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Computer Science - Innovation - 08.11.2023
Machine learning gives users ’superhuman’ ability to open and control tools in virtual reality
HotGestures give users 'superhuman' ability to open and control tools in virtual reality Researchers have developed a virtual reality application where a range of 3D modelling tools can be opened and controlled using just the movement of a user's hand. We need new ways of interacting with technology, and we think this is a step in that direction Per Ola Kristensson The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used machine learning to develop 'HotGestures' - analogous to the hot keys used in many desktop applications.

Innovation - Social Sciences - 07.11.2023
Student-made water quality monitor can help isolated communities track safe water sources
Student-made water quality monitor can help isolated communities track safe water sources
Team Bath Biodevices without Borders' portable OASIS device combines miniature testing equipment with GPS to create safe water map. Published on Tuesday 7 November 2023 Last updated on Thursday 9 November 2023 A portable water quality monitor created by a team of University of Bath students could help to rapidly detect and map safe water sources for communities around the world.

Environment - Innovation - 30.10.2023
Offset markets: new approach could help save tropical forests by restoring faith in carbon credits
Offset markets: new approach could help save tropical forests by restoring faith in carbon credits
A new way to price carbon credits could encourage desperately needed investment in forest preservation and boost vital progress towards net-zero. Our new approach has the potential to address market concerns around nature-based solutions to carbon offsetting. Srinivasan Keshav A new approach to valuing the carbon storage potential of natural habitats aims to help restore faith in offset schemes, by enabling investors to directly compare carbon credit pricing across a wide range of projects.

Materials Science - Innovation - 30.10.2023
Using lasers to 'heat and beat' 3D-printed steel could help reduce costs
Using lasers to ’heat and beat’ 3D-printed steel could help reduce costs
Researchers have developed a new method for 3D printing metal that could help reduce costs and make more efficient use of resources. This method could help reduce the costs of metal 3D printing, which could in turn improve the sustainability of the metal manufacturing industry Matteo Seita The method, developed by a research team led by the University of Cambridge, allows structural modifications to be 'programmed' into metal alloys during 3D printing, fine-tuning their properties without the 'heating and beating' process that's been in use for thousands of years.

Innovation - Transport - 23.10.2023
Researchers design and fly world’s largest quadcopter drone
Engineers at The University of Manchester have built and flown the world's largest quadcopter drone. The drone, made from a cardboard-like material called foamboard, measures 6.4m (21 ft) corner to corner and weighs 24.5kg - 0.5kg less than the weight limit set by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Innovation - Environment - 18.10.2023
New Research Explores Role of Innovation Intermediaries in Shaping the Future of AI-Enabled Engineering Biology
New Research Explores Role of Innovation Intermediaries in Shaping the Future of AI-Enabled Engineering Biology
Researchers from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) at AMBS have just published an article titled "Innovation Intermediaries at the Convergence of Digital Technologies, Sustainability, and Governance: A Case Study of AI-Enabled Engineering Biology." This paper, featured in Technovation, offers valuable insights into the crucial role played by innovation intermediaries in shaping innovative ecosystems.

Health - Innovation - 09.10.2023
Smartphones could be used to monitor liver disease patients at home
Smartphones could be used to monitor liver disease patients at home
A smartphone camera was able to detect changes in skin tone and eye colour that require patients to seek medical help, in new research from UCL and the Royal Free Hospital. The study, published in PLOS Digital Health , is the first to assess and compare how smartphone images of the forehead, white of the eye and lower eyelid could be used to accurately predict the bilirubin level of patients with advanced cirrhosis.

Chemistry - Innovation - 03.10.2023
Researchers shed new light on catalyst behaviour
Advancing Catalyst Research: Unveiling Mechanisms through Operando Spectroscopy Catalysts play a pivotal role in facilitating chemical reactions that underlie essential industrial processes, from refining fuels to manufacturing pharmaceuticals.

Health - Innovation - 03.10.2023
Artificial intelligence helps to simplify lung cancer risk prediction
Artificial intelligence helps to simplify lung cancer risk prediction
Machine learning models to identify the simplest way to screen for lung cancer have been developed by researchers from UCL and the University of Cambridge, bringing personalised screening one step closer. The model was found to be as good or better at predicting an individual's risk of getting lung cancer within five years compared to the best risk models available, and was able to do so using just a quarter of the information needed.

Chemistry - Innovation - 22.09.2023
Scientists make methanol at room temperature
Scientists make methanol at room temperature
A more sustainable method of creating methanol - a key component of fuels, plastics, and medicines - has been developed by Cardiff scientists and an international team of collaborators. The process, which uses a highly active catalyst, converts oxygen and the natural gas methane into methanol at room temperature without the need for external energy sources such as light or electricity.

