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Self-Healing Swimmer Robots
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When are Small Magnetic Self-Healing Swimmer Robots for Environmental or Industrial Clean-ups on Their Way?

Living tissue can heal itself from many injuries, but giving similar abilities to artificial systems, such as robots, has been extremely challenging. Now, researchers reporting in ACS‘ Nano Letters have developed small, swimming robots that can magnetically heal themselves on-the-fly after breaking into two or three pieces. The strategy could someday be used to make hardier devices for an environmental or industrial clean-up, the researchers say. Scientists have developed small robots that can “swim” through fluids and carry out useful functions, such as cleaning up the environment, delivering drugs, and performing surgery. Although most experiments have been done in the… Read More »
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Innovolo Shortlisted for Triple Awards
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Innovolo Nominated for Triple Awards

ST AUSTELL, CORNWALL (30 March 2021) – Innovolo Ltd was honoured with nomination of the South West Business Awards for SME of The Year Award, Business of The Year Award, and New Start-Up of The Year Award.

The awards scheme, organised by Great British Expos, recognises the region’s most ambitious, inspirational, and exciting businesses, charities, and individuals.

It is a massive achievement for everyone who has been shortlisted and they have said it’s been incredibly difficult for judges to shortlist due to the high standard of entries!

The entries are considered by a prestigious panel of judges removing the ‘friends … Read More »

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Robots at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Use Eye Contact to Draw Out Reluctant Participants in Groups
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Robots at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Use Eye Contact to Draw Out Reluctant Participants in Groups

Robotic eyes to stimulate engagement Eye contact is a key to establishing a connection, and teachers use it often to encourage participation. But can a robot do this too? Can it draw a response simply by making “eye” contact, even with people who are less inclined to speak up? A recent study suggests that it can. Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology published results of experiments in which robots led a Swedish word game with individuals whose proficiency in the Nordic language was varied. They found that by redirecting its gaze to less proficient players, a robot can elicit… Read More »
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Mass rollout of ‘Sophia’ humanoid robots planned by Hanson Robotics in the first half of 2021 to tackle the pandemic

Now more than ever, the pandemic has created the need to incorporate new technologies that will help reduce the workload of health professionals. Likewise, the prevention of the risk of contagion, reducing physical contact between people.

The humanoid robot, Sophia, created by the Hong Kong-based robotics and engineering company Hanson Robotics, could help healthcare personnel fight the coronavirus, taking over the care of sick people.

Hanson Robotics said that four models of humanoid robots, including Sophia, will start rolling out of factories around the first half of this year to collaborate with healthcare professionals, preventing the spread … Read More »

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Wales Funds Medical Waste to Hydrogen Fuel Conversion Plant

A process being developed by researchers in the UK and India to convert medical waste – such as PPE used during the Covid-19 pandemic – into hydrogen fuel has received £47,000 from the Welsh Government.

The technique will use a photoreactor to simultaneously destroy pathogens as well as break down waste. The research is being led by Swansea University, which had previously developed a photoreactor that can convert waste plastic to hydrogen fuel. The same photoreactor will be used in the new project, although new photocatalysts will be developed. The collaboration also includes epidemiologists at India’s King Institute of Preventive … Read More »

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Are Humanoid Robots for Elderly Care Here to Stay?
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Are Humanoid Robots for Elderly Care Here to Stay?

Staying independent and in familiar surroundings as long as possible in old age – this is the wish of the most of us. It will be made possible by humanoid robots that help people cope with everyday life and wearable robots that support the movements of the wearer. Research by scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is aimed at making such futuristic robotic solutions suited for everyday life. Research is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation with EUR 4.5 million. Within the framework of the project “JuBot – Young at heart with robots: Versatile assistance robotics for managing everyday… Read More »
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Innovolo Win MedTech Awards 2020 GHP Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering
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Innovolo Win MedTech Awards 2020 GHP Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering

Innovolo Ltd won MedTech Awards 2020 GHP Award for Innovation in Chemical Engineering, sponsored by Global Health and Pharma Magazine, coming out on top over other competitors right across the country.

Innovolo Ltd was named winner of MedTech Awards in the Best Product Design & Development Consultancy – UK category, beating out competitors from across the country to take home top honours.

Potential award recipients were required to nominated by clients in order to be in contention for the Best Product Design & Development Consultancy – UK, and were judged based on The 2020 MedTech Awards are based solely on … Read More »

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How Publishers are using Innovation for New Revenue Streams
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How Publishers are using Innovation for New Revenue Streams

Publishers are increasingly innovating and coming up with new ideas for digital products and services which, in turn, bring in new revenues. In this dialogue, which took place during WAN-IFRA’s recent Digital Media Asia 2020, representatives from three leading media organisations talked about how they have managed to do this during the recent challenging times. The session was moderated by product consultant and former Le Parisien Chief Digital Officer, Ariane Bernard.

