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The Railway Challenge, organised by our Railway Division, provides a brilliant opportunity for aspiring teams to compete in yet another challenging industry-specific competition, showcasing their skills, expertise, knowledge, and business acumen. Each annual Challenge cycle kicks-off in October, ending...

Research conducted by Andreas Andreou, a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and member of the Center for Language and Speech Processing, as part of a $2 million contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

Perceptual Robotics uses autonomous drones to map turbines before passing the images onto a cloud-based artificial intelligence system which processes them to detect damage. The company’s founders believe their technology is two thirds cheaper than existing methods of detection...

A search for lower-carbon motor fuel is pitting food companies against the energy industry over tightening supplies of a humble commodity: vegetable oil. Fuel refiners including Marathon Petroleum and ExxonMobil are adding “renewable diesel” to their product mix in...

Great Britain’s energy regulator has launched a £450m fund aimed at innovative projects that will help the country meet its net zero climate targets. Ofgem will make the money available to energy network companies that are trying to ensure...

NASA has cut a 10 cent check to space startup Lunar Outpost in the first-ever payment to a company to mine the moon. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson presented Justin Cyrus, CEO of Colorado-based space startup Lunar Outpost, with the...

TSMC is reportedly increasing its chip manufacturing prices by as much as 20 per cent in the near future. For things like microcontrollers and other components on larger process nodes – think 120nm down to about, we guess, 16nm...

Yet another additive construction startup is joining the increasingly competitive, yet still niche segment. Diamond Age is presenting itself as a “full stack robotics” firm aiming to automate the construction of homes using 3D printing and a suite of...

In April 2020 a grainy screenshot of China’s sovereign digital currency, DCEP (short for Digital Currency/Electronic Payments) or the Digital Chinese Yuan (DCNY), was leaked online. The image showed a wallet for the DCNY provided by the Agricultural Bank...

UK ministers have launched an investigation into how energy suppliers market renewable electricity deals, following criticism that many companies are guilty of “greenwashing”. Nearly 9m households are on deals branded as “green” or as providing “100 per cent renewable...

Do you design the future? The mission: develop and execute green concepts that shall replace non-sustainable products in the future! Every year, the Green Future Club awards concepts for sustainable materials, products and services that are not yet on...

Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has thrown a spanner into Nvidia’s buyout of Arm, saying the deal presented “significant competition concerns” in a report published today. The CMA’s July report highlighted the danger of Nvidia “foreclosing” Arm’s intellectual...

When Fred Schoeps bought a 150-year-old building in downtown Ithaca, New York, a decade ago, he was one of only a handful of building owners dedicated to ending their reliance on fossil fuels and reducing their carbon footprint. His...

A California-based IT consultancy has sued Huawei and its subsidiary in Pakistan alleging the Chinese manufacturer stole its trade secrets and failed to honor a contract to develop technology for Pakistani authorities. The complaint [PDF], filed on Wednesday in...

A team of former SpaceX rocket engineers have joined the race to build the first commercial electric speedboat. The Arc Boat company announced it had raised $4.25m (£3m) in seed funding to start work on a 24ft 475-horsepower craft...

We believe in the power of young, talented and ambitious nature conservationists committed to protecting wild animal and plant species. The applications for the 2022 Future For Nature Awards are open. Apply now! “In the end, it is that...

Early in 2011, a couple of WIRED colleagues and I were discussing the incredible speed at which the startup scene in London was growing and the sheer number of innovative companies that were being founded. Something tangible was happening....

Electricity is as old as the universe, but we’ve been controlling it and using it for not much more than a century. And our methods of managing it don’t differ that much, frankly, from the days of Edison and...

PsiQuantum has raised $450 million in Series D funding to build a quantum computer with one million qubits – the level at which quantum computers become commercially viable. The funding round was led by BlackRock with participation from Baillie...

Redefine Meat, the food brand that promised a 3D printed plant-based “beef” revolution in Israel, announced the commercial launch of its first-ever series of five “New-Meat” products in local restaurants and hotels. Following comprehensive testing and validation with leading...

As cyberattacks proliferated this year, Sanjay Beri, the chief executive of Netskope, a cloud security start-up, got a phone call. Then an email. Then more messages. All were from venture capitalists who wanted to invest in his company. Given...

Redwood Materials, a battery recycler created by Tesla cofounder and former tech chief JB Straubel, just raised more than $700 million from investors that will help it scale up recovery of lithium, cobalt, nickel and other metals needed by...

Firms looking to save money by shifting to more flexible ways of working will need to think carefully about IT security and the additional cost of breaches linked to staff working from home. That’s according to the latest annual...

Supply chain productivity is to benefit from £53m being invested by government into five new digital manufacturing research centres and projects announced by investment minister Lord Grimstone. The funding has been awarded though the national Made Smarter programme, a...

The BBA Journals are seeking striking and artistically impressive scientific images to use on the each of the BBA journal covers for the 2022 calendar year. We are inviting researchers from within the community that the BBA journals serve,...

