Tag Archives: Light

Working Electronic Circuits 3D-Printed With UV Light

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The cost of 3D printing has come down dramatically to the point you can set up a small printer in your home. Those printers only spit out little plastic baubles, though. The cutting edge of 3D printing involves making fully functional circuits, and researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have devised a way to print working electronic circuits with UV light. This version of additive manufacturing is more like an inkjet printer ...

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New Solar Panel Design Could Charge Your Phone With Ambient Light

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Battery technology is still advancing at a sluggish rate in spite of intense research. The amount of energy you can carry around continues to limit what our mobile devices can do, and current methods of charging can only take us so far. A French solar power startup with the counterintuitive name of Dracula Technologies says it has developed a new type of solar panel that could be integrated into almost any device thanks to its ...

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Ethics case against Trump awaits green light from judge

Secret Service paid Mar-a-Lago thousands Ethics experts have sued the president. Now a judge has to decide whether their case can go forward. At issue: Payments from foreign entities to his hotels, clubs and restaurants, which some watchdogs say violate an anti-corruption measure in the Constitution. The constitutional provision in question — the Emoluments Clause — bars the president from accepting gifts from foreign governments without permission from Congress. CREW claims that because Trump refused to sell his business holdings before the inauguration, he’s in violation of the statute. Related: ...

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Google’s Project Loon Gets Green Light to Deploy Over Puerto Rico

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A little over four years ago, Google started talking about what it called Project Loon–an ambitious plan to deploy balloons roughly 11 miles up to create an aerial wireless network. The balloons are positioned in wind layers based on NOAA data and float above target areas. Signals travel via LTE from one balloon to another until they reach a base station; connection to the balloons themselves is handled via specific antennas Google installs. The name ...

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Amazon-Whole Foods merger gets green light from U.S. government

Why Amazon is buying Whole Foods The U.S. government won’t try to stop Amazon’s $ 13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods, a deal that has massive implications for both e-commerce and how we shop for food. The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that it’s looked into whether the merger would hurt competition and has decided to drop its investigation. “We have decided not to pursue this matter further,” the FTC said in a statement. No other government agencies need to give their okay. Earlier Wednesday, Whole Foods(WFM) shareholders voted to ...

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This Crawling Robot Is Powered by Light

Machines already think faster than we can with our squishy brains. But moving around is still a tough one for robots. Some machines can roll, walk, and even run, though they need a lot of power and complex, easily damaged components to do it. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology and Kent State University have developed a material that could make locomotion a much simpler affair. All this new polymer needs is a beam of light, and it gets going. The new material is a polymer, a long chain of repeating molecules. In ...

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The London gallery shining a light on neon art

By Patrick Johnston| LONDON On the flick of a flurry of switches, a studio on a gray industrial estate in East London lights up to reveal hundreds of bright neon artworks. Owned by 43-year-old artist Marcus Bracey, the gallery in Walthamstow, called ‘God’s Own Junkyard’, houses the collection of four generations of his family who have made, bought and displayed neon works. The pieces are accompanied by kitsch memorabilia that Bracey has collected from film sets and car boot sales across Britain, leaving just enough room for a narrow winding ...

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GE wants to unload its iconic light bulb business

GE factory jobs move from Wisconsin to Canada Thomas Edison may not think this is a bright idea: General Electric is trying to rid itself of the light bulb business that has symbolized the company for 125 years. GE, a conglomerate cofounded by Edison, told employees on Thursday it has put the iconic lighting business up for sale. The storied company cited a desire to “focus on its core digital industrial assets” and streamline a portfolio that today is centered on things like jet engines and health care equipment. GE(GE) ...

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