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Physics - Innovation / Technology - 22.02.2019
Researchers use ’laser tweezers’ to boost liquid crystal technology
Institute for Molecular Engineering breakthrough could lead to new display or sensor technologies Liquid crystals, with their uniform molecular structure and orientation, offer exciting possibilities for future technology. They are already the basis of displays, which use the crystals' orientation to exhibit a wide array of colors.

Innovation / Technology - 22.02.2019
Smartphone gambling encourages "fruitless" bets
“Ubiquitous” smartphone gambling and lack of regulation presents a potential danger to people with addiction problems. A study carried out at the University of Nottingham tracked participants playing a simulated mobile gambling app. Players were watched to see how long they persevered in the face of losses.

Innovation / Technology - Politics - 20.02.2019
Top Smart Cities are Global Cities
An unprecedented global study has analysed and ranked leading cities in the worldwide “smart city” phenomenon. Based on a comprehensive webometric study, in total 27 cities made it onto the list of the world's leading smart cities, led by London, Singapore and Barcelona. The group of 27 were whittled down from a full list of over 5550 worldwide cities with 100,000 inhabitants or more.

Innovation / Technology - Academic Rankings - 13.02.2019
Bigger teams aren’t always better in science and tech
In today's science and business worlds, it's increasingly common to hear that solving big problems requires a big team. But a new analysis of more than 65 million papers, patents and software projects found that smaller teams produce much more disruptive and innovative research. In a new paper published by Nature , University of Chicago researchers examined 60 years of publications and found that smaller teams were far more likely to introduce new ideas to science and technology, while larger teams more often developed and consolidated existing knowledge.

Innovation / Technology - 12.02.2019
New Wheelchair Design: a Hand Gear for better Ergonomics
New Wheelchair Design: a Hand Gear for better Ergonomics
Using biomedical modelling, researchers at TU Wien have developed a completely new type of wheelchair. Specially designed handles make the drive more efficient and ergonomic. Anyone who thinks that a wheelchair is a simple piece of equipment with no room for improvement is sorely mistaken. The research team for biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering at TU Wien (Vienna) has now developed a completely new drive system.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 08.02.2019
Preparing for a New Tool to Study the 'Glue That Binds Us All'
Preparing for a New Tool to Study the ’Glue That Binds Us All’
Berkeley Lab researchers participate in science review of a planned next-gen electron-ion collider This video by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine describes the science questions that could be answered by an electron-ion collider - a very large-scale particle accelerator that would smash electrons into charged atomic nuclei or protons.

Materials Science - Innovation / Technology - 07.02.2019
How safe is graphene?
How safe is graphene?
Graphene is considered one of the most interesting and versatile materials of our time. The application possibilities inspire both research and industry. But are products containing graphene also safe for humans and the environment? A comprehensive review, developed as part of the European graphene flagship project with the participation of Empa researchers, investigated this question.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 06.02.2019
Quantum leap
Cambridge researchers are devising new methods to keep sensitive information out of the hands of hackers. They launched the UK's first 'unhackable' network - made safe by the "laws of physics" - in 2018.  It's really important to get this right as it's our first chance to start doing very detailed studies and see how these systems really work in the field Ian White When buying an item online, we voluntarily hand over our credit card information.

Innovation / Technology - Computer Science / Telecom - 04.02.2019
Scaling Up Search for Analogies Could Be Key to Innovation
AI, crowdsourcing can identify insights that lead to breakthroughs Investment in research is at an all-time high, yet the rate of scientific breakthroughs isn't setting any records. To resolve this quandary, scientists are turning to artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing for help in identifying a key inspiration for innovation - the perfect analogy.

Innovation / Technology - 04.02.2019
Bringing technologies from the laboratory to industry
Innovations are the driving force behind the Swiss economy. But how does an idea become an innovation, a real market success' Too many ideas from research laboratories fall by the wayside on their path to industrial implementation. They are caught in the so-called "Valley of Death" of the innovation process.

Innovation / Technology - 31.01.2019
New 3D printer shapes objects with rays of light
New 3D printer shapes objects with rays of light
A new 3D printer uses light to transform gooey liquids into complex solid objects in only a matter of minutes. Nicknamed the "replicator" by the inventors - after the Star Trek device that can materialize any object on demand - the 3D printer can create objects that are smoother, more flexible and more complex than what is possible with traditional 3D printers.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 18.01.2019
Savvy Use of Data, Technology Tells the Planet’s Story
The story of EarthTime begins on Mars. EarthTime today is a technological platform that helps people comprehend massive amounts of data about our planet and come to grips with our biggest global challenges. But 15 years ago, people just wanted to see what the Red Planet looked like. When NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers landed on Mars in 2004, they began sending back mesmerizing photos of the bleak landscape.

Materials Science - Innovation / Technology - 17.01.2019
Smart fabrics made possible by new metal deposition technique
Smart fabrics made possible by new metal deposition technique
Researchers have devised a way to deposit metals onto fabrics and used it to insert sensors and batteries into these materials. A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Imperial College London led by Dr Firat Güder from the Department of Bioengineering have developed an innovative technique to print metals such as silver, gold and platinum onto natural fabrics.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 15.01.2019
International collaboration publishes concept design for a post-LHC future circular collider at CERN
International collaboration publishes concept design for a post-LHC future circular collider at CERN
Geneva. Today, the Future Circular Collider (FCC) collaboration submitted its Conceptual Design Report (CDR) for publication, a four-volume document that presents the different options for a large circular collider of the future. It showcases the great physics opportunities offered by machines of unprecedented energy and intensity and describes the technical challenges, cost and schedule for realisation.

Innovation / Technology - 15.01.2019
Technology use explains at most 0.4% of adolescent wellbeing
A study of 300,000 adolescents and parents in the UK and USA shows that only 0.4% of wellbeing in adolescents is associated with technology use. Comparatively, eating potatoes has nearly as negative effect and wearing glasses has a more negative effect on adolescent mental health then screen use.

Innovation / Technology - Life Sciences - 15.01.2019
Ultra ultrasound to revolutionise technology
A new and extremely sensitive method of measuring ultrasound could revolutionise everything from medical devices to unmanned vehicles. Researchers at The University of Queensland have combined modern nanofabrication* and nanophotonics* techniques to build the ultraprecise ultrasound sensors on a silicon chip.

Innovation / Technology - 09.01.2019
Batteries predicted to become the cheapest option for storing electricity
Batteries predicted to become the cheapest option for storing electricity
By 2050, batteries based on lithium-ion will be the cheapest way to store electricity, such as from solar or wind farms, according to a new study. The new research calculates the cost of storing energy with different technologies, including large-scale batteries and pumped-storage hydroelectricity, and predicts those costs into the future.

Chemistry - Innovation / Technology - 09.01.2019
Viennese Scientists develop promising new type of polymers
Viennese Scientists develop promising new type of polymers
S-PPV polymers are suitable for use in a wide range of applications, from solar cells through to medicine but, until recently, they were almost impossible to produce. Now, a new synthetic method has been patented. Organic polymers can nowadays be found in solar cells, sensors, LEDs and in many other technical applications.

Health - Innovation / Technology - 08.01.2019
Wireless, battery-free, biodegradable blood flow sensor
Transforming super-sensitive touch sensors, Stanford engineers and medical researchers build a way to wirelessly monitor blood flow after surgery. A new device developed by Stanford University researchers could make it easier for doctors to monitor the success of blood vessel surgery. The sensor, detailed in a paper published Jan.

Health - Innovation / Technology - 03.01.2019
Ers warn of problems using mobile technologies in public health
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