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‘Like a sun on Earth’: Las Vegas warning if dazzling venue built in London’s East End

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‘Like a sun on Earth’: Las Vegas warning if dazzling venue built in London’s East End

Stratford residents fear planned MSG Sphere concert hall will ruin their sleep with light pollution

An image of how a MSG Sphere could look in Stratford, east London, during a concert.

East London residents are being warned that light pollution from a controversial huge new concert venue – the MSG Sphere – will be “like a sun on Earth”. The message comes from neighbours of a Las Vegas version, more than 5,000 miles away.

Plans for the new concert hall in Stratford took a step closer to realisation last week when the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) approved plans for the advertising display covered with more than one million light emitting diodes that will show videos and adverts from dawn until late.

A similar building is scheduled to open in Las Vegas later this year, and last week the company behind the project tested out the lighting display. “It’s almost like building a sun on Earth,” said Las Vegas local Billy Cline, 36, after he saw the lights at the tip of the 111 metre-high spherical building being tested two miles away from his balcony.

Cline, who works in public engagement, predicts that once the Las Vegas sphere is completed it will increase light pollution coming through his curtains exponentially, especially with moving images. Some residents, he believes, will invest in big shutters to block out the light.

Cline adds that Las Vegas is “a city known for its light” and that he feels such a structure would never get the go-ahead in other US cities: “I don’t think this MSG Sphere would be built in San Francisco or parts of Los Angeles or Brooklyn. I couldn’t imagine something that bright in a residential area.”

Map of proposed site

Mick Akers, a sports business and transport journalist for Las Vegas Review Journal, said the Sphere may well be Las Vegas’s brightest building when it is completed but that “everyone here is already used to it”. If it were n the middle of a residential area, he adds, “at night it could bring some problems”.

Plans for the more residential setting of Stratford – which include a 21,500-capacity concert hall the width of the London Eye and the height of Big Ben, a nightclub, shops and restaurants – are seeing significant opposition, with the proposed venue labelleds a “monstrosity”. The site is an empty plot of land between Stratford railway station and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

MSG Entertainment claims the London venue will “reinvent” live music and entertainment through “the next generation of immersive experiences”. It also pledges to bring long-term investment to the capital, thousands of jobs and “billions of pounds of economic benefit for Newham, London and the UK”.

But opponents claim it will result in sleep-disrupting light pollution, noise and transport issues, and impact driver concentration, forcing those who can to move out of the area. They also highlight car parking issues, particularly for disabled visitors.

Meanwhile, MSG boss James Dolan has attracted headlines in the US over his use of facial recognition technology. Last month it emerged that Madison Square Garden in New York was using cameras to ban employees of law firms that are handling cases against MSG properties. The billionaire broke his silence on the issue last week, citing the Bill of Rights on US morning talk show Good Day New York, hitting out at officials and claiming that as its owner, his actions were valid.

The UK planning application still needs to be referred to the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who has the power to refuse it.

Lyn Brown, Labour MP for West Ham, said the planswere being “imposed” on the community and can only now be stopped by eitherKhan or Michael Gove, the secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. “It’s too big, it would be too intrusive. I would ask that they call it in and either scale it right down or reject it,” she said.

Pointing out that, unlike Las Vegas, Stratford is “not in the middle of a desert”, she added: “We are talking about a very urban environment.”

Sanch Kanagarajah, 39, who lives in a flat in a nearby tower block facing the site, fears the brightness will disrupt his sleep. “It could be moving imagery which would make it even worse,” said the charity manager.

Nate Higgins, Green party councillor for Stratford Olympic Park, claims many residents will move out of the area if the Sphere goes ahead. He told the LLDC planning committee on Tuesday that residents “don’t want the Sphere at all” and do not want to be forced to resort to blackout blinds “in order to enable a private developer to build a massive advertising screen masquerading as an entertainment venue”.

Bo Chapman, Stratford resident and a member of the Against MSG Group since 2019, said that when she first saw a poster for the “globular monster” she thought it was a joke. The community digital artist, who has lived in the area since 1997, said: “It’s an unethical monstrosity. It’s a great concept but it’s in the completely wrong place. It’s another example of corporations getting profit at the expense of communities.”

An LLDC spokesperson said the proposed plans involved “significant consultation” and have been “subject to robust review and detailed officer reports”, with planning permission and advertisement consent resolved to be approved in March.

The MSG Sphere under construction in Las Vegas, Nevada.

MSG Entertainment said it had agreed to return to the LLDC planning committee with revised proposals for blue badge parking and that it will announce a timeline for construction after the planning process is completed, which it hopes will be later this year.

It insisted that the Sphere is not an advertising display, claiming “advertising will be shown for only a small part of any day”.

