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Telecommunications

Samsung rolling out a dedicated Internet of Things network across South Korea

South Korea is already one of the most wired countries on Earth, and the latest effort by Samsung and SK Telecom won't do anything to hurt that fact. The two have paired up to roll out a commercial network dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) across the country. The wireless network will serve as infrastructure for various public services and businesses, allowing devices to gather, share and make use of data like weather and traffic conditions.Read More

Environment

Planes, ships and ground stations working together to study pollution

Next week, an international effort between NASA and the Republic of Korea's National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) will see the two bodies working together on an ambitious, six-week set of observations designed to improve our understanding of air pollution. The project will include the use of three planes housing 37 different instruments, and more than 300 ground sites, working together to gather data that help in the development of new solution to combat poor air quality across the globe.Read More

Electronics

New multiferroic film could lead to more bendable electronics

Researchers from South Korea have developed a thin, highly-flexible film that could enable a new generation of wearable devices that wrap around your finger or wrist. The multiferroic film even amplified the properties inherent in the bismuth ferrite it was made from, and the enhanced properties were preserved when the film was curved into a cylindrical shape.Read More

Architecture

Leaning House tilts upwards to offer a great view

Architecture firm Praud decided upon an interesting approach when commissioned to build a home near Seoul, South Korea. To ensure its clients could enjoy a choice views of a nearby lake and catch all available southern sunlight despite the hilly landscape, the firm tilted a section of the home upwards – thus inspiring the name Leaning House. Read More

Architecture

Star Wars-inspired house uses the force

The force is strong in South Korea. Local architecture firm Moon Hoon has built a Star Wars-inspired home that would look at home on a George Lucas movie set. The Starwars House was constructed for a family of four on a relatively low budget and shows a sense of fun while remaining a practical family home. Read More

Science

Nanoscale anti-counterfeiting tech reveals hidden image when breathed upon

Allowing consumers to identify counterfeit goods is a tricky and expensive problem, as many security measures such as holograms might be easily mimicked by counterfeiters. A new nanoscale printing technique, however, allows researchers to create labels that reveal a "watermarked" image when breathed upon by the consumer. The labels are scalable and durable, and can be applied to many surfaces, yet are beyond the hands of those who might try to mimic them to fool consumers. Read More

Environment

Cigarette butts transformed into high-performance supercapacitor component

Billions of cigarette butts are discarded around the world each year and, even when disposed of properly, pose a threat to the environment by leaching arsenic, lead and other nasty chemicals into land and waterways. New research shows these butts could be set for a new lease on life, with a team of Korean scientists demonstrating that used cigarette filters could actually double as a highly-effective energy storage material. Read More

Automotive

The ultimate test drive: BMW Korea opens Driving Center in Incheon

BMW has invested some US$75.5 million building the ultimate test drive center in Incheon, near Seoul, South Korea. Customers can stretch the legs of BMW's range of performance cars and motorcycles on a 2.6-kilometer (1.6-mile) closed circuit racetrack, or put an SUV through its paces on an off road area. The 240,000-square meter (almost 60 acre) site will also house a service center, bars and restaurants, training academy, historical exhibits, kids' area – and of course, a giant BMW and MINI showroom.Read More

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