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Air gaps microprocessor

Air-gap insulation method increases chip speed

Air gap insulation between copper wires in microprossesors can increase chip speed making them more efficient, say researchers at IBM.

Safety comes first at Baggeridge Brick

Baggeridge Brick's Rudgwick site in West Sussex is the first UK brick factory to receive OHSAS 18001 certification. The standard rewards the development of an occupational health and safety management system. Baggeridge has been addressing health and safety work practices as part of the ‘Pledge' made by members of the British Ceramic Confederation in 2000. The aim is to reduce the number of working days lost due to work-related injury and ill health by 30% by 2010, as well as ensuring each staff member has received relevant training.

Eco-clay walls

Natural Building Technologies ThermoPlan deep wall cavity system has received an 'A' rating in The Green Guide to Housing Specification from the Building Research Establishment. The porous clay structure is thermally efficient, minimising cold bridging and damp/cold cavities.

Making sense of minerals sorting

A near infrared spectrometer for automated mineral sorting is close to production. The imaging specrometer developed by Spectra-Map produces a fingerprint from the reflectance of specific wavelengths to separate and characterise a range of minerals.

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