ZDNet: Google partners with the US government to supply chips and spur innovation

ZDNet: Google partners with the US government to supply chips and spur innovation. “Chips used to develop new nanotechnology and semiconductor devices oftentimes have a large price tag, posing a big obstacle for innovation. To solve this issue, the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Google to develop and produce these chips.”

The chips are down: Putin scrambles for high-tech parts as his arsenal goes up in smoke (Politico)

Politico: The chips are down: Putin scrambles for high-tech parts as his arsenal goes up in smoke. “Kyiv is acutely aware that the outcome of the war is likely to hinge on whether Russia finds a way to regain access to high-tech chips, and is out to ensure it doesn’t get them. In order to flag the danger, Ukraine is sending out international warnings that the Kremlin has drawn up shopping lists of semiconductors, transformers, connectors, casings, transistors, insulators and other components, most made by companies in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., Taiwan and Japan, among others, which it needs to fuel its war effort.”

Print, Recycle, Repeat: Scientists Demonstrate a Biodegradable Printed Circuit (Newswise)

Newswise: Print, Recycle, Repeat: Scientists Demonstrate a Biodegradable Printed Circuit. “According to the United Nations, less than a quarter of all U.S. electronic waste gets recycled. In 2021 alone, global e-waste surged at 57.5 million tons, and only 17.4% of that was recycled…. But now, a team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have developed a potential solution: a fully recyclable and biodegradable printed circuit.”

The Verge: Today I learned Amazon will recycle small electronics for free

The Verge: Today I learned Amazon will recycle small electronics for free. “If you have a flip phone that you haven’t used in over a decade, or maybe even a broken tablet, Amazon will pay for a shipping label that you can use to send it in to get recycled. Apparently, this recycling program has been a thing for a while now, but several of us at The Verge never even knew about it until we saw this tweet from journalist Dave Zatz, and thought it might be a good idea to spread the word.”

Washington Post: U.S. probing how American electronics wound up in Russian military gear

Washington Post: U.S. probing how American electronics wound up in Russian military gear. “Federal agents have begun questioning U.S. technology companies on how their computer chips ended up in Russian military equipment recovered in Ukraine. Commerce Department agents who enforce export controls are conducting the inquiries together with the FBI, paying joint visits to companies to ask about Western chips and components found in Russian radar systems, drones, tanks, ground-control equipment and littoral ships, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive investigations.”

MIT News: Is it topological? A new materials database has the answer

MIT News: Is it topological? A new materials database has the answer. “In 2007, researchers predicted the first electronic topological insulators — materials in which electrons that behave in ways that are ‘topologically protected,’ or persistent in the face of certain disruptions. Since then, scientists have searched for more topological materials with the aim of building better, more robust electronic devices. Until recently, only a handful of such materials were identified, and were therefore assumed to be a rarity. Now researchers at MIT and elsewhere have discovered that, in fact, topological materials are everywhere, if you know how to look for them.”

TronicBoards: Making STEM accessible for people with intellectual disabilities (Monash University)

Monash University: TronicBoards: Making STEM accessible for people with intellectual disabilities. “TronicBoards, created by researchers from the Faculty of Information Technology (IT), are a range of customised colour-coded printed circuit boards with large controls and recognisable symbols adapted to facilitate easy circuit making for diverse intellectual abilities.”

Gizmodo: Foxconn Halts Apple iPhone Production in China’s Tech Hub as Covid-19 Cases Soar

Gizmodo: Foxconn Halts Apple iPhone Production in China’s Tech Hub as Covid-19 Cases Soar. “Foxconn, a major supplier for Apple and critical partner for the manufacturing of the iPhone, has halted production in the Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen, according to a spokesperson from the tech giant. The halt in operations is a direct result of soaring covid-19 cases in China, a country that has managed to keep cases relatively low for the past two years.”

Raspberry Pi Foundation: Introducing raspberrypi.com

Raspberry Pi Foundation: Introducing raspberrypi.com. “As well as being able to learn about and purchase the full range of hardware products, on the new website you can download our latest software, find detailed technical documentation, connect with the community on the forums, and read the latest news about Raspberry Pi technologies and how they’re being used to change the world.”

Neowin: Samsung launches electronics history animated shorts series

Neowin: Samsung launches electronics history animated shorts series. “Samsung, a leading smartphone manufacturer, has released the first episode of a five-part shorts series called ‘The History of the Electronics Industry that Changed the World’. The first episode, ‘Samuel Morse and the Network’ looks at the creation of the electrical telegraph and how we got from there to modern smartphones.”

BusinessWire: Optomec Launches Library for Customer Publications on Printed Metal and Electronics (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Optomec Launches Library for Customer Publications on Printed Metal and Electronics (PRESS RELEASE). “Optomec Inc., a manufacturer of industrial 3D Additive Manufacturing machines, announced today that it has created an online search tool for researchers seeking published work in the areas of Printed Electronics and 3D Printed Metals. The new tool, called Additive Research Hub, catalogs scores of research papers written and published by Optomec machine users worldwide and allows researchers to find relevant papers through a keyword search tool. Optomec users have published more than 3500 academic papers, half of which were published in just the last 4 years.”

EurekAlert: New electronic paper displays brilliant colours

EurekAlert: New electronic paper displays brilliant colours. “Imagine sitting out in the sun, reading a digital screen as thin as paper, but seeing the same image quality as if you were indoors. Thanks to research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, it could soon be a reality. A new type of reflective screen – sometimes described as ‘electronic paper’ – offers optimal colour display, while using ambient light to keep energy consumption to a minimum.”

ePHOTOzine: The History Of Consumer Electronics Has Been Put Together In A Collection Of Online Photos

On the other hand, I’m not sure this archive is as new as it’s being presented. But it’s still interesting! ePHOTOzine: The History Of Consumer Electronics Has Been Put Together In A Collection Of Online Photos. “2021 heralds the fiftieth anniversary of home video recording and the introduction of the consumer video cassette recorder – and this is just one of the industry breakthroughs documented by this unique site. No subscriptions or fees are required to use the site, which is a completely free, non-profit treasure trove of pictures and articles covering the history of home gadgetry before the days of Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify and Netflix. Tekkiepix also includes a comprehensive timeline of consumer technology landmarks starting from 1877.”