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Researchers see the light on a new generation of LED lamps (The Guardian, 22 October 2009*
More efficient LED lamps are on the way

'Lab-on-a-chip' tech for cancer test (The Guardian, 17 September 2009*)
Potential to speed up bowel cancer diagnosis

PhonePoint Pen: write with a wave of your hand (The Guardian, 10 September 2009*)
Making notes in the air with your mobile phone

Innovation nation in a tech media world (The Guardian, 7 September 2009*)
Tech Media Invest 100 market review (supplement cover story)

A new generation of turbines (The Guardian, 20 August 2009*)
Induction motor breakthrough improves wind turbine performance

A breath of fresh air for batteries (The Guardian, 25 June 2009*)
Air-fuelled batteries for longer-lasting gadgets

[*The dates above are for the Guardian's printed technology section. Online versions are published the previous day]

Platte's fiscal approach raises concerns about VAT penalties (The Guardian, 4 June 2009)
Was a UK company wrongly advised by popup biller Platte International?

Are comment links just a form of spam? (The Guardian, 28 May 2009)
Controversial blog commenting by marketing company raises questions

Norway pops porn biller Platte out of the picture (The Guardian, 21 May 2009)
Decisive action by Norway's Consumer Ombudsman

Microfluidic paper passes the litmus test (The Guardian, 14 May 2009)
New medical diagnostics for third world countries

Nanostitch makes light work of wounds (The Guardian, 30 April 2009)
Stitch free wound closure with light activated superglue

A breath of fresh air (The Guardian, 16 April 2009)
Ozone technology advance for fresh packaged foods (The Hindu, 16 April 2009)
Ozone kills bacteria on fresh packaged foods

A new spin on sugar offers hope for nerves (The Guardian, 9 April 2009)
It's a sweet bioengineering solution for nerve regrowth

Platte exits, leaving questions (The Guardian, 19 March 2009)
Is it the end for popup billing?

The bumpy road to harvesting truck power (The Guardian, 12 March 2009)
Energy harvesting from shock absorbers

Platte/MBS shuts down in the UK: was it the VAT or the OFT?
(Guardian technology blog, 11 March 2009 with Charles Arthur)

Lights, signal, networking (The Guardian, 26 February 2009)
LED lighting may become a new wireless network

Surveillance: the next generation (The Guardian, 19 February 2009)
CCTV is becoming smarter

Bullets hold the key in Bond's unique view to a kill (The Guardian, 5 February 2009)
Recovering decades old fingerprints - an update

Nanofluid heat transfers to industry (The Guardian, 8 January 2009)
No energy boost yet for your central heating system

Who's really on the phone? (The Guardian, 11 December 2008)
Do you trust caller ID?

Sweet answer to a fuel problem (The Guardian, 4 December 2008)
New use for biofuel waste (The Hindu, 4 December 2008)
Scientists seek to turn waste glycerol biofuels into high-value gas (Tapei Times, 10 December 2008)
How to turn waste glycerol from biofuels into high-value hydrogen gas

Fuel claims polarise opinion (The Guardian, 27 November 2008)
Will passing fuel through an electrical field give better economy?

Cloud radar with a silver lining - it can really predict the weather (The Guardian, 6 November 2008)
Take a peek with a new skyward-pointing radar

Against the grain, MDF can look like oak (The Guardian, 23 October 2008)
High-powered lasers put the grain into MDF

Timing is key to netting phishing victims (The Guardian, 16 October 2008)
How victims thought they were due a tax refund.

Will Platte be beached by VAT? (The Guardian, 9 October 2008)[technology section cover story]
Electronically-supplied services from outside the EU are liable to VAT

CleanTech 100 (The Guardian, 18 September 2008)
Odersun - solar cells without silicon
Quiet Revolution - wind turbines for the urban environment
Quantasol - more efficient solar cells also without silicon
Onzo - home energy monitoring device

The drugs don't work (The Guardian, 11 September 2008)
Quickly detect dodgy counterfeits with a new test

Forensic science's magic bullet (The Guardian, 28 August 2008)
Fingerprint breakthrough in cold case (The Hindu, 28 August 2008)
Recovering 14-year old fingerprints from spent cartridges

New heights for proton therapy cancer treatment (The Guardian, 21 August 2008)
New proton beam begins experiments soon

New wave power generation (The Guardian, 7 August 2008)
The snake-like Anaconda wave machine

Sweet peas make a second skin (The Guardian, 31July 2008)
Sweet pea pod enzymes in polymer advances (The Hindu, 31 July 2008)
New polymer skin gel uses sweet pea extracts

Comment spammers never take a holiday (The Guardian, 31 July 2008)
Don't let down your defences

Content supplier admits to contract with popup biller Platte (The Guardian, 10 July 2008)
...but not for Getfilmsnow.com

Your life will be flashed before your eyes (The Guardian, 3 July 2008)
Contact lenses as miniature displays

Porn billing firm lures customers with promises of Hollywood movies (The Guardian, 26 June 2008)
Porn billing firm lures customers with promises of Hollywood movies (Tehran Times, 28 June 2008)
Published in the Guardian print edition as 'Popup billing finds a new screen' [the section cover story]