Asked whether it would use facial recognition in London, the company said it is not yet at the stage of confirming such systems and procedures and that they would be “subject to discussion and agreement with the relevant authorities”.

A spokesperson said: “We are committed to being a good neighbour in Stratford and fully understand concerns of some residents. We are also mindful of the differences between Las Vegas and Newham.

“The London Sphere will be different from the Vegas Sphere in its operation, including measures such as limiting its brightness, the time of day it can operate, the amount of advertising it can display, and more.

“We remain fully committed to bringing MSG Sphere to London and to deliver its many cultural and economic benefits, including creating thousands of jobs and generating billions of pounds for the local, London and UK economy.”

A spokesperson for the mayor of London said: “As this is a live application that will be referred back to the mayor, we cannot comment in advance of any decision he may make.”

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The best OLED TVs for 2023: from LG, Sony, and Samsung

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When it comes to the latest and greatest TVs, all eyes were on the annual Consumer Electronics Show (now just called CES) in January to lay the groundwork for the coming year. But if you’re shopping for a new TV now, then you’re undoubtedly looking at what is arguably the best TV technology on the market: OLED — although QD-OLED is coming for it, hard.

With uncompromising color and contrast-rich picture quality you’re looking for, an OLED TV is the way to go. Unlike traditional LED sets, OLED TVs negate the use of regular backlighting altogether, employing a massive array of self-emissive pixels instead. The best part: These pixels are individually controllable, meaning that when one is turned off, that cell becomes completely black. This is why OLEDs are hailed for their amazing inky black levels.

LG is the brand of choice when it comes to OLED sets, and right now, our favorite OLED on the market is the incredible LG G2 Gallery Series. From its arresting brightness (not something we usually say about OLED TVs) to its jaw-dropping colors and contrast, the G2 Series is the OLED to beat all OLEDs, but there are plenty of other great options, too.

Whether you’re looking for the best OLED TV money can buy or want to invest in a budget-friendly model, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up all the best OLED TVs for 2023.

If, however, you’re also still considering a QLED TV, we have a roundup of the best of those, too.

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65-inch LG G2 Gallery Series

The best OLED TV

  • Class-leading brightness
  • Outstanding color accuracy
  • Perfect black levels
  • Top choice for gamers
  • Top-notch design
  • Disappointing stand-mount option

We can’t beat around the bush with this one: The LG G2 Series is the best OLED TV we’ve ever had the honor of testing, and with plenty of laurels to cover, let’s get things started by talking about just how breathtaking the picture is on this bad boy.

Everything from movies and TV shows to video games will look and perform better than ever with the LG G2. Not only does this 4K OLED achieve perfect black levels and beautifully deep colors (for both SDR and HDR content), but LG’s fine-tuned OLED EVO screen delivers some of the best peak brightness levels we’ve ever seen on an OLED set, trending ever-closer to the kind of brilliance you’ll only find on QLED TVs, which are known for brightness.

The G2’s four HDMI 2.1 inputs all support 4K/120Hz, on top of NVIDIA G-Sync, AMD Free-Sync, and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), along with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG support, making this an ideal TV for movie diehards and heavy-duty gamers.

LG is one of a few TV brands that uses its own smart TV user interface, and the company’s latest iteration of webOS gets you connected to all of your favorite streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, and even allows you to pair and cast content to your LG G2 from a mobile device or a computer.

As part of LG’s Gallery lineup, the G2 is specifically designed to look its best hanging from your wall like a piece of art, and it even comes with a custom mount that gets the TV as close to the wall as possible.

LG 65-Inch Class OLED evo Gallery Edition G2 Series Alexa Built-in 4K Smart TV, 120Hz Refresh Rate, AI-Powered 4K, Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos, WiSA Ready, Cloud Gaming (OLED65G2PUA, 2022)
65-inch LG G2 Gallery Series
The best OLED TV

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65-inch LG C2 Series

The runner-up

  • Slick new design
  • Improved peak brightness
  • Excellent black levels
  • Solid color accuracy and gamut
  • Great for gamers
  • Some peak brightness artifacts
  • Complex smart TV system

There’s not much in the way of picture quality specs to differentiate LG’s C2 Series from the G2 family, so if you’re looking to save a few dollars on your next big OLED purchase, opting for the former is not a bad idea at all. In fact, the C2 Series even comes in a few more sizes than its flagship older brother, offering a 42-inch and a 48-inch version of the premium set for those of us who may want to use an OLED TV as a gaming monitor.

While the G2 looks its best when wall-mounted, there’s a little bit of extra bulk in the overall chassis to get the TV as close to the wall as possible, a design choice negated by the C2 in favor of a much thinner profile and an included pedestal that keeps the TV wobble-free on your entertainment center.

