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As we start the new year, our world seems to be less united and more fragmented at a time when global climate change, economic uncertainty and political polarisation require the whole of humanity to face up to the challenges they present. Read more

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The exponentially emerging technologies are accelerating the realisation of the ideas and dreams of scientists and engineers. Read more

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Inspired by the recent successful mission of NASA’s Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, I am reminded of the importance placed on the reliability of systems technologies. Read more

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The word smart, like many others, has entered the lexicon of the digital world. Smart Manufacturing is a US term, synonymous to the European Industry 4.0 term. Read more

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In the early 1980s when powerful so-called super-computers were just becoming realised, communication and information technologies were still developing and were much less sophisticated than we know them now. Read more

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Humanity faces many challenges. For the first time, we possess the knowledge and technology to meet these challenges. Read more

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Developments in micro technologies in this century have enabled the production of a wide range of smart sensor systems. Read more

In this article I want to raise awareness of the impending crisis resulting from the resistance of certain types of bacteria to antibiotic drugs. Read more

Mobility is an intrinsic part of human development. Early humans survived and progressed because they were able to migrate across the world, Read more

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Healthcare budgets are rising everywhere because new advances in medicine have raised public expectations. Read more

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In this introductory article, the first of three, we show how the study of animals and plants has enabled us to learn to design, develop and manufacture a range of new products Read more

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The UK will legally leave the EU on March 29, 2019. This act, commonly known as Brexit, has become the most divisive and contentious issue for the country this century. Read more

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The answer to the question posed in the title is no. In this feature, past, present and future issues involved in securing and protecting data in various forms are reviewed. Read more

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Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is now ubiquitous, will lead us in new directions. Its increasing use is a hot topic Read more

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Following the success of eight annual editions of mAm (the Micronarc Alpine Meeting), the ninth was again held in idyllic Villars-sur-Ollon Read more

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In an article last year, I discussed abundance and the possibility of a future Techno Utopian World. Now I want to highlight the appearance of a truly transformative era. Read more

Developments in micro technologies in this century have enabled the production of a wide range of smart sensor systems. Read more

Can a Techno-Utopian world of abundance for all ever be achieved? This question provokes further questions and many answers. Read more

During the last four decades there has been a huge growth in conferences covering almost every aspect of human endeavour. Read more

One of the themes of the 2016 World Economic Forum (1) held in January at the Swiss resort of Davos was focused on ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution’. Read more

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In my columns I shall be reviewing new directions for those emerging technologies that are most likely to have a profound impact on manufacturing industries in the decades ahead. Read more

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I want to thank the editor for the opportunity to write a column in CMM. Read more

The 20th international COMS Conference was held in the attractive Royal City of Krakow on 14-16 September 2015. Read more

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Many articles have been written about the issues of manufacturing and marketing micro-nano products. They are often based on theory rather than hard experience. In reality, practice is very different from theory. Read more

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David Tolfree presents a brief historical review of its evolution from a few companies and practitioners back in the early 1990s to the thousands now engaged. Read more

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Before communication technologies, people met physically in villages and town centres to exchange ideas and trade. Read more

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Dr. Steven Walsh together with Robert Tierney, Nikos, University of Twente, and David Tolfree, European VP of MANCEF, review the drivers that are promoting small tech (micro and nano technology) based innovations in the pharmaceutical industry. Read more

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