Audible books not so listenable - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Sep 29, 2009

A few weeks back, succumbing to a barrage of advertising on my favourite tech podcast TWiT, I signed up to, the talking book service run out of the US. Audible has been plugging away with digital book downloads for ten years now, but seems to really have taken off with the rise of the iPod and the iPhone – … Read More

Using science to go after movie pirates - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Sep 28, 2009

Japanese scientists have found a way to block parts of the movie screen from the camera of a would-be pirated movie maker. A week ago, National Institute of Informatics associate professor Isao Echizen and electronics manufacturer Sharp announced they had made a device which sends out near-infrared rays which erases images recorded on a camera. By putting a noise light … Read More

Networks of inventors - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Sep 28, 2009

Over the last six months I’ve been studying an OECD patent database with a research assistant, Catriona Sissons. The goal of our project is to study the economic geography of innovation in a quantitative manner. One of the things we have investigated is whether collaborative networks form between inventors through co-patenting. To find co-patents between inventors we use European Patent … Read More