In terms of overall picture quality and performance, the C2 essentially checks all the same boxes as the G2. Four HDMI 2.1 inputs deliver 4K/120Hz, supported HDR formats include Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG, and the C2 is tailor-made for gaming too, thanks to the inclusion of NVIDIA G-Sync, AMD Free-Sync, and VRR support. The C2 is also equipped with the same lightning-fast version of webOS that the G2 uses.

Side by side, the G2 Series does deliver a slightly brighter and more colorful picture than the C2 model, but it’s a small variance of nits that separates the top dog from the much-esteemed runner-up.

LG - OLED Evo C2 Series 65” Alexa Built-in 4k Smart TV
65-inch LG C2 Series
The runner-up

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65-inch LG C1 Series

Almost as good as the C2, but cheaper

  • Excellent Contrast
  • Perfect Black Levels
  • Improved Processing
  • Great For Gaming
  • Impressive Sound
  • Sluggish User Menus
  • Confusing picture settings

If you want to save some money while keeping all of the features that matter to a gamer, the abovementioned LG C2 is the TV we’d point you toward. But if you want to save even more money, you can still get your hands on LG’s 2021 C1 Series.

Granted, it doesn’t have the OLED Evo panel, but virtually every other feature from the C2 has been kept intact, including all of the gaming-centric ones, such as 4K gaming at 120Hz, VRR, the Game Optimizer, and Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync Premium technologies.

When you’re not gaming, the C1 Series is also an exceptional TV for movies, TV shows, and sports. Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG are all supported, and LG’s Alpha 9 Gen 4 A.I. Processor does a fantastic job of upscaling all kinds of non-4K content to near-4K quality, with almost no loss of sharpness.

Sure, it’s not as bright or colorful as the 2022 C2 Series, but the C1 Series is still a phenomenal LG OLED that’s worth grabbing while supplies last.

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65-inch LG C1 Series
Almost as good as the C2, but cheaper

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65-inch Sony A95K QD-OLED

The best OLED for videophiles

  • Next-level color purity
  • High color brightness
  • Wide color gamut
  • Perfect black levels
  • Great sound

Holy TV, the Sony A95K is one for the history books. What we’ve got here is something a little outside the box in terms of overall design. Traditionally, OLED panels contain nothing outside of self-emissive pixels for display tech, relegating brightness, colors, and contrast to the individual on/off control of each cell. But in 2022, both Sony and Samsung dazzled the TV world with an all-new kind of TV: the QD-OLED.

Sony’s take on this state-of-the-art display is the impressive Bravia A95K. At the surface, we’re working with an OLED screen, and one that achieves some of the most accurate colors and contrast we’ve ever seen in our many years of reviewing TVs. Then, when you factor in the fine-tuning, upscaling, and calibration delivered by the Cognitive XR Processor, you end up with a TV that delivers up to 200% more color brightness when compared to a traditional OLED set — talk about accolades!

The A95K is also equipped with four HDMI inputs, two of which can handle 4K/120Hz, along with G-Sync, Free-Sync, and VRR support, making this an ideal TV for gamers and movie-lovers. And when we mentioned color brightness, the true way to put the A95K to the test is by watching something in HDR. Fortunately, this monster of a TV supports Dolby Vision, IMAX Enhanced, and Netflix Adaptive Calibrated Mode, ensuring that all your favorite HDR movies and shows look as vibrant and lifelike as possible.

You’ll also be able to connect to your favorite streaming apps with the A95K’s intelligent Google TV user interface, which even allows you to cast content from your mobile device to the TV.

While the price may be a bit out of reach for some, it’s hard to come by a TV that does all the amazing things that the A95K is capable of.

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65-inch Sony A95K QD-OLED
The best OLED for videophiles

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65-inch Samsung S95B QD-OLED

An OLED for Samsung fans

  • High overall brightness
  • Excellent color brightness
  • Superior contrast
  • Perfect blacks/uniformity
  • Great for gaming
  • First-gen technology
  • Size limits

We mentioned that both Sony and Samsung are the two TV brands that took the world by storm in 2022 with the release of each company’s QD-OLED sets. And seeing as we already covered the A95K, we would be remiss to not include Samsung’s take on the all-new picture tech: the S95B.

When it comes to picture quality, the S95B tops the charts in the color brightness department. Sure, it may not reach the peak brightness levels of something like the QN90B (a Samsung QLED TV), but color brightness adds layers of immersion, making reds, yellows, greens, and blues all the more punchier, especially when viewed in HDR picture modes.

