Tiny solar panels embedded in clothes could charge a mobile phone

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have developed small solar panels which can be embedded in clothes and used to charge a mobile phone. The tiny panels are small enough to be placed into yarn and then knitted or woven into textiles. The team behind the technology said that in testing it was capable of charging…

Scientists design ingestible electronic pill that can be controlled wirelessly

An electronic capsule that can be ingested and controlled wirelessly to deliver drugs has been designed by scientists, in an effort to reduce surgical procedures. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology believe that the device could be used to provide drugs to users for a variety of diseases that require medication over longer periods…

MRI scanners named among top health innovations ever by UK universities

MRI scanners, prosthetic breasts for cancer patients and improvements to hip replacements have been cited among the best health innovations by UK universities. Health featured heavily on the University UK’s (UUK) list of major breakthroughs that have had a transformative impact on people’s lives. MRI scans were developed at the University of Nottingham in the…

Star Wars’ Mark Hamill teams up with bionic limb company for viral message

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has teamed up with British bionics company Open Bionics to send a positive message to children and adults with limb differences around the world. The actor, whose Star Wars character Luke Skywalker lost a hand in an epic light-sabre battle with nemesis Darth Vader, shared the message on social media…

Health secretary heads to Paris GovTech Summit in search of technology for NHS

  Health Secretary Matt Hancock is heading to Paris to meet world leaders to discuss ways to fast-track new healthcare technologies for the NHS. He is due to attend the GovTech summit alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and other EU ministers on Monday. The summit will look at how emerging…

Sci-fi London Film Festival launches with UK premiere of Caught #SFL17

The SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 launches its astronomical 17th annual programme from the 27th April until the 6th May 2017 with ten days of film, live music, immersive experiences and more. It will showcase a lineup with six world film premieres and 13 UK film premieres as well as dedicated Augmented and Virtual Reality events.  Kicking…

New graphene light bulbs go on sale later this year, cut energy use by 10%

A light bulb made with graphene - a substance developed by Russian scientists in 2004 - is to go on sale later this year. The dimmable bulb contains a filament-shaped LED coated in graphene. Designed at Manchester University, where the material was first discovered by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov over a decade ago, the…

#eclipse2015 live from Newquay – the first social media eclipse

Twitter is awash with solar eclipse tweets this morning as well as brands jumping in with eclipse related hashtags to try to make money out of the natural phenomenon (#oreoeclipse is that really a thing?) in what is the first proper eclipse of the social media age. But the fact is that for a lot…

Eutelsat’s satellite broadband helps to bridge the communications gap

In association with Eutelsat What is Eutelsatbroadband ? If you thought satellite technology was just about watching Premiership football or the latest Hollywood Blockbusters you'd be wrong. Increasingly satellites are being used for voice and data communications especially in remote locations or for applications that require greater levels of control. One example is the automotive…