of today's internet traffic comes from streaming video, a number that is only projected to rise over time. To meet this demand, internet service providers offer consumers faster data speeds at premium prices, with gigabit-per-second tiers available in some areas. But do these pricier plans actually improve the quality of video streaming?

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 20.08.2019
New tools to minimize risks in shared, augmented-reality environments
New tools to minimize risks in shared, augmented-reality environments
For now, augmented reality remains mostly a solo activity, but soon people might be using the technology in groups for collaborating on work or creative projects. A few summers ago throngs of people began using the Pokemon Go app, the first mass-market augmented reality game, to collect virtual creatures hiding in the physical world.
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