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China cuts mines vital to tech industry

Categories: General

Hong Kong (CNN) — China will cut production of rare earths — minerals vital for technology makers worldwide — by 20%, a move that threatens to inflame trade tensions between Beijing and Washington. Rare earths are 17 minerals with magnetic and conductive properties that are used in most of today’s electronic devices, including flat-screen televisions,

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Attendance of TSB NMP Brokerage Event 25th July

Categories: Events

On the 25th July, representing CNT Ltd, I attended the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) NMP brokerage event, held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Coventry, along with Dr Bojan Boskovic. The event offered great opportunities to meet with SME’s, leading Universities and plenty of the most helpful KTN and TSB people, as well as a

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Graphene transistors in high-performance demonstration

Categories: Graphene

The hope for the “miracle material” graphene to fulfil its promise in electronics has received a boost – by changing the recipe when cooking it. Graphene, one-atom-thick sheets of carbon, can carry electric charges far faster than currently used materials. But it has proven difficult to make it behave as a semiconductor like silicon, or

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Applications for European Commission (EC) FP7 funding

Categories: EC FP7 NMP 2013 Call

The final draft of the 2013 EC FP7 NMP call was released July 10th and FE are here to help clients navigate through the complex process of proposal writing, consortium building and dissemination and exploitation management.  Find more on our services page Contact us today to see how we can help

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Q.Cells’ Q.Antum technology breaks 300Wp barrier for 60-cell modules

Categories: Energy Harvesting

Independent testing agency Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) Institut Fresenius in Dresden, Germany, has reportedly confirmed that Q.Cells has broken the 300Wp barrier for 60-cell modules with a recorded performance of 301Wp. The module is based on the Q.Antum technology, which Q.Cells notes is under constant development. The base material for the Q.Antum is made

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Soap bubble screen is ‘the world’s thinnest display’

Categories: Film Displays

Viewers may soon be able to watch films on soap bubbles – after researchers developed a technology to project images on a screen made of soap film. An international team produced a display that uses ultrasonic sound waves to alter film’s properties and create either a flat or a 3D image. The bubble mixture is

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Paint On Batteries Demonstrated

Categories: Energy Storage

Researchers have shown off a means to spray-paint batteries onto any surface. Their batteries, outlined in Scientific Reports, are made up of five separate layers, each with its own recipe – together measuring just 0.5mm thick. To demonstrate the technique, the team painted batteries onto steel, glass, ceramic tile and even a beer stein. The

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Graphene holes ‘heal themselves’

Categories: Graphene

Graphene – the “wonder material” made of sheets of carbon just one atom thick – undergoes a self-reparing process to correct holes, researchers report. Graphene’s outstanding mechanical strength and electronic properties make it a promising material for a wide range of future applications. But its almost ethereal thinness makes it easily damaged when working with

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