Laser Spark Plug

  • Car engines could soon be fired by lasers instead of spark plugs, researchers say.
  • The approach would increase efficiency of engines, and reduce their pollution, by igniting more of the mixture.
  • The team has been developing a new approach to the problem: lasers made of ceramic powders that are pressed into spark-plug sized cylinders.

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LED Lightbulb

  • Historically, LEDs have faced three challenges. They cast a bluish hue rather than the pleasing yellowish light of incandescent bulbs, they ran hot, and they were too expensive.
  • The new bulbs emit a more attractive light (around 2,700 Kelvin) and have space-age cooling fins reminiscent of those used to cool computer CPUs. The result is that the heat associated with LEDs, which can shorten their lifespan, is dissipated evenly, allowing them to be used in any standard fixture.

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The WIPO Magazine 1/2011 (February) issue

The WIPO Magazine 1/2011 (February) issue
is now available on the WIPO website.

This WIPO Magazine focuses on:

  • 6th Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting & Piracy
  • Interview with Lawrence Lessig
  • Penguin turns 75
  • Online Music Licensing – A Way Out of the Maze
  • Parmesan – The King of Cheeses

Also in this issue:

  • Vaccine delivery breakthrough
  • Outreach in West Africa
  • FESMAN III – A Global Celebration of African Culture
  • Access to Knowledge in Africa: the role of copyright?