20 Oct 2022
Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory (HCL)
The HCL is based within the University of Cambridge and is developing silicon-based quantum computing hardware.
17 Oct 2022
Watching Lithium in Real Time to Improve Performance of EV Batteries
Researchers have found that the irregular movement of lithium ions in next-generation battery materials could be reducing their capacity and hindering their performance. The team, led by the tracked the movement of lithium ions inside a promising new battery material in real time.
4 Oct 2022
New Evidence for Liquid Water Beneath the South Polar Ice Cap of Mars
An international team of researchers has revealed new evidence for the possible existence of liquid water beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars. The researchers used spacecraft laser-altimeter measurements of the shape of the upper surface of the ice cap to identify subtle patterns in its height. They then showed that these patterns match computer model predictions for how a body of water beneath the ice cap would affect the surface.
3 Oct 2022
Cambridge Smart Plastics
Cambridge Smart Plastics are a UK-based company, providing novel polymer materials with unique characteristics. IDTechEx spoke with Andrew Terentjev (CEO).
22 Aug 2022
Algorithm Learns to Correct 3D Printing Errors
Engineers have created intelligent 3D printers that can quickly detect and correct errors, even in previously unseen designs, or unfamiliar materials like ketchup and mayonnaise, by learning from the experiences of other machines.
18 Aug 2022
Floating Artificial Leaves Ride the Wave of Clean Fuel Production
Researchers have developed floating 'artificial leaves' that generate clean fuels from sunlight and water, and could eventually operate on a large scale at sea. The researchers designed ultra-thin, flexible devices, which take their inspiration from photosynthesis - the process by which plants convert sunlight into food. Since the low-cost, autonomous devices are light enough to float, they could be used to generate a sustainable alternative to petrol without taking up space on land.
8 Aug 2022
Smart Lighting System Based on Quantum Dots
Researchers have designed smart, colour-controllable white light devices from quantum dots - tiny semiconductors just a few billionths of a metre in size - which are more efficient and have better colour saturation than standard LEDs, and can dynamically reproduce daylight conditions in a single light.
4 Aug 2022
Opto Biosystems are a start-up emerging from the University of Cambridge, developing injectable neural interfaces capable of detecting activity in the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system. One key use case for this technology is the minimally invasive monitoring of brain cancer patients. Tess Skyrme, Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, interviewed Co-founder Ben Woodington.
27 Jul 2022
Illumina is a US-based biotech company, founded in 1998 by Larry Bock and Anthony Czarnik. Illumina is a leader in the DNA sequencing market and is believed to own the largest share of the genetic sequencing industry.
29 Jun 2022
Climate Damage Caused by Growing Space Tourism Needs Urgent Mitigation
A formidable space tourism industry may have a greater climate effect than the aviation industry and undo repair to the protective ozone layer if left unregulated, according to a new study.
7 Jun 2022
VividQ is a Cambridge, UK-based firm which focuses on developing IP for computer-generated holography, both for software and optical engine hardware. Its method of generating holograms is efficient on common GPUs and its display solutions may be constructed from off-the-shelf hardware. The key use cases it targets are AR wearables and automotive HUDs.
26 May 2022
Secret to Treating Achilles Heel of Alternatives to Silicon Solar
A team of researchers from the UK and Japan has found that the tiny defects which limit the efficiency of perovskites - cheaper alternative materials for solar cells - are also responsible for structural changes in the material that lead to degradation.
23 May 2022
Low Cost Battery-Like Device Absorbs CO2 Emissions While it Charges
Researchers have developed a low-cost device that can selectively capture carbon dioxide gas while it charges. Then, when it discharges, the CO2 can be released in a controlled way and collected to be reused or disposed of responsibly.
17 May 2022
Reliable and Renewable Biological Photovoltaic Cell
Researchers have used a widespread species of blue-green algae to power a microprocessor continuously for a year - and counting - using nothing but ambient light and water. Their system has potential as a reliable and renewable way to power small devices.
9 May 2022
Taste of the Future: Robot Chef Learns to 'Taste As You Go'
A robot 'chef' has been trained to taste food at different stages of the chewing process to assess whether it's sufficiently seasoned. The results could be useful in the development of automated or semi-automated food preparation by helping robots to learn what tastes good and what doesn't, making them better cooks.
11 Apr 2022
Echion Technologies are a UK start-up developing mixed niobium oxide anodes for high power, long life Li-ion batteries.
8 Apr 2022
Nyobolt are a UK-based start-up developing fast-charging Li-ion batteries.
15 Mar 2022
Drug Incorporated Into Silicone Coating Reduces Reaction to Implants
Long-term use of implantable electronic medical devices - such as pacemakers and cochlear implants - is hampered by the body's reaction to foreign bodies. Now, in a study in mice has shown that this reaction can be dramatically reduced by incorporating an anti-inflammatory drug into the silicone coating around the implant.
1 Mar 2022
Sorex is a gas sensor company spun out of the University of Cambridge, seeking to commercialise acoustic wave sensor research for air quality and medical markets, including mobiles and wearables.
22 Feb 2022
Self-Healing Materials for Robotics Made from Jelly and Salt
Researchers have developed self-healing, biodegradable, 3D-printed materials that could be used in the development of realistic artificial hands and other soft robotics applications.