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New technology could herald 3D cinema without glasses

Researchers in South Korea have developed a new technology that could enable people to watch 3D films at the cinema without the need for glasses. The technology uses a barrier with slats so that when a viewer looks at the screen each eye sees the image differently and the brain is tricked into creating an illusion of depth. The research was carried out at Seoul National University and appears in the journal Optics Express.

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Patterning defect-free nanocrystal films could enable better LED displays, solar cells and biosensors

Films made of semiconductor Nan crystals, that is tiny crystals measuring just a few billionths of a meter across, are seen as a promising new material for a wide range of applications. Nanocrystals could be used in electronic or photonic circuits, detectors for biomolecules, or the glowing pixels on high-resolution display screens. They also hold promise for more efficient solar cells.

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Stay calm, plan to survive, and carry on!

Over the last five years the electronic components market in the UK has enjoyed a positive underlying sales revenue trend, but this year expectations are of a 4% decline in sales revenues. Adam Fletcher discusses how organisations should plan, prepare and implement change in order to best manage this decline.

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Cartes 2012: Security and simplicity key for mobile payments

Security needs to be prioritised if the mobile electronic payments market is to take off. And paying by mobile phone needs to be as easy if not easier that paying by card if the public is going to embrace the technology. These were the messages from industry leaders preparing for this year’s Cartes electronic payments conference and exhibition in Paris from 6th to 8th November 2012.

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Beware of over testing

Erring on the side of caution many manufacturers tend to over test their products. According to Jean-Louis Evans, however, there are many advantages for those companies that re-consider their approach to testing – are the tests strictly necessary or are they being duplicated elsewhere? While testing both end products and their components is critical, this can often be duplicated unnecessarily to ‘cover all bases’. This reflects a poor understanding of the intended environment and of the specifications used to determine if testing should be done. Consequently, most designers and manufacturers err on the side of caution and often over test their products.

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Looking to re-shore production?

A growing number of companies in the UK are considering on-shoring or re-shoring, according to figures from the Bank of England. Higher oil prices are pushing up transport costs, rising prices in the Far East are making products made there more expensive and more companies are concerned at the problems associated with managing an extended supply chain, which means more are looking to source locally rather than wait weeks for components to arrive from the other side of the world.

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Morgan Technical Ceramics unveils revolutionary tube design

Suitable for a variety of defence uses including anti-submarine warfare, torpedo decoy and countermeasure, the striped tubing can achieve typical frequencies of 12-15 kHz for a two inch tube and guarantees higher, stronger acoustic signals underwater.

In contrast to a standard tube, which has three main resonance modes (length, wall and circumferential), Morgan Technical Ceramics’ innovative striped tubes have...

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Plessey begins multi-million pound investment in high brightness LED production line

Plessey Semiconductors has taken delivery of a CRIUS II-XL reactor in a 7x6-inch wafer configuration from AIXTRON, as the first part of a multi-million pound investment to create a production line for its new High Brightness LED (HBLED) products. These will use Plessey's MaGIC (MAnufactured on Gan ICs) technology of GaN on 6-inch silicon substrates. Manufacturing will be at the company's Plymouth facility creating new high tech manufacturing jobs for the UK.

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