Weaving product thinking into The Washington Post’s newsroom

A successful newsroom product team needs diverse competencies which include knowledge of journalism, software engineering, advertising, and marketing. This is the … Read More »

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Eggs turning food waste into a biogas and natural fertiliser
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Eggs turning food waste into a biogas and natural fertiliser

A Cork engineer has come up with a solution on how businesses and households could use their food waste to generate free, clean cooking biogas and natural fertiliser, writes KATE RYAN

A FASCINATION with a type of bacteria that can live without the need for air is a niche area of interest, to say the least.

But for Kieran Coffey, a Clonakilty-based engineer, it has been the foundation of a lifetime’s body of work culminating in his invention, MyGug.

Every year in Ireland, a million tonnes of food is wasted. Some food waste is composted, usually, at the domestic level, … Read More »

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20,000 Petabytes Under the Sea - Exploring the Potential of Underwater Data Centres
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20,000 Petabytes Under the Sea: Exploring Underwater Data Centres

Did Jules Verne ever imagine such things as data centres, 20,000 leagues (or petabytes), beneath the sea? Quite possibly not, yet here we are …

Humans have become very good at polluting vast areas of the planet by dumping waste in the sea, so perhaps it’s about time that something we put in the sea has the potential improve pollution rather than just adding to it?

Mid-September saw the completion of Microsoft’s first-ever experiment with underwater data centres off the Orkney Isles, and the reports have made for intriguing reading. The formal results have yet to be released, but initial … Read More »

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Plasma Technology used to Produce Environmentally-Friendly Fertiliser
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Plasma Technology used to Produce Environmentally-Friendly Fertiliser

Belgian scientists have found a CO2-free way to produce ammonia with plasma technology. This will enable farmers to produce environmentally friendly fertilizer themselves.

At one point back in the eighties of the last century, ammonia was the main villain in the environment. It was partly to blame for acid rain. Nowadays, scientists see it as a green energy source because you can make it easily and cheaply. Belgian scientists have developed a new method for the CO2-free production of ammonia.

Ammonia is a very important chemical building block. But it is also one of the main contributors to CO2 emissions. … Read More »

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New Gas Shield Welding Solution Developed for the Aerospace Sector
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New Gas Shield Welding Solution Developed for the Aerospace Sector

The aerospace sector can now call upon a new welding solution that reduces reworks considerably thanks to a Sheffield-based tooling specialist.

Engineers at MetLase took just two months from the major aerospace engine manufacturer’s initial enquiry to design and manufacture a customised Gas Shield for controlling argon delivery within shielded welding, preventing the age-old problem of oxygen or water vapour affecting the quality of the weld.

Using precision laser cutting technology and patented joining methodology, the Rotherham-based company identified an engineering grade metallic foam that dissipates the argon gas in a precision manner, providing an almost perfect inert atmosphere for … Read More »

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Cornwall Joins the UK Green Hydrogen Race
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Cornwall Joins the UK Green Hydrogen Race

The UK government is starting to draw up a plan to create a ‘world-leading’ hydrogen market that can help meet its goal to zero out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

As a consequence, the renewables sector is urging the government to support the rapid development of commercial green hydrogen. AeroSpace Cornwall is playing its part by awarding grant funding to companies building the future of energy. One such company, PV3 Technologies, a Cornish company on a mission to advance low carbon technologies across the world, has received vital funding from AeroSpace Cornwall to help support new research and development projects … Read More »

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Scientists at University of Birmingham Develop New Brain injury Detection Method
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Scientists at University of Birmingham Develop New Brain injury Detection Method

Using chemical biomarkers released by the brain immediately after a head injury occurs, researchers are able to pinpoint when patients need urgent medical attention. This saves time in delivering vital treatment and avoids patients undergoing unnecessary tests where no injury has occurred.

The technique was developed by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in the group of Advanced Nanomaterials, Structures, and Applications (ANMSA) led by Dr Goldberg Oppenheimer at the University of Birmingham.

Following a proof-of-concept study, the group has now completed Innovate UK’s commercialisation programme, iCURE, to identify commercialisation routes for the technique, identifying potential partners across eight countries.

The … Read More »

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Maiden Voyage for new electric ferry e-Voyager
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Maiden Voyage for ‘UK’s first’ Sea-Going Electric Ferry, the e-Voyager

The UK’s first sea-going electric ferry has set sail for the first time in Plymouth.

The e-Voyager vessel uses repurposed Nissan Leaf batteries, and an advanced electric motor, which replaces the traditional diesel engine.

The green ferry will undergo rigorous running trials, before carrying passengers on ferry routes from April 2021.

The project was designed and developed by the cruising, ferry, and fishing company Plymouth Boat Trips (PBT), the boatbuilder Voyager Marine in partnership with the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, the manufacturer Teignbridge Propellers and the engineering technology company EV Parts.

Scientists from the University of Plymouth … Read More »

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