The scientific journal, Energy Storage Materials (EnSM), is requesting written nominations from the international community for its 2021 EnSM Award (1 awardee) and EnSM Young Scientist Award (3 awardees). The purpose of the EnSM Award is to recognize an...

Atos and Graphcore have signed a partnership to accelerate performance and innovation in AI by integrating Graphcore’s IPU compute systems into Atos’ recently launched ThinkAI offering. This partnership will mutually benefit both parties. Atos’ long-standing position as a European...

Six projects have been selected to receive funding under the Johns Hopkins Digital Education and Learning Technology Acceleration grant program. Selected from a pool of 15 proposals, these DELTA award projects will receive up to $75,000 to enhance the...

The latest update to Tesla’s self-driving technology ups the company’s stake in a bold bet that it can deliver autonomous vehicles using cameras alone. But despite improving capabilities in vision-based self-driving, experts say it faces fundamental hurdles. Last Saturday,...

As some of the world’s largest companies invest billions to advance battery technology, Dominic Spooner has been working at solving the next problem: the impact of unwieldy – and environmentally unfriendly – battery casings. Spooner runs his lightweight battery...

In 2015, an obscure company run by a real estate mogul woke the world to China’s ambitions in semiconductors, the foundational technology that powers computing. Laden with state funding and political backing, the company made jaws drop with a...

The chemicals company owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe has agreed to become a cornerstone investor in a new “clean” hydrogen fund that plans to list on the London Stock Exchange later this year. Ineos, which has made Monaco-based Ratcliffe...

The Defense Department said on Tuesday that it would no longer pursue a lucrative cloud-computing contract that had become the subject of a contentious legal battle amid claims of interference by the Trump administration. The Pentagon had warned Congress...

President Biden and many lawmakers in Washington are worried these days about computer chips and China’s ambitions with the foundational technology. But a massive machine sold by a Dutch company has emerged as a key lever for policymakers —...

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced the winners of its First of a Kind competition to develop new technology to encourage passengers back to the railway. In total, 30 projects have received a share of a £9M pot...

Reuters is reporting that SoftBank stopped manufacturing Pepper robots at some point last year due to low demand, and by September, will cut about half of the 330 positions at SoftBank Robotics Europe in France. Most of the positions...

Almost two-thirds of wind and solar projects built globally last year will be able to generate cheaper electricity than even the world’s cheapest new coal plants, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). The agency...

The winners of the 3D Pioneers Challenge have just been announced. The First Prizer winner of one of 3D printing’s most prestigious awards was the 3D printed helmet from HEXR, which also won the FashionTech category. Winner Robin Spicer...

Launched in 2017, the Allianz Climate Risk Research Award acknowledges and rewards young scientists whose works shed light on the nexus between climate change and the extreme weather events that threaten millions of livelihoods and present ways these populations...

COMPETITION: YES21

What is YES? The Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) is an innovative global competition developed to raise awareness among early career researchers how ideas can be commercialised. For the past 26 years, teams, united by a dedication to their subject,...

Self-driving cars get all the hype. But while the category continues to face a long and uncertain path to commercialization, a burgeoning crop of autonomous vehicles is already hitting the market. The latest is Scythe Robotics, a Boulder, Colorado-based...

Five winners of the 2021 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Chemistry Challenge Awards were announced at a virtual ceremony today. One academic researcher and four companies were honored for work that includes making pharmaceutical molecules more efficiently and...

As the pandemic triggered record plunges in UK energy demand last year, some electric car drivers were making money from surplus supply. A new breed of electricity tariffs allows customers using “vehicle-to-grid” chargers to top up their batteries when...

For 200 years Johnson Matthey has pursued metallurgical innovation, from its 19th-century creation of the world’s first standard metres and kilogrammes to the 1970s development of the catalytic converters that dominate its sales today. Now, as the looming demise...

Biopolymer maker NatureWorks has announced plans to build the world’s first fully integrated polylactic acid resin plant in Thailand. The plant will produce lactic acid, lactide, and the company’s Ingeo biopolymer, and is set to open in 2024. NatureWorks...

The 3D printing industry has known for several years that desktop extrusion systems can produce some noxious byproducts, specifically volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ultrafine particles (UFPs). However, manufacturers have been slow to rectify this issue, with only one...

Five times more deadly than the flu, COVID-19 causes significant morbidity and mortality. Like other pneumonias, pulmonary infection with COVID-19 results in inflammation and fluid in the lungs. COVID-19 looks very similar to other viral and bacterial pneumonias on...

Have you ever hit a surprise pothole or other road obstruction? Do you wish your navigation app could provide more precise location or lane-level accuracy? These and other novel features are powered by smartphone positioning services. Machine learning and...

FAMAE is an independent family foundation that supports innovation in the field of environment. The foundation organizes every year an International Challenge to help inventors to create simple and innovative solutions that can substantially improve our daily lives, while...

Whether it was gangsters a century ago speeding off in faster getaway cars, or terrorists and hackers in recent decades who shielded their communications through encrypted apps, criminals have perennially exploited technology to stay a step ahead of law...