Lengthen the life, strengthen the relationship

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Lengthen the life, strengthen the relationship The UK Government’s recent ‘right to repair’ law may be a step in the right direction for consumers and for the environment, but should the legislation have been wider reaching in order to further incentivise the transition to circularity and servitisation? To require manufacturers to become providers not only […]

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UK start-up to build 65 mini airports for flying taxi services

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UK start-up to build 65 mini airports for flying taxi services Often described as flying taxis, eVTOLs are typically small electric planes or larger drone-inspired vehicles that are designed to carry a small number of passengers relatively short distances. German firm Volocopter plans to introduce a service in Paris by the time it holds the […]

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Hydrogen submarine could collect microplastics as it cruises

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Hydrogen submarine could collect microplastics as it cruises The autonomous vessel, nicknamed Esmeralda01, is designed to be “net positive” by running on hybrid green hydrogen and battery power and collecting microplastics as it cruises between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Esmeralda01 is equipped with a three-phase microplastics filtration system. Its developer, Oceanways, is preparing the submarine […]

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Can tech improve care for people with dementia?

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Can tech improve care for people with dementia? As an elderly woman listens to a Geordie folk tune she hasn’t heard since she was a girl, her face lights up. After seven decades, the song has evoked her childhood. When she was 18, Dorothy Stein moved from Newcastle, UK, to Canada, and now lives in […]

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Predictive system could prevent repeat of Gatwick Airport’s 2018 drone incident

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Predictive system could prevent repeat of Gatwick Airport’s 2018 drone incident University of Cambridge researchers used a combination of statistical techniques and radar data to predict the flight path of a drone, and whether it intends to enter a restricted airspace, for instance around a civilian airport. Their solution could help prevent a repeat of […]

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An eco-friendly method for dyeing jeans

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An eco-friendly method for dyeing jeans Dyeing denim jeans is one of the top sources of pollution within the fashion industry. That is why researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) developed a new indigo dyeing technology that’s kinder to our planet. According to the researchers, the technique reduces water usage and eliminates the toxic […]

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Apple’s autumn announcement brings bumper crop of newness

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Apple’s autumn announcement brings bumper crop of newness At its annual event, Apple announced updates to almost all of its iOS lineup of products (except the iPads Pro and Air), along with the latest iteration of its Watch wearable and new additions to its Fitness+ health and wellbeing service. All of the new products are […]

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AI-driven robotics key to recycling’s challenges

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AI-driven robotics key to recycling’s challenges China’s Operation National Sword policy initiative curbed the country’s imports of most types of solid waste for disposal, and imposed stringent limits on the materials that it will accept for recycling. The policy’s ramifications have hugely impacted the many foreign economies that for decades relied on China’s materials recovery […]

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OneWeb launches 34 more satellites as it edges closer to commercial service

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OneWeb launches 34 more satellites as it edges closer to commercial service The successful launch, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, brings OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation to 322 satellites. This amounts to nearly half of its planned fleet of 648 low earth orbit satellites that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity on the ground. Liftoff […]

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3D-printed sensors a step towards ‘intelligent’ furniture and custom controls

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3D-printed sensors a step towards ‘intelligent’ furniture and custom controls The objects were created using a new method for 3D-printing mechanisms that detect how force is being applied to an object. The structures are made from a single piece of material, meaning they can be rapidly prototyped. The researchers integrated electrodes into structures made from […]

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