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Can Gorillaz’ Noodle help to break the mould?

Readers of New Electronics will be familiar with the continuing expressions of dismay, exhibited by a range of organisations, at the shortage of engineers. Readers will also be familiar with the calls for ‘something to be done’ – whether that’s retraining people from other industries, improving STEM education in schools or refocusing the content of university courses to better suit employers’ needs.

Security flaws continue to be exposed

We all think that connected devices are secure, but one report after another shows the situation is very different. Only recently, New Electronics highlighted vulnerabilities in medical and connected factory devices. Before that, we saw the infamous Jeep hack. And the WannaCry hack affected people and companies alike around the world.

Will Apple buy Imagination?

The ‘For Sale’ sign has gone up outside Imagination Technologies’ Kings Langley headquarters north of London. The news follows quickly after the company said that its MIPS and Ensigma business units were available.

Turning pee into power!

An unexpected energy source, urine could be used to generate enough electricity to ‘slowly’ recharge your smartphone, as well as power smart displays or lights in portable toilets.

Technology to make us super 'men'

What superman could do with his x-ray vision, man can now do with technology. A big leap has been made for 3D through-wall imaging, say researchers at UC Santa Barbara, as it is now possible ‘in flight’ using drones and Wi-Fi.

The battery technology ‘gold rush’

The number of research projects exploring the various aspects of battery technology seems to have increased dramatically over the last year or so. And there’s good reason; pressure from consumers for longer run time, as well as pressure from designers for smaller batteries is demanding new solutions.

Medical devices need better protection against cyberattacks

More than 65% of medical device makers questioned in a recent survey believe an attack on one or more of the products built by or in use in their organisation is likely over the next 12 months. Yet only 17% of respondents are taking ‘significant’ steps to prevent attacks. Alarmingly, 32% of medical device manufacturers believe that no one person or function in their organisation is ‘responsible for device security’.

Post-election the ticking clock of Brexit negotiations grows louder

With the Brexit negotiating clock ticking louder, last week's election has raised more questions than answers for UK business and science. Both have a lot to lose from a hard Brexit and Theresa May's failure to win a majority could mean that a softer Brexit is now more likely. Could her failure have transformed the Brexit negotiating landscape?

Come fly with me – or not

We don’t often get involved in the world of large scale power supplies; our focus is usually at the chip level or at point of load systems. But the recent BA computer outage is worthy of comment.

Education should be all about problem solving, says MIT Prof

There has been much discussion over the years about the relevance of the education system when it comes to producing engineers. A consistent theme has been employers suggesting that graduates don’t have the skills needed for modern engineering roles. Academics counter by saying they need to train students in the fundamentals.

A growing and dangerous threat to our cyber security

Cyber crime is costing the world’s top ten economies more than $250billion per annum and UK business leaders now rate it as being among the top three corporate risks they are confronted by. As if to make the point, what better than the recent ‘WannaCry’ attack? – a cyber attack that has led to a complex world-wide investigation.

Why don’t engineering institutions link up with The Guides?

An alliance of 38 UK professional engineering organisations has called on the next government to harness the full capacity, capability and potential of the UK’s engineering talent. Ahead of the General Election, the group identified five key priorities which it believes the next government must address.

MEMS shut out by Century-old sensor

A few weeks ago, I joined a friend to see the San Jose Sharks play the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup ice hockey playoffs. At each seat, as a fan appreciation gift, the Sharks had placed a PixMob LED bracelet. When the arena lights dimmed, the bracelets started to sparkle.

'1980s technology' still going strong

Who knew pagers were still in use? The news that Vodafone is scrapping its pager service showed that it had around 1000 customers who were still using what could be considered as a legacy communications method.

Tell ‘em, tell ‘em, then tell ‘em again

A manifesto published by 38 professional institutions representing 450,000 engineers spells out to politicians what industry needs. The institutions, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, have to hope that politicians will read it, but it’s not a certainty.

Factory vulnerabilities laid bare

By this time next year, it is estimated that there will be 1.3million robots operating around the globe. Putting aside the impact this will have on the industries and people involved, researchers from cybersecurity firm Trend Micro have found that most of those robots are vulnerable to being hacked.

Wood you believe it? Compost your components!

Until the advent of the EU’s REACH and RoHS Directives, electrical and electronics manufacturers faced few restrictions on what they could use in their products. Cadmium was a popular ingredient – such as in NiCd batteries – but is now listed specifically in RoHS. Similarly, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were widely used in manufacturing processes, as well as in components, but are now restricted tightly.

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