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Be environmentally 'conscious' even after death

Be environmentally 'conscious' even after death
Inventor Jae Rhim Lee created an environmentally friendly way of turning people and their pet into mushroom food. Co-founder of New York-based startup Coeio, Lee’s concept is designed to make people conscious about death in a different way and start addressing the potential environmental impacts of one’s passing. For this purpose, Coeio is coming up with a range of “Infinity Burial” products with minimal environmental repercussions.
12th February 2016

The virtual (and nostalgic) Museum of Endangered Sounds

The virtual (and nostalgic) Museum of Endangered Sounds
The Museum of Endangered Sounds is a site devoted to archiving the noises of '90s and '80s technology. The site features a selection of 33 animated images that, when clicked, generate a familiar noise. A photo of the museum's founder, Brandon Chilcutt, appears at the bottom of the window. He sits hunched over a desktop computer, typing code and wearing oversize glasses.
12th February 2016

Export controls are restricting the UK electronics industry

Export controls are restricting the UK electronics industry
techUK has expressed concerns about the impact of export controls on the electronics industry. The warning follows the completion of a 12 month joint programme with the Export Control Organisation (ECO). Although progress has been made to date, exports of technology components are unfairly restricted compared to similar exports by other countries, especially the US following its introduction of new rules exempting many components from licensing.
12th February 2016


Microsoft’s latest AI app to ID dog breeds

Microsoft’s latest AI app to ID dog breeds
Microsoft is using dogs to demonstrate its machine learning chops. In the latest display of the power of deep neural networks, the Microsoft Garage incubation lab released an iPhone app and web app called “Fetch!,” which identifies the breed of a dog based on a picture. Like the previous apps and services in the series, it’s powered by Microsoft’s Project Oxford artificial intelligence platform.
12th February 2016

Twin Town Challenge aims to raise £250,000 for SpecialEffect

Twin Town Challenge aims to raise £250,000 for SpecialEffect
SpecialEffect is a charity that helps people with life changing disabilities to use computers to either play games, or simply to have access to the internet and everything that brings. This is achieved by modifying games and/or controllers so that they can be operated by eye gaze, or movement of cheeks, eye brows etc. Games manufacturers and players support the charity in many different ways and it is fast becoming known as the gamers’ charity.
12th February 2016

Distributor wins AS9120A certification

Distributor wins AS9120A certification
Richardson RFPD has achieved AS9120A certification. The AS certification series rewards aerospace and defence industry suppliers for achieving the highest levels of quality standards, meeting regulatory compliance requirements and mitigating customer risk. The AS9120A certification applies specifically to electronic component distributors who serve the aerospace industry.
11th February 2016

Collaboration produces flexible SAR testing solution for wireless devices

Collaboration produces flexible SAR testing solution for wireless devices
The MT8820C Radio Communication Analyser from Anritsu now integrates with both DASY6 and cSAR3D from Schmid & Partner Engineering AG (SPEAG) to provide seamless Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) compliance testing that significantly reduces assessment costs and maximises flexibility.
11th February 2016

The scientific highlight of the decade

The scientific highlight of the decade
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has detected gravitational waves for the first time. This is one of the most important astrophysical observations since the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background. “We have detected gravitational waves. We did it!” said Daivd Reitze, Executive Director of the LIGO Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, at a press conference announcing the discovery.
11th February 2016

Time to release untapped potential

Many companies still do not leverage the full potential that virtualisation can offer. While server and storage virtualisation has become standard features, the client’s infrastructure is often ignored. IT service provider Transtec claims that small and medium sized enterprises are still far too cautious.
11th February 2016

Batteries cause safety concerns on cargo flights

Batteries cause safety concerns on cargo flights
Following an investigation into a plane crash in 2011, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has called for restrictions on the air transportation of lithium-ion batteries. After a fire broke out on board, the Asiana Airlines cargo flight crashed into the Korea Strait killing two crew members. Although the cause of the fire was never determined, the International Civil Aviation Organisation did recommend new safety standards for the carriage of such batteries.
11th February 2016


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