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Dr Vladlen Shvedov (L) and Dr Cyril Hnatovsky adjusting the hollow laser beam in their lab

Physicists build tractor beam using hollow laser

Laser physicists have built a tractor beam that can attract and repel objects using a hollow beam that is bright around the edges and dark in its centre.

The attack follows the start of iPhone 6 sales in China on Friday

Chinese iCloud hacked by government, says web monitor

Apple’s iCloud storage and backup service in China has been attacked by hackers believed to be working for the country’s Government.

A German Aerospace Centre engineer measuring direct solar radiation

Assessing solar potential of Pakistan

German researchers will assess the solar power potential of Pakistan to help the country develop its renewable energy resources.

A small tank-like robot was used to test a smart neural network allowing the machine to tell people from debris

Teaching robots to tell humans from debris

Mexican researchers are developing a neural network that will allow small robots to learn how to recognise humans from other objects, a capability that could be particularly useful in rescue operations.

China Northern Railways (CNR) wants to sell its CRH380BL train to California

China's first high-speed train export bid targets California

China's train manufacturer CNR will enter the competition to build 95 trains for California’s high-speed railway in the first bid to export its technology abroad.

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Antarctica and its resident penguin community

Antarctica: the changing face of the White Continent

As ice thickness decreases and international agreements come up for renewal, the future of Antarctica could shift in emphasis from conservation to mineral exploration, while science is in danger of being pushed back to make way for more tourism.

Maria and Giuseppe Fidecaro inside the spark chamber, 1963

60 years of CERN: the nuclear heart of Europe

CERN, the organisation that runs the world's largest particle physics laboratory, turned 60 last month. Its efforts to unravel the mysteries of the universe are well documented, but the pioneering role of the engineers and computer scientists supporting the physics is sometimes overlooked.

E-Fan electric plane in flight

Electric aircraft take off, as Europe leads the way

Europe appears to be leading the charge for electric aircraft propulsion, but a number of technological hurdles remain.

Renault Next Two prototype

Car safety and the digital dashboard

As car designers compete to pack more electronics into their vehicles, they are also having to focus on the issues of safety and security.

Screen shot from Gravity

Digital visual effects: shaping the next cinematic experience

As the high-end computing resources needed to generate eye-popping on-screen effects become more available the VFX industry is playing an ever bigger part in shaping the cinematic experience.

The big picture
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's river-barge HippopoThames sculpture, a follow-up to his giant Rubber Duck (still on its floating world tour)

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's river-barge HippopoThames, a follow-up to his giant Rubber Duck (still on its floating world tour)

The world's fastest pick-up truck: a customised 1947 Chevrolet 3100 powered by a V8 6-litre 820bhp engine for a top speed of 200mph

The world's fastest pick-up truck: a customised 1947 Chevrolet 3100 with a V8 6-litre 820bhp engine for a top speed of 200mph

Korean artist Do Ho Suh's translucent fabric recreation of his apartment, using sheer coloured polyester fabric and stainless steel tubing

Korean artist Do Ho Suh's translucent fabric recreation of his apartment, using coloured polyester fabric and stainless steel tubing

A 3D-printed electric guitar by New Zealand's ODD Guitars, part of an exhibition at the National Guitar Museum New Jersey, USA

A 3D-printed electric guitar by New Zealand's ODD Guitars, part of an exhibition at the National Guitar Museum New Jersey, USA

The 'Athlete's Plane', a concept designed by Teague with Nike, to explore the effects of air travel on professional athletes

The 'Athlete's Plane', a concept designed by Teague with Nike, to explore the effects of air travel on professional athletes

A traditional London telephone box has been transformed into a solar-powered mobile phone charger, free to use for the general public

A traditional London telephone box has been transformed into a solar-powered mobile phone charger, free to use for the general public

'The Stained Glass, Driverless, Sleeper Car of the Future', by London-based designer Dominic Wilcox, on display at the 'Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: The Future of Mobility’ exhibition at designjunction, London

'The Stained Glass, Driverless, Sleeper Car of the Future', by London-based designer Dominic Wilcox, on display at the 'Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: The Future of Mobility’ exhibition at designjunction, London

A five-storey modular home clings to the side of a cliff in this conceptual design by Australian architects Modscape.

A five-storey modular home clings to the side of a cliff in this conceptual design by Australian architects Modscape.

On the eve of Scotland's historic moment, an ambitious art installation has used the latest 3D projection mapping techniques to turn an entire West Lothian farm tartan.

On the eve of Scotland's historic moment, an ambitious art installation has used the latest 3D projection mapping techniques to turn an entire West Lothian farm tartan.

Ptolemy Elrington collects lost hub caps from Britain's roadsides and turns them into animal sculptures worth up to £3,000

Ptolemy Elrington collects lost hub caps from Britain's roadsides and turns them into animal sculptures worth up to £3,000

Skateboarder Bob Burnquist and his design team created this skate ramp, weighing 7,300 lbs, that now floats on Lake Tahoe in California

Skateboarder Bob Burnquist and his team created this ramp, weighing 7,300 lbs, that now floats on Lake Tahoe in California

Technicon Design's new Ixion private jet concept replaces windows with flexible screens that can display immersive, panoramic views of the outside environment on interior cabin walls and ceilings. Cameras mounted on the plane's main body and wings capture the surrounding vistas, allowing passengers a 360° view of scenery. The high-resolution, low-voltage display is powered by solar panels placed on the roof of the plane.

Technicon Design's new Ixion private jet concept replaces windows with flexible screens that can display immersive, panoramic views of the outside environment on interior cabin walls and ceilings. Cameras mounted on the plane's main body and wings capture the surrounding vistas, allowing passengers a 360° view of scenery. The high-resolution, low-voltage display is powered by solar panels placed on the roof of the plane.

Blogs

Take our fabs. Please, please, take our fabs

20 October 2014

Normally, when a company wants to offload an operation that no-one really wants to buy, the transaction will go through for a symbolic value of a pound. Not so in GlobalFoundries' decision to take on IBM's chipmaking fabs. The computer maker expects to pay the foundry some $1.5bn in cash to sweeten the deal. And these are not clapped-out factories stuck on the trailing edge of technology. IBM has been diligent in keeping up with the times.

Lubricate this thought: Big Data is new oil

19 October 2014

Ok folks, visualize this. You drive past a fashion store and get an SMS alert on what's available in the store, with specifics on sizes and colours that match your preference.

 
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