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Friday, March 11th, 2016

New Ultra-thin Lens to Revolutionize Cameras

Scientists have created the world’s thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair, opening the door to flexible computer displays and a revolution in miniature cameras. Lead researcher Dr Yuerui (Larry) Lu from The Australian National University (ANU) said the discovery hinged on the remarkable potential of the molybdenum disulphide crystal. “This type

Monday, February 29th, 2016

How far have we progressed against the Digital Earth vision?

If you’re like many geospatial professionals, the Jan. 1998 speech by then-Vice President Al Gore at the California Science Center sparked a broader awareness of what all aligned geospatial technologies could one day become. The title, “The Digital Earth: Understanding our planet in the 21st Century,” set the tone for a talk with its roots

Monday, September 1st, 2014

FAA Dithering Forces Drone Innovators Abroad

Google’s announcement this week that they’ve been testing delivery drones caught the tech world by surprise.  What wasn’t surprising to experts familiar with the industry is that Google conducted all of their aerial tests outside the United States.  That’s because the FAA has utterly failed to create procedures for companies like Google to test their

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

52°North Student Innovation Prize Competition 2012

Innovation is a driving force for the development of our economy. It is based on new, creative ideas, on applicable and implementable concepts and on generating new technologies and applications. However, a novel idea becomes an innovation only if it meets societal demands and unfolds its use in practice. It must address a certain market

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

UK and Chinese Geospatial Experts Launch New Joint Centre

After several months of preparation, a new Sino-UK Geospatial Engineering Centre has been launched formally in Beijing. It will be run jointly by NASG, China’s National Administration for Survey, Mapping and Geoinformation — through its academic arm the Chinese Academy of Survey and Mapping (CASM) — and The University of Nottingham. The Centre will develop geospatial