20170927_EUban

New EU Proposal Aims to Halt the Trafficking of Antiquities That Fund Terrorism

New regulations proposed by the European Commission seek to clamp down on the illegal import of cultural goods used to finance terrorism. Recent years have seen an influx to the EU of illicit antiquities looted from archaeological and cultural sites in Iraq and Syria. The practice made headlines again earlier this month when the arts and crafts […]

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Osram takes 25% stake in LiDAR technology firm LeddarTech

Osram of Munich, Germany has made an investment (in the mid double-digit million euros range) to acquire a strategic 25.1% stake in LeddarTech Inc of Québec, Canada, which was founded in 2007 and has developed patented Leddar LiDAR sensing technology integrated into semiconductors and sensor modules for self-driving cars and driver assistance systems. LeddarTech specializes […]

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SD-WANs growing rapidly

Software-defined wide area networks have only been commercially available for a few years but, according to IDC, worldwide SD-WAN infrastructure and services revenues will see a CAGR of 69.6% and reach $8.05 billion in 2021. The most significant driver of SD-WAN growth over the next five years will be digital transformation (DX) in which enterprises […]

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Christie’s Must Name Bidder for a ‘Stolen’ $14.5 Million Turkish Idol, Judge Rules

Turkey still wants names even though the winning bidder walked away. In what can only be described as a highly unusual art law case, a Manhattan federal judge has ordered Christie’s auction house to identify the winning—yet ultimately unsuccessful—bidder of a 5,000-year-old artifact that Turkey is claiming as stolen cultural property. The bizarre part? The troubled […]

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New Glass-Based Phosphors for White Light-Emitting Diodes

Phosphors were always the key component of high quality white LED light. With the increased effîcacy and the higher power capabilities of blue high power LEDs, the phosphors become even more important for reliability, color consistency and overall light quality. Franziska Steudel, Florian Wagner, A. Charlotte Rimbach, Bernd Ahrens, Peter W. Nolte and Stefan Schweizer, […]

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Bluetooth’s range just widened, and IoT lighting companies are thrilled

The organization that oversees Bluetooth wireless communication protocols at long last issued a standard today that extends Bluetooth’s physical range, a move that could help open commercial and industrial market opportunities for Internet of Things (IoT) lighting. After at least two years of internal wrangling and difficult technology choices, the Kirkland, WA-based Bluetooth Special Interest […]

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General Motors Design Dome, USA

Originally opened in 1956, the General Motors Design Dome, designed by Eero Saarinen in collaboration with Richard Kelly, has long been classed as a ‘legendary corporate masterpiece of planning and design’. Based in Warren, Michigan, the large indoor viewing auditorium was first constructed to give the designers the opportunity to view their designs in an […]