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Environment - Innovation - 15.11.2019
EPFL creates a solar cooker with solid potential in Switzerland
EPFL creates a solar cooker with solid potential in Switzerland
EPFL scientists have developed a glass-paneled solar cooker that delivers exceptional performance. Their patented design can operate an average of 155 days a year in Switzerland's cloudiest regions and up to 240 days in its sunniest.  Solar cookers - or solar-powered ovens - can be used to cook foods at low temperatures (60-120°C) for anywhere from 30 minutes up to four hours.

Innovation - 06.11.2019
Imperial startup launches flagship store in the heart of London
Imperial startup launches flagship store in the heart of London
DnaNudge, co-founded by Imperial professor Chris Toumazou, has launched a flagship store in London's Covent Garden. DnaNudge offers the world's first DNA-based service for healthier food choices. The new Covent Garden store provides on-the-spot DNA testing, which is then used to ‘nudge' users to make healthier food shopping choices.

Business / Economics - Innovation - 30.10.2019
Data science predicts which failures will ultimately lead to success
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first job in television. Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school multiple times, and Michael Jordan didn't make his high school's varsity basketball team. Stories like these fuel motivational mantras about learning from failure and coming out stronger on the other side.

Materials Science - Innovation - 30.10.2019
Advanced carbon materials research boosted by new funding
Advanced carbon materials research boosted by new funding
The University of Sydney's research collaboration with Hazer Group has received an additional $811,712 in funding following a new partnership with the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. University of Sydney Chemical Engineer Professor Yuan Chen 's ongoing research into developing and optimising advanced carbon materials (ACM) in partnership with Hazer Group has been bolstered with an additional $811,712 in funding awarded by the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC).

Innovation - Computer Science / Telecom - 29.10.2019
Touch-based display helps blind people create
Stanford researchers designed a tactile display that aims to make 3D printing and computer-aided design accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. With the goal of increasing access to making, engineers at Stanford University have collaborated with members of the blind and visually impaired community to develop a touch-based display that mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.

Innovation - 24.10.2019
Future of England Survey reveals public attitudes towards Brexit and the union
Future of England Survey reveals public attitudes towards Brexit and the union
Deep divides fuelled by the Brexit debate have been laid bare in new research from Cardiff University and the University of Edinburgh. Academics say the latest Future of England Survey, which explores people's attitudes to the constitution across England, Scotland and Wales, will be ‘uncomfortable reading' for both those who voted Leave and those who voted Remain in the 2016 EU Referendum.

Innovation - 21.10.2019
New Tool Determines Threats to Networked 3D Printers
In the rising era of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) devices, factories are being upgraded. Devices, such as networked 3D printers, can now interact with other machines and be controlled remotely to improve efficiency. But connecting these devices to the network makes them more prone to danger. Some cyber-attackers might stop them from working, while others could steal designs or hold them hostage for ransom.

Innovation - 18.10.2019
UAntwerp scientists and imec use wireless technology at festivals
Crowd density estimation provides organisers with valuable information. Festivals and other large-scale events attract many people, but organisers often lack insight into the number of people attending the event and their movements.

Environment - Innovation - 16.10.2019
Major implications for global metal demand without industry change
Major implications for global metal demand without industry change
The effects environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks will have on the global supply of metals without major innovations in the mining industry have been highlighted by University of Queensland researchers. Researchers from UQ's Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) designed a matrix to assess the ESG context of more than 600 individual copper, iron and bauxite orebodies and then analysed how it may affect global supply.

Physics - Innovation - 11.10.2019
Controlling superconducting regions within an exotic metal
Controlling superconducting regions within an exotic metal
Researchers at EPFL have created a metallic microdevice in which they can define and tune patterns of superconductivity. Their discovery, which holds great promise for quantum technologies of the future, has just been published in Science. Superconductivity has fascinated scientists for many years since it offers the potential to revolutionize current technologies.

Innovation - 11.10.2019
Engineering solutions for safer roads
More than 1.25 million lives are lost on roads around the world each year - a statistic a University of Queensland -led research team is aiming to tackle using engineering technology. UQ civil engineer and researcher Professor Simon Washington said the Engineering and Technology project relied on video technology, deep learning, artificial intelligence and advanced econometrics to improve road safety.

Environment - Innovation - 10.10.2019
Interactive map shows nature’s contributions to people
The researchers set out to understand where nature contributes the most to people and how many people may be affected by future changes. By 2050, up to 5 billion people could be at higher risk of water pollution, coastal storms and underpollinated crops. Nature supports people in critical ways, often at a highly local level.

Physics - Innovation - 09.10.2019
Physicists couple key components of quantum technologies
Physicists couple key components of quantum technologies
Quantum effects are genuinely found in the world of nanostructures and allow a wide variety of new technological applications. For example, a quantum computer could in the future solve problems, which conventional computers need a lot of time to handle. All over the world, researchers are engaged in intensive work on the individual components of quantum technologies - these include circuits that process information using single photons instead of electricity, as well as light sources producing such individual quanta of light.

Physics - Innovation - 09.10.2019
Quantum paradox experiment may lead to more accurate clocks and sensors
Quantum paradox experiment may lead to more accurate clocks and sensors
More accurate clocks and sensors may result from a recently proposed experiment, linking an Einstein-devised paradox to quantum mechanics. University of Queensland physicist Dr Magdalena Zych said the international collaboration aimed to test Einstein's twin paradox using quantum particles in a ‘superposition' state.

Innovation - Veterinary Science - 26.09.2019
High-Tech Sensors and Blockchain: New Avenues Towards Elimination of Rabies
High-Tech Sensors and Blockchain: New Avenues Towards Elimination of Rabies
Rabies continues to kill approximately 60,000 people every year, mainly in Africa and Asia. In order to reach the goal to eliminate dog-mediated human rabies worldwide by 2030, integrated strategies, political will and innovations are needed. Swiss TPH is at the forefront of rabies research; from devising high-tech sensors to track dogs in urban settings and employing new mathematical methodologies to investigating blockchain for improved access to post-exposure prophylaxis.

Physics - Innovation - 25.09.2019
Precision physics with 'tabletop' experiments
Precision physics with ’tabletop’ experiments
With the future of large particle accelerators uncertain, Stanford theorists are exploring the use of smaller, more precise "tabletop" experiments to investigate fundamental questions in physics. The history of particle accelerators is one of seemingly constant one-upmanship. Ever since the 1920s, the machines - which spur charged particles to near light speeds before crashing them together - have grown ever larger, more complex and more powerful.

Health - Innovation - 24.09.2019
UCL plays significant role in pioneering data research centres
UCL is a key partner in four of seven new centres announced by Health Data Research UK. The data hubs, to be set up across the UK from October this year, will speed up research for new medicines, treatments and health technologies to support quicker diagnosis and save lives. They will promote better use of health data by linking up different types of data and making it more easily accessible and user-friendly for research, while maintaining strict controls around data privacy and consent.

Environment - Innovation - 24.09.2019
Lead found in turmeric
Some spice processors in Bangladesh use an industrial lead chromate pigment to imbue turmeric with a bright yellow color prized for curries and other traditional dishes, elevating blood lead levels in Bangladeshis. It's billed as a health booster and healing agent, but it may be the source of cognitive defects and other severe ailments.

Law - Innovation - 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 - 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.
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