Chemistry - Innovation - 21.09.2023
New method for purifying drinking water could be used in disaster zones
New method for purifying drinking water could be used in disaster zones
Scientists at Bath have developed a new desalination method that pumps water through a membrane without using any external pressure. Published on Thursday 21 September 2023 Last updated on Thursday 21 September 2023 Scientists have developed a new method that converts seawater into drinking water that could be useful in disaster zones where there is limited electrical power.

Environment - Innovation - 07.09.2023
Hybrid solar energy systems could reduce global emissions
Hybrid solar energy systems could reduce global emissions
Imperial engineers and a team of global experts have reviewed technological options, innovation and opportunities in the hybrid solar energy industry. They anticipate that hybrid PV-thermal technologies could produce a further drop in global emissions of about three per cent (around 600 Mega-tonnes of CO2) by 2030 if the systems mentioned in this study are installed as proposed.

Innovation - 28.08.2023
Innovation paves way for driverless cars, drone fleets and significantly faster broadband
Innovation paves way for driverless cars, drone fleets and significantly faster broadband
Unparalleled speed, capacity and reliability of new fibre broadband technology, invented by UCL researchers, could provide connectivity needed for applications of the future such as driverless cars and drone fleets. The study, published in Nature Electronics , describes how the new telecommunications technology, called frequency referenced multiplexing, could provide more than 20 times the capacity of the best full fibre broadband networks available and 65 times the speed of typical current UK home broadband, along with a near-guaranteed connection and low latency 1 .

Innovation - Environment - 15.08.2023
A new bio-inspired solar leaf design with increased harvesting efficiency
A new bio-inspired solar leaf design with increased harvesting efficiency
New research suggests a new solar energy design, inspired by nature, may pave the way for future renewable energy technologies. Photovoltaic solar energy is obtained by converting sunshine into electricity - and researchers from Imperial have developed a new leaf-like design with increased efficiency.

Computer Science - Innovation - 09.08.2023
How sure is sure? Incorporating human error into machine learning
Researchers are developing a way to incorporate one of the most human of characteristics - uncertainty - into machine learning systems. Uncertainty is central in how humans reason about the world but many AI models fail to take this into account Katherine Collins Human error and uncertainty are concepts that many artificial intelligence systems fail to grasp, particularly in systems where a human provides feedback to a machine learning model.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 03.08.2023
Robots cause company profits to fall - at least at first
Researchers have found that robots can have a -U-shaped- effect on profits: causing profit margins to fall at first, before eventually rising again. It's important that companies develop new processes at the same time as they are incorporating robots, otherwise they will reach this same pinch point Chander Velu The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, studied industry data from the UK and 24 other European countries between 1995 and 2017, and found that at low levels of adoption, robots have a negative effect on profit margins.

Computer Science - Innovation - 02.08.2023
Humans unable to detect over a quarter of deepfake speech samples
New research from UCL has found that humans were only able to detect artificially generated speech 73% of the time, with the same accuracy in both English and Mandarin. The study, published today in PLOS ONE , is the first to assess human ability to detect artificially generated speech in a language other than English.

Innovation - 25.07.2023
Lights could be the future of the internet and data transmission
Fast data transmission could be delivered in homes and offices through light emitting diode (LED) bulbs, complementing existing communication technologies and networks. New internet technologies are being rapidly refined, and LED-based communication links are expected to be used in services and scenarios including Light-fidelity (Li-Fi), underwater communications, moderateto high-speed photonic connections and various -Internet of Things- (IoT) devices.

Innovation - Law - 21.07.2023
New report on Attitudes Towards LegalTech Adoption in the UK
New report on Attitudes Towards LegalTech Adoption in the UK
MIOIR researchers led a study funded by the Manchester Law and Technology Initiative into "Attitudes Towards LegalTech Adoption in the UK" with UCL and The Law Society. MIOIR researchers led a study funded by the Manchester Law and Technology Initiative into "Attitudes Towards LegalTech Adoption in the UK" with UCL and The Law Society.

Chemistry - Innovation - 14.07.2023
Oxford chemists achieve breakthrough achievement: hazard-free production of fluorochemicals
Several glass structures of molecules are suspended in the air: the molecules have a central atom, with four connected ones radiating outwards. Image credit: Shutterstock. For the first time, Oxford chemists have generated fluorochemicals - critical for many industries - without the use of hazardous hydrogen fluoride gas.