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Molecular pulleys to boost battery performance

A method using molecular ‘pulleys’ that aid in the expansion and contraction of a silicon anode in a lithium ion battery has been unveiled by researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

In the search for ways to improve lithium batteries, one option is to use silicon anodes, which according to the research team would enable batteries to achieve high volumetric and energy densities sufficient for electric vehicles. However, the ...

Deep learning on a USB stick for $79

Intel is looking to bring the benefits of deep learning to a wider audience with the launch of the Movidius Neural Compute Stick. Said to be the first USB-based accelerator to bring deep neural network processing capabilities to a host devices at the edge, the Stick is being sold through RS Components and Mouser for $79.

Technique to manipulate polarisation

A technique has been developed by researchers at Brown University which uses stacks of metal plates to make a polarising beamsplitter. According to the team, the beamsplitter could be useful in a variety of systems that make use of terahertz radiation, from imaging systems to future communications networks.

Toolkit developed to narrow the ‘valley of death’

One of the continuing problems with UK innovation is the failure to capitalise on developments. But the gap between innovation and commercialisation could be narrowed by a toolkit developed by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

5G progress demonstrated using CommAgility kit

Wireless Telecom Group subsidiary CommAgility is participating in the EC’s COHERENT research project, which is developing technology for 5G wireless networks. The project uses CommAgility’s SmallCellPHY and SmallCellSTACK protocol stack running on its AMC-K2L-RF2 processing platform.

LPWAN module supports LoRa, SigFox

Murata says its collaboration with STMicroelectronics and SigFox has enabled it to become the the first major vendor to offer an LPWAN module that supports the LoRa and SigFox protocols.

Bluetooth to support mesh networking

Bluetooth technology now supports mesh networking, says the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The new mesh capability enables many-to-many device communications and is optimised for creating large-scale device networks.

Optical fibre that preserves the properties of light

A new type of optical fibre that has a large core diameter and preserves the properties of light has been developed by scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the Russian Academy of Sciences. The results of the study could enable high power pulsed fibre lasers and amplifiers as well as polarisation-sensitive sensors.

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