Tag Archives: Jim Drury

09Oct/17

How coffee could power your car

A new one-step process that turns spent coffee grounds into biofuel could help in the fight to reduce our reliance on diesel made from fossil fuels, say researchers at Lancaster University. Jim Drury reports. Continue reading

25Sep/17

Our sleep patterns inherited from hunter-gatherers, says study

A study of a remote Africa tribe wearing actigraphs suggests for the first time that a 50-year-old theory on animal sleep patterns applies to humans, as Jim Drury reports. Continue reading

14Aug/17

300 x faster WiFi promised by light ray technique

Eindhoven University of Technology researchers say their prototype device can provide WiFi speeds hundreds of times faster than current commercial systems, using infrared rays of light. Jim Drury reports.

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS (Reuters) – Researchers say their new wireless network that uses harmless infrared rays will make wifi speeds up to 300 times faster.

PROFESSOR TON KOONEN, EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY,

“What we are doing actually is using rays of light which convey the information in a wireless way, and each ray is acting as a very high capacity channel. It’s actually the same as an optical fibre without needing the fibre, and what we achieved up to this moment is 112 gigabits per second.”

That’s the equivalent data of three full-length movies being downloaded per second.

Light antennas radiate multiple invisible wavelengths at various angles.

If a user’s smartphone or tablet moves out of one antenna’s sightline, another takes over.

Infrared wavelengths don’t go into your eyes, making them safe to use.

The lack of moving parts makes the system maintenance and power-free.

While each user gets their own antenna.

PROFESSOR TON KOONEN, EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY,

“The big benefits we see of our technique is that you offer unshared capacity to each individual user, so you get a guaranteed capacity. Next to that you only get a beam if you need the traffic. So we’re not illuminating the whole place where maybe a single user is there. That means it’s much more power efficient. Another efficiency, another advantage, is that light doesn’t go through walls. So that means your communication is really confined to the particular room. Nobody can listen in from outside, so it offers you a lot of security.”

The team is seeking funding to help make the technology widespread within five years.

07Mar/17

Most primate species at risk of extinction, says report

Some of the world’s leading primatologists have warned that more than half of the world’s primate species are at risk of extinction, due to increasing anthropogenic pressures on their habitats. Jim Drury reports. Continue reading

23Jan/17

Understanding your pet’s emotions with wearable tech

The latest wearable technology for pets promises to help owners understand the emotions of their animals, as Jim Drury reports. Continue reading

13Dec/16

UK scientists search for life on Mars evidence

A unique mass spectrometry suite at an English university is at the centre of a bid by scientists to find evidence of life on Mars, as Jim Drury reports. Continue reading

26Aug/16

Crying is a baby’s Trump call – study

The sound of crying babies can adversely affect adults’ ability to perform basic tasks, but also triggers decisiveness in our response, according to a new study. After asking recently for a crying infant to be removed from a Republican Party rally, US Presidential nominee Donald Trump might agree. Jim Drury reports.
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13Apr/16
how your newborn baby sees you

What a newborn baby sees

Parents will soon be able to see how their newborn infant views them, thanks to visual reconstruction research conducted by Swedish and Norwegian researchers. Jim Drury reports. Continue reading

25Feb/16

World’s first thermal imaging phone camera

What’s been billed as the world’s first thermal imaging phone has gone on display at the Mobile World Congress. Jim Drury reports.
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