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UK industry failing to make STEM topics attractive to women
The Government's announcement that it will make £200million available to increase the take up of STEM subjects at English universities is welcomed by ...
Broadband boost for train passengers planned
A generation or so back, trains were things of the past, surplus to the transportation requirements of many people. How things change. Today, trains ...
Is UK industry interested in promoting STEM and engineering?
According to a recent survey from The IET, more than a third of UK employers have done nothing to attract young women into engineering. The survey ...
Nokia uses a bolt of lightning to charge Lumia 925
The possibilities presented by wireless charging are pretty exciting. But imagine if you could charge your phone simply by harnessing the natural ...
Use of electronic devices on planes to be relaxed?
Moves appear to be in process that will relax restrictions on the use of electronic devices on airplanes – at least in the US. A report says a ...
Frequency accuracy: Do we really need it?
Precision crystal oscillators, typically high performance temperature compensated and oven stabilised crystal oscillators, are required to give ...
Will private owners be able to turn BlackBerry around?
BlackBerry is set to pass into private hands as a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings offers $4.7billion for the troubled mobile phone ...
Build them and they will come?
The State University of New York (SUNY) and its Centre for Nanoscale Electronics is rapidly developing into the centre of power in the electronics ...
What’s gone wrong at Agilent?
Agilent appears to be cutting its test & measurement business adrift. The company has announced plans to split into two: one part, which retains the ...
Does Apple still have it?
Does Apple still have it? The answer is pretty clear – No. If you're looking for an iPhone 5 in a colourful new plastic case, you're in luck. If ...
Still working after all these years
NASA has determined that Voyager 1 – launched in August 1977 on a mission to explore the outer planets – left the solar system in August 2012.
Change continues at RS Components
RS Components has undergone something close to revolutionary change in the last year or so and it appears that work is still in progress. Alongside ...
Apple empire strikes back with two new iPhones
A year ago, it seemed that Apple was at risk of being knocked off the top spot in the smartphone world. The company had just gone through a ...
If Moore’s Law ‘hits the wall’ in 2020, what comes next?
We have become used to the semiconductor manufacturing sector meeting the requirements of Moore's Law; every 18 months, they produce chips with twice ...
Young Engineers dominate BEEAS shortlist debate
I've been involved in judging entries to the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAS) since the scheme was launched in 2009.
Will Microsoft turn out to be Nokia’s saviour?
Finally, Microsoft has given the green light to the acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone business, spending around $7billion in the process. It's been ...
How will Vodafone spend the cash?
It's all happening in the mobile phone world. Alongside Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset business, Vodafone has unloaded its share in US ...
From Hollerith to HTML5: the inevitable rise of the ...
Some people are pretty good at predicting the future. Here's an example. In 1909, Nikola Tesla proclaimed that 'everyone in the world' would one day ...
Defeating the golden sample syndrome
Since my early days as a process engineer in the printed circuit board (pcb) industry, I've been witness to the 'Golden Sample Syndrome'. Back then, ...
ARM considers kHz clocks for IoT applications
The semiconductor industry has been pushing down the technology curve for decades, following the prediction outlined in Moore's Law that the number ...
Electronic charge to 800mph
Breaking the land speed record would require a very special blend of latest technologies you would have thought.
Does 3D printing mean electronics engineers need to release ...
Allowing people to build almost anything, simply and cheaply, 3D printing is the hobbyist's dream tool. It's also a technology which brings a new ...
Cyber thingy machines 4.0
Last week in America I was at a conference where the buzz was all about Cyber Physical Systems. But do Cyber Physical Systems fire the ...
Flash drives semiconductor technologies
Demand for NAND flash is said to be growing at 45% per year, driven mainly by the consumer market and by tablets in particular.
New tvs for old
With most tv manufacturers striving to create ever larger devices which are increasingly thin, it's refreshing to see a company take a step backward ...