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Space and military technology developments should benefit us all

The space exploration programme, much like Formula 1, has been the source of many technical breakthroughs. It has also been the source of a few misconceptions.

For example, it is widely believed that Teflon was invented by NASA; in reality, it was invented in 1938, but used by NASA in its space programmes. Not so commonly known is that NASA developed what turned into the smartphone camera as a means of capturing images. And, no, neither did NASA invent Velcro. ...

Sir Hossein pays the price as licensing deals slow

The business world has a much colder heart than does the world of technology. And Sir Hossein Yassaie, who ‘stepped down’ as chief executive of Imagination Technologies yesterday, has also found that the tolerance of business leaders is a commodity in short supply.

More electric planes, maybe, but just how much electric?

Air travel, despite the efforts of some to discourage its use on environmental grounds, is big business – not only for aircraft manufacturers, but also for operators. Its popularity is indicated by the fact that, at peak times, around 10,000 commercial aircraft will be aloft. Yet the economics of air travel are such that everyone involved in the business is looking for ‘efficiencies’ – everything from less expensive aircraft to those which consume less fuel.

There are wisps of smoke, but is there any fire?

Last year, Toshiba was engulfed in an accounting scandal following the discovery in April 2015 that it had overstated profits by nearly $2billion during the preceding seven years. The reason was, apparently, that aggressive profit targets set by the management could not be met without a spot of 'creative accounting'.

Points to consider when selecting external power supplies for home healthcare applications

With life expectancy rates rising and the associated costs of patient care soaring, medical providers are looking at ways of reducing costs while still maintaining a high level of treatment. With this, the solution of treating and monitoring patients in their homes is gaining prominence. Medical regulators recognise that there are implications and unique risks associated with these home devices but what point should we consider when selecting the external power supply?

Updates to Xilinx execs' employment agreements fuel acquisition speculation

Last year saw spent semiconductor companies spending more than $100billion in the acquisition of other organisations – whether market rivals or those who brought complementary technology. As the year closed, industry watchers wondered whether or not the so called ‘merger mania’ would continue into 2016 and the general view was ‘yes’.

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