Red hot chillies go down the nanotube (The Guardian, 12 June 2008)
Measuring chilli heat using electrochemistry

Magnetic device could be used to diagnose malaria (The Guardian, 29 May 2008)
Magnetic device could be used to diagnose malaria (The Hindu, 29 May 2008)
A new portable device offers faster diagnosis

Fuel costs 16p per mile. Why? (The Guardian, 22 May 2008) [cover story]
Greater fuel efficiency doesn't mean cars are cheaper to run

How low-energy LEDs could soon be lighting our homes (The Guardian, 8 May 2008)
Low energy LEDs lighting our homes (The Hindu, 8 May 2008)
Nanotechnology turns up the brightness

Making a brake light say more than 'stop' (The Guardian, 1 May 2008)
Making a car's brake light say more than 'stop' (Gulf Weekly, 14 May 2008)
Smart brake lights may save accidents

BT's plan for quicker connection (The Guardian, 17 April 2008) [cover story]
The big upgrade from ADSL to ADSL2+

Can microwaves help us to beat breast cancer? (The Guardian, 3 April 2008)
Can microwaves help us to beat breast cancer? (The Hindu, 3 April 2008)
Heating tumours before chemotherapy

Tuning in to the possibilities of nanotube transistors (The Guardian, 27 March 2008)
Replacing silicon with carbon

How x-rays can detect cocaine or semtex in a large suitcase (The Guardian, 20 March 2008)
How x-rays can detect cocaine or semtex in a large suitcase (The Hindu, 20 March 2008)
X-rays in colour and three dimensions?

Will BT's ADSL2+ speed up my broadband? (The Guardian 20 March 2008)
Perhaps by not as much as you'd like

Raindrops keep falling on my ...piezoelectric membrane (The Guardian, 28 February 2008)
Generating electricity from rain

How to get online advertising for free (The Guardian, 14 February 2008)
Badges, quizzes, and widgets for your blog

Light touch could boost fibre optic networks (The Guardian, 7 February 2008)
A new type of ultra-small optical switch

Blowing hot and cold on thermoelectrics (The Guardian, 31 January 2008)
Generating electricity from waste heat in vehicles

Porn bill firm opens new front (The Guardian, 24 January 2008)
The popup bill that's still causing angst [cover story]

How nanocones could help you stay dry (The Guardian, 10 January 2008)
Staying dry in summer rainstorms

How solar power could become organic - and cheap (The Guardian, 29 November 2007)
How solar power could become organic - and cheap (The Hindu, 29 November 2007)
Organic materials promise cheaper solar power

Smart smoke detector turns up its nose at burning toast (The Guardian, 22 November 2007)
New laser-based fire detection system

A better way to digitise prints (The Guardian, 1 November 2007)
Unwarping fingerprints offers faster recognition

How polymers will help you get those last dregs of ketchup out (The Guardian, 18 October 2007)
Polymers could reduce food waste -- and save some ketchup (Taipei Times, 21 October 2007)
New polymer coating provides non-stick surface for bottles

Technobile: compulsive email archiver (The Guardian, 11 October 2007)
What would you do about old emails?

Ransomware victims wait for the worst (The Guardian, 4 October 2007)
Identity theft likely outcome for Monster.com phishing victims

Entrepreneur makes waves with renewable energy (The Guardian, 20 September 2007)
Wave energy device promises new source of electricity

Boldly going where no mass spectrometer has gone before (The Guardian, 6 September 2007)
The first steps in building a Star Trek tricorder

Monster hit by 'worst ever' trojan (The Guardian, 23 August 2007) [cover story]
Ransomware trojan encrypts files, demands money, and steals personal information

The regret-free tattoo could be just around the corner (The Guardian, 2 August 2007)
Science helps create the world's first removable tattoo

Why Google is the service of choice for sploggers (The Guardian, 12 July 2007)
Why Google is the service for choice for sploggers (The Hindu, 13 July 2007)
The battle to stop the splog (spam blog = splog)

For power, just add water (The Guardian, 28 June 2007)
Splitting water using aluminium to release hydrogen

Legal wrangles over porn billing software (The Guardian, 31 May 2007)
Payment popups for porn cause problems for the unwary

How plastic blood could move from test tube to battlefield (The Guardian, 10 May 2007)
Plastic blood may move from lab to battlefield (The Kuwait Times, 12 May 2007)
Plastic blood? Now that's an idea worth bottling (The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 May 2007)
Could your life be saved by artificial blood one day?

Sweet smell of success for biofuel expert (The Guardian, 26 April 2007)
Batteries powered by sugar (The Hindu, 26 April 2007)
Sugar may be a surprising new power source

The 'fab' machine that could spark an industrial revolution (The Guardian, 29 March 2007)
Open source, low-cost machine that 'prints' 3D objects (The Hindu, 30 March 2007)
The open source low cost machine which will print objects at home

How the tiniest sieve in the world could improve dialysis (The Guardian, 15 March 2007)
Build a better membrane - by accident (The Globe and Mail, 27 March 2007) - not online
An accidental discovery of a new molecular filter

My PC is being held to ransom (The Guardian, 1 March 2007) [cover story]
An online billing system upsets those who say they never signed up to porn

A revolutionary rethink of the humble inkjet printer (The Guardian, 15 February 2007)
1000 pages per minute may be possible

A clear view of the future (The Guardian, 1 February 2007)
Searching for an invisible solution (The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 May 2007)
Invisible electronics promises transparent screens

Getting the blog spammers to hang up their affiliations (The Guardian, 25 January 2007)
A UK-based blog spammer remains elusive

Technobile: Things have got so bad, you now need passwords to protect passwords (The Guardian, 14 December 2006)
Can you remember your password?

