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Low-power chip could make speech recognition ubiquitous

Low-power chip could make speech recognition ubiquitous

Feb 21, 2017 United States
Whereas a cellphone running speech-recognition software might require about 1 watt of power, the new chip requires between 0.2 and 10 milliwatts, depending on the number of words it has to recognize.
Tiny DNA walker harvests energy from RNA

Tiny DNA walker harvests energy from RNA

Feb 14, 2017
Researchers have introduced a new type of "super-resolution" microscopy and used it to discover the precise walking mechanism behind tiny structures made of DNA that could find biomedical and industrial applications.
Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displays

Dual-function nanorod LEDs could make multifunctional displays

Feb 13, 2017 United States
Cellphones and other devices could soon be controlled with touchless gestures and charge themselves using ambient light, thanks to new LED arrays that can both emit and detect light.
Material turns sunlight, heat, movement into electricity all at once

Material turns sunlight, heat, movement into electricity all at once

Feb 8, 2017 Finland
Many forms of energy surround you: sunlight, the heat in your room and even your own movements. All that energy -- normally wasted -- can potentially help power your portable and wearable gadgets, from biometric sensors to smart watches.
4 million pound robotics boost for offshore windfarms

4 million pound robotics boost for offshore windfarms

Feb 8, 2017 United Kingdom
A collaboration has received funding to deliver a human-robotics hybrid solution for the maintenance and operation of offshore windfarms.
Stomach acid provides long-term power for ingestible devices

Stomach acid provides long-term power for ingestible devices

Feb 7, 2017 United States
A research team has developed a set of ingestible devices that draw energy from fluids in the stomach and the small intestine, and can provide power for nearly a week.
Chemists make major strides in organic semiconductors

Chemists make major strides in organic semiconductors

Jan 31, 2017 United States
Chemists have created new materials that pave the way for the development of inexpensive solar cells.
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New wind turbines bring power boost to Shetland Islands

New wind turbines bring power boost to Shetland Islands

Jan 27, 2017 United Kingdom
After 14 years in development, the Garth Wind Limited community renewable energy company is about to switch on their wind turbine blades following support from Triodos Bank and REIF Scotland.
Gatwick first UK airport to join global renewable electricity alliance

Gatwick first UK airport to join global renewable electricity alliance

Jan 24, 2017 United Kingdom
Gatwick is the first UK airport to join more than 80 of the world's most influential companies in a programme designed to generate a massive increase in the demand for renewable electricity.
Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens

Jan 23, 2017 United Kingdom
Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have believed that graphene may have the innate ability to superconduct. Now researchers have found a way to activate that previously dormant potential.
Press Release
ScottishPower Renewables agrees contract with Nexans and DeepOcean

ScottishPower Renewables agrees contract with Nexans and DeepOcean

Jan 19, 2017 United Kingdom
ScottishPower Renewables has agreed a contract with Nexans and Darlington-based DeepOcean to fabricate and install the export cables for the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm.