‘Magic bookmark’ electronically-enables plain paper books

University of Surrey researchers have been inventing ways to get electronic activity into every page of plain paper books, and have come up with two forms of ‘magic bookmark’ as they have dubbed them. Developed at Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute and its Digital World Research Centre, the idea is that the bookmark communiates with a phone app via a ...

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DVCon Europe 2021 announces extra keynotes and a VR format

The Design and Verification Conference and Exhibition (DVCon Europe) takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday 26-27 October and SystemC Evolution Day will be Thursday 28 October. The event, sponsored by Accellera Systems Initiative, the EDA standard organisation, will be a 3D VR environment. Avatars will mingle in a virtual conference centre, with tantalising glimpses of ...

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Screen-printing flexible microwave dielectrics and conductors for mmW and 5G comms

Metallic inks for printing flexible conductors are well know, but how about inks for printing flexible microwave dielectics? Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have developed a dielectric ink from the polymer ABS and ceramic particles. By screen-printing it onto glass, and then peeling off the dried result, flexible large-area dielectics of ...

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NB-IoT monitors Dorset landslides

Vodafone’s NB-IoT technology is being used to detect landslides along the Dorset coast and supply data to local farmers on cows, soil, and tractors. Sensors connected to Vodafone’s NB-IoT will allow academics, businesses, and local authorities to adopt smarter approaches to monitoring environmental and public safety issues. The technology is being used initially in two pioneering trials ...

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Need to store data for a thousand years?

Researchers at Harvard University are looking for a simple way to store data for a long time – longer than the decades of life preducted for DVDs and flash memory. Encoding data on DNA has been done, as it has on other long-chain polymers with long life, and the data desnity is emormous: ~1018 bytes/mm3, according ...

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New Yorker Electronics acquires Omni Pro Electronics

Pursuing a growth by acquisition strategy, New Yorker Electronics, has announced the acquisition of Texas-based electronic component distributor, Omni Pro Electronics. “The purchase of Omni Pro is an integral component of our aggressive acquisition plan,” said Barry Slivka, president of New Yorker Electronics. The company is actively identifying companies that fit its acquisition model, he added. ...

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Farnell stocks Advanced Energy’s Excelys low voltage power supplies

The modular and configurable power supplies are designed for integration into mission-critical systems. Among the range available for fast delivery from Farnell are the UltiMod series of UX4 and UX6 AC-DC modular power supplies. They have up to 91% efficiency and low acoustic noise. The UX4 delivers up to 600W and can be populated with up ...

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GE to put $3.5m into UK young engineer programme

General Electric (GE) has announced a five-year, $3.5 million (£2.5m) investment in the UK as part of its global Next Engineers programme, to increase the diversity of young people entering engineering. The UK programme will be based in Staffordshire, where GE operates three sites that design, develop, and service products used throughout the power and ...

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