A cool new idea from British scientists: the magnetic fridge (The Guardian, 14 December 2006)
Exploiting the magnetocaloric effect in a 21st century fridge

A matter of life and death on the battlefield (The Guardian, 30 November 2006)
New technology to stop catastrophic bleeding

Security that is small and imperfectly formed (The Guardian, 16 November 2006)
What may become the ultimate weapon against forgers

One pixel is plenty for pictures (The Guardian, 9 November 2006)
Two American researchers are working on a new digital camera

Technobile: A word to the wise (The Guardian, 2 November 2006)
Don't let it slip that you know something about computers.

Going against the grain (The Guardian, 26 October 2006)
Polycarbonate is changing the way guitars are made

Get me a blood screen, stat (The Guardian, 12 October 2006).
Blood sampling made simpler.

Catching the power of the sea (The Guardian, 7 September 2006).
A new tidal stream generator needs investors.

Scientists spin brand new skin (The Guardian, 24 August 2006).
How polymer science may help plastic surgeons with new skin graft techniques.

Beaming in on a deadly disease (The Guardian, 10 August 2006).
New proton therapy facilities to treat cancer are urgently needed in the UK.

Hoping for fat profits from thin TVs (The Guardian, 6 July 2006).
New display technologies will mean cheaper large flat screen TVs and even new medical testing equipment.

Terahertz rays beam past hype (The Guardian, 11 May 2006).
Looking at the interesting possibilities for terahertz radiation.

On the trail of the spammers (The Guardian, 11 May 2006).
How I caught the guestbook spammer and found the spammer that spammed in The Guardian's name.

An unwelcome guest of spam (The Guardian, 27 April 2006).
How I've been battling a guestbook spammer using my name and e-mail address.

Tiny tubes promise big savings on fuel bills (The Guardian, 13 April 2006).
How carbon nanotubes may improve your central heating boiler's efficiency.

If distributed processing can search for aliens, why not web pages? (The Guardian, 23 March 2006).
Majestic-12, the new distributed search engine that's already indexed more than one billion pages.

Cashing in on fake blogs (The Guardian, 17 November 2005).
The money-making advertising scam that pollutes search engine results

Trading on someone else's name (The Guardian, 27 October 2005).
Who owns the Gmail name? Google, IIIR or Gallagher & Robertson?

Moral Maze (The Guardian, 25 August 2005).
I take a brief look at the murky world of referrer spam.

Cursor: (The Independent, 4 May 2005). Short news pieces on RSS, Gmail and the Norwegian Spam Huntress.

How to survive the bomb (The Independent, 13 April 2005)
When did you last take a backup?

Cursor: Byte-sized news and gossip (The Independent, 5 April 2005) A short piece on Bugmenot.com, the web site that loans you free logins for accessing otherwise free sites that demand compulsory registration.

Web design is a real steal (The Independent, 9 March 2005)
Create, don't copy web sites

Careless jobs cost blogs (The Independent, 23 February 2005)
Be careful what you write about work

Small screen bounty (The Independent, 9 February 2005)
Television piracy on the internet

The online mafia (The Independent, 15 December 2004)
Organised crime uses botnets for extortion

To catch a thief (The Independent, 17 November 2004)
To catch a thief (The Belfast Telegraph, 17 November 2004)
Coolwebsearch - the most feared spyware on the web

Phones without borders (The Independent, 13 October 2004)
Voice over IP (using broadband to make phone calls)

The spy threat from the internet (The Independent, 22 September 2004)
The spy threat from the internet (The Belfast Telegraph, 22 September 2004)
All about spyware

Is Linux too good to be true? (The Independent, 25 August 2004)
Is Linux too good to be true (The Belfast Telegraph, 25 August 2004)
I test the open source option with mixed results

In the beginning was Word (The Independent, 14 July 2004)
Software in schools - is Linux an alternative?

The well runs dry (The Independent, 2 June 2004)
Do you think inkjet cartridges are too expensive?

Ever decreasing circles (The Independent, 21 April 2004)
Old CD-Rs simply fade away

Plug in to broadband (The Independent, 4 February 2004)
Plug in to always-on internet (The Belfast Telegraph, 19 April 2004)
Broadband from your 13amp socket....yes, really

Extreme machines (The Independent, 8 October 2003)
Modders do it with lights and fans - custom PCs

Gone surfing (The Independent, 17 September 2003)
Wi-Fi on the move

Spreading the word (The Independent, 30 July 2003)
Book pirates

Some of the The Independent features above are also published in The Belfast Telegraph.