Launch of ideas2IP

  • ideas2IP is an online innovation platform designed to bring inventors and investors together to commercialise good ideas.
  • Targeted at giving creative Singaporeans an avenue to further their ideas, the platform provides a conducive environment to encourage disclosure of new ideas and presents the opportunity for the ideas to be brought alive by investors with the means and experience.
  • Aimed at bridging the gap between IP creation and exploitation, ideas2IP will allow individual inventors to come forth to share their ideas with potential investors in a safe environment. Investors with the means and experience can help to fund and guide the further development of the ideas into a form that has commercial potential.  With this platform, we hope to encourage IP owners, intermediaries and private sector companies to help turn ideas into commercial reality.

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Innovation is answer to poverty: inventor

  • Taiwanese inventor Gordon Teng on Saturday received the highest honor at the 22nd International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition held in Malaysia over the weekend.
  • Teng said that he hoped poor children would follow in his footsteps and use inventions to create a better life for themselves.
  • Teng, who is now the head of Taichung-based Asia University’s Creative Design and Invention Center, recalled how he often went hungry growing up in a single-parent family.
  • However, his life changed at the age of 17 with his first invention — an infrared sensor for flushing toilets that made him NT$1.5 million (US$52,050). He has since invented another 300 devices.

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New method ‘confirms dark energy’

  • First results from a major astronomical survey using a cutting-edge technique appear to have confirmed the existence of mysterious dark energy.
  • Dark energy makes up some 74% of the Universe and its existence would explain why the Universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating rate.
  • The concept of dark energy was first invoked in the late 1990s by studying the brightness of distant supernovas – exploding stars.
  • “The action of dark energy is as if you threw a ball up in the air, and it kept speeding upward into the sky faster and faster,”
  • While dark energy makes up about 74% of the Universe, dark matter – which does not reflect or emit detectable light – accounts for 22%. Ordinary matter – gas, stars, planets and galaxies – makes up just 4% of the cosmos.

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Intel’s 3-D Transistors

  • Intel announced on Wednesday that it had made the production of 3-D transistors a commercially viable reality and further claimed that in so doing, the company would continue to meet or beat the promise of Moore’s Law for years to come.
  • As they’re used in integrated circuits like microprocessors, transistors can be thought of as switches, when they’re on, current flows, when they’re off, no current flows. The goal of the transistor designer is to make the perfect switch, lots of power can flow when turned on, absolutely no power flows when turned off, and the switch can change states very quickly, requiring very little power to do so.
  • Using the valve analogy, you can immediately understand some truisms about transistors. Leaky ones are bad, and smaller ones can usually open and close faster than bigger ones, but they let less water (or current in the case of transistors) through.

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