Dyson U-turn for electric cars

Dyson pulls the plug on electric cars.  The billionaire businessman had hoped to harness his group’s  expertise in battery systems, aerodynamics and high-tech manufacturing  to break into a fiercely competitive industry. Weekly meetings of the auto team run by former BMW and Nissan executive Roland Krueger, who joined Dyson in January 2019, reviewed the outlook…

97-year-old professor Goodenough wins Noble Prize

John Goodenough of the University of Texas in Austin, who is still active in research to lead the development of rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries that power everything mobile phones to laptops and even electric vehicles, at the age of 97. John Goodenough was the oldest laureate in any discipline in the 118-year history of Nobel Prizes,…

US is looking at ways to divert funds to Huawei’s European rivals

The US is looking at ways to channel money to Huawei’s European rivals, as officials warn that the Chinese company is becoming dangerously dominant in the race for the next generation of mobile communications. The US official have suggested issuing credit to companies such as Nokia and Ericsson to enable them to match financing terms…

Huawei bought a stake in Oxford sciences Innovation

Huawei has bought a stake in the company that commercialises research at Oxford University , giving the Chinese telecoms group access to soe of the early stage technology developed by British academics. Oxford Sciences Innovation, whose mission is to bring Oxford’s best ideas to the world, is the largest fund dedicated to academic spin-offs in…

Underwater observatory vanishes without a trace

A large underwater observatory that was  stationed at a depth of 22 meters in the Baltic Sea has vanished without a trace. The $330,000 observatory managed by Ocean Research agencies  had been on seafloor in a restricted area off the northern coast of Germany since December 2016. Divers were sent to locate the observatory found…

UK is falling behing in battery manfucturing

Lithium Ion batteries were developed in 1980 at Oxford University but were first commercialised by Japan’s Sony in 1991 for use in its camcorders. Anil Srivastave CEO of Swiss Battery make Leclanche, said “UK needs to focus on how to commercialise innovations made in its universities and then scale them up quickly as their a…

Shanghai Starboard to rival Nasdaq on Wall Street

China’s launch of  a new technology focused stock exchange  to rival Nasdaq on Wall Street has underlined the significance of state funding to the country’s fastest growing tech sector. Of the first 25 companies listed on Shanghai’s Starboard, 14 report state-owned investors  among their top three shareholders . The first 25 listing, which raised $5.3bn,…

Space X launches 18th ISS resupply mission and recovers booster

Elon Musk led aerospace startup SpaceX has successfully launched its 18th mission for NASA to deliver equipment, research and supply material to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission was launched using twice-flown dragon capsule and marked SpaceX’s 44th successful recovery of a Falcon 9 rocket booster. SpaceX had used the booster two months ago…

ARM suspends business with Huawei

Cambridge headquartered ARM UK-based chip designer has told staff it must suspend business with Huawei according to an internal memo. ARM instructed  employees to halt ” all active contracts, support entitlements and any pending engagements with Huawei and its subsidiaries to comply with a recent US trade clampdown, as its design contained US origin technology.…