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Stadium expands with PowerPax acquisition

Stadium Group is continuing to expand its power portfolio, with the latest move being the acquisition of PowerPax UK, which manufactures and distributes power supplies, battery chargers and LED products, including AC/DC switch mode power supplies and DC/DC converters.

Reducing noise in buck converters

A way to stop frequency fluctuation in buck converters has been found by a research team of scientists from Golestan University in Iran, US Concordia University, and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Mechanical force to control thermoelectric voltage

The magnitude and sign of the thermoelectric voltage across atomic-scale gold junctions can be controlled by applying a mechanical strain to deform the contact minutely and accurately while the structure of the surrounding material remains unaffected, say researchers from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Acoustic waves to shrink antennas by ‘1000 times’

Antennas that are up to 1000 times smaller than currently available could be enabled by research conducted at Northeastern University in the US. “A lot of people have tried hard to reduce the size of antennas. This has been an open challenge for the whole society,” said Professor Nian Sun. “We looked into this problem and thought ‘why don’t we use a new mechanism?’"

High tunability of 2D material revealed

The band gap of moly sulphide, or MoS2, has been measured by a team at the Berkeley National Laboratory, who also revealed the 2D material's high tunability and an interrelationship between its electronic and optical properties.

Nanodiamonds to prevent fires in lithium batteries

Nanodiamonds can curtail the electrochemical deposition – called plating – that can lead to hazardous short-circuiting of lithium ion batteries, say researchers at Drexel University, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Hauzhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China.

Twistron yarns generate electricity

Yarns that generate electricity when they are stretched or twisted have been created by a research team led by scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and Hanyang University in South Korea.

Wearable displays shaped like clothes

Highly efficient, light-emitting clothes that can be commercialised have been developed by a research team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. The discovery could enable applications in augmented reality, rescue and safety, healthcare and the automotive industry.

HGV platoons to be trialled on UK roads

TRL is to lead an £8million trial of heavy vehicle platooning under real-world operational conditions. The trials, tailored to the requirements of UK roads, will look to understand issues such as fuel efficiency and reduced emissions and safety, as well as the commercial case for adoption.

Ideal memory material conceptualised

A material that could store data for an exceptionally longer time than current devices has been conceptualised by researchers at the Korean Institute for Basic Science (IBS), paving the way for future quantum memory technologies.

FPGAs power deep learning platform

Microsoft is using Intel’s Stratix 10 FPGAs in Project Brainwave – its accelerated deep learning platform that is said to be capable of delivering ‘real-time artificial intelligence’. This, according to Microsoft, will allow cloud infrastructure to process and transmit data as fast as it comes in.

Biofuel cells use sweat to power wearables

Stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and can power electronics – such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios – have been developed by a team of engineers at the University of California San Diego.

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