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Safer lithium-ion batteries
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a lithium-ion battery made entirely of solid material; it contains neither liquids nor gels. The battery cannot ignite, even at very high temperatures, giving it a safety advantage over conventional batteries.
World first: China’s ‘unhackable’ communications system
China has launched what it says is the world’s first quantum satellite from the Gobi Desert on Tuesday. If successful, it will allow for global hack-proof communications.
Miniature GNSS receiver
U-blox has announced the EVA-M8Q GNSS series of receivers, which are TCXO-based and optimised to provide high acquisition and tracking sensitivity
Differential strain gauge amplifier
Futek Advanced Sensor Technology has announced a new addition to its amplifier family, the IAA300.
MIT developing $10 LiDAR sensors 1000x faster than current systems
Scientists at MIT’s Photonic Microystems Group are developing a LiDAR-on-a-chip system that is 1000 times faster than current systems and could be mass-produced at a very low cost.
The 2016 PACE Zenith Awards proved to be a winner on many levels
Now in their 13th year, the 2016 PACE Zenith Awards were held last Thursday night at the hallowed grounds of Melbourne’s magnificent MCG, and by all accounts, were a raging success.
Rotation laser to combat theft
To combat the rise in worksite tool theft, Bosch Blue has introduced the GRL 500 HV Professional Rotation Laser with anti-theft protection.
Researchers develop always-on camera with gesture recognition
Smart devices that wake up with voice commands have gained popularity in recent years, and now researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have taken it one step further: an always-on camera.
New X-ray technique to view activity inside of batteries
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have created a new imaging technique that allows scientists to probe the internal makeup of a battery during charging and discharging using different X-ray energies while rotating the battery cell.
Hydraulic training system
Bestech Australia has introduced its Fluid Power Training Institute’s MF102-H-TSE, which helps students understand the principles of hydraulics by showing them applications of the various principles and theories taught throughout their education.
Solution for smart diagnostics in industrial environments
Rockwell Automation has released the IP67-rated Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master, which can access detailed sensor diagnostics in harsh operating environments.
Rugged 10-port switches
Backplane Systems Technology has released the new MAXBES 10-port switch family from MPL, which includes two 10 Gigabit SFP+ ports.
Data management solution
Schneider Electric has launched Facility Insights, a new cloud-based solution and managed services offer that allows facility managers and building owners to analyse and manage their facility’s data, with the help of its certified EcoXperts.
Tesla Autopilot accident in Beijing
There has been another Tesla Autopilot accident, this time in Beijing, with the company citing a misunderstanding over the car being “self-driving”.
Engineers blame poor web infrastructure for census bungle
Engineers have disputed claims that the failure of ABS’ Census website was caused by overseas hackers.
ABB reorganises its drive offering
ABB has reorganised its ring-geared mill drive (RMD) portfolio to make it easier for its customers to identify and select the most suitable technology for their needs.
Improved Accuracy for Magnetic, Ultrasonic and Turbine Flow Meters
There are four different VORTAB Flow Conditioner models to accommodate a variety of process requirements.
Researchers identify serious threat to many internet users
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have identified a weakness in the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) of all Linux operating systems since late 2012 that enables attackers to hijack users’ internet communications completely remotely.
BHP Billiton opens new app development hub
BHP Billiton has launched its new Mobile Applications Hub in Shanghai that will develop applications for mobile devices to help improve workers’ communications and productivity at sites worldwide.
Fujitsu develops technology to process deep learning
Fujitsu Laboratories has announced the development of software technology that uses multiple GPUs to enable high-speed deep learning powered by the application of supercomputer software parellelisation technology.