Speaking of which, the S95B supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG formats. And while Dolby Vision is currently missing from the list, the S95B more than makes up for the loss with Dolby Atmos support, four HDMI 2.1 inputs, and a fully-loaded Tizen user interface for all your smart TV needs.

This is a first-gen take on a brand-new picture tech, and some of the TV’s upscaling features aren’t quite as strong as we’d like to see. That being said, we’re betting that with a few strong software patches, some of these calibration issues will be taken care of.

SAMSUNG 65-Inch Class OLED 4K S95B Series - Quantum HDR OLED Self-Illuminating LED Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (QN65S95BAFXZA, 2022 Model)
65-inch Samsung S95B QD-OLED
An OLED for Samsung fans

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an OLED TV?

OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode, and its signature characteristic is that each pixel on the screen of an OLED TV emits its own light and color and can be turned completely off to deliver true black color.

OLED versus QLED: Which is better?

Be sure to check out our QLED versus OLED explainer. In general, OLED TVs produce a higher-quality image than QLED TVs, but there are caveats. QLED TVs get brighter, and so they’re the better choice for brightly-lit rooms.

Is OLED better than 4K?

Trick question! OLED is a description of a kind of TV display, whereas 4K refers to a TV’s native resolution. Like LED and QLED TVs, you can buy 4K and even 8K OLED TVs — the choice is yours.

What should I look for in an OLED TV?

f you’re a gamer, make sure your OLED TV supports HDMI 2.1 at the least, and in an ideal world, it should have Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, too. If you’re a cinephile or video maven, find a model with the best picture processing.

Is OLED the best TV technology?

We think OLED TVs still currently produce the best overall image quality, but upcoming new formats such as QD-OLED, microLED and mini-LED-based QLED TVs are starting to threaten OLED TV’s crown.

Do OLED TVs have HDR?

Yes, all OLED TVs are compatible with at least HDR10 — the most common HDR format — while most offer support for HLG and Dolby Vision, too.

Do OLED TVs have problems with burn-in?

For the vast majority of buyers, burn-in will not be a problem, but it can happen. When it occurs, it’s usually because someone has set their OLED TV to show a TV channel or a video game that has on-screen graphics that don’t move much or at all and left it there for many hours each day, for many days in a row.

Who makes the best OLED TV?

Right now, all OLED TV panels are produced by LG Display, and we believe that LG Electronics makes the best overall OLED TV: the G2 Gallery Series. That said, Sony’s image processing is slightly better, so if image perfection is your main yardstick, a Sony OLED TV is a great way to go.

Is an OLED TV worth it?

Yes. OLED TVs are definitely expensive when compared to some other options, but their black levels, contrast, and color make for an awesome viewing experience.

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How shipowners can improve CII compliance ratings

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Mr Dsouza said owners of merchant ships will need to consider technical and operational measures. Technical measures include coating hulls with low-friction paints, modifying ship hulls, installing energy saving devices (ESDs), redesigning propulsion or installing sails and solar panels.

Operational measures may required less capital expenditure, but more co-ordination with ship crews and charterers. They include improved voyage planning, considering JIT and route optimisation and optimising ship handling.

“This could include trim and draught optimisation and changing rudder use,” said Mr Dsouza.

More thorough ship maintenance could incorporate increased hull and propulsion inspections and cleaning during drydocking, timely maintenance of onboard machinery and equipment to reduce downtime and replacing lighting with low-energy light-emitting diodes.

Also needed is to “make crew aware they need to conserve fuel and energy,” said Mr Dsouza. “Avoid heat loss through more insulation, improve operations and discuss this with charterers, as they will decide the speed of each voyage.”

Acceptable CII rating measures, such as sensible ship speeds and port arrival times, should be incorporated in charterparties.

“Most savings will be from slow steaming, forcing some vessels to reduce power and steaming capabilities to comply with CII from 2023 onwards,” said Mr Dsouza. “There is no one-size-fits-all.”

For all parties, it is important to closely monitor vessels’ CII ratings. Ship masters, operators and owners can use software dashboards to estimate and monitor CII ratings during a voyage. “Close monitoring is the key for each and every voyage,” said Mr Dsouza. “Shipowners can improve CII ratings by optimising operations and looking into new technology, but this is a stop-gap, a temporary measure. The future will be low-carbon fuels.”

Air lubrication

Mr Connolly emphasised the importance of air lubrication on ship hulls to improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and upgrade a CII rating. “Frictional resistance at a design speed of 19 knots represents 65% of total resistance,” he said. “The flat-of-bottom of a ship represents typically 40-45% of the wetted surface area, representing 26-30% of total resistance and fuel consumed at constant speeds.”

If around 80% of the flat-of-bottom is lubricated, gross savings delivered should be 10-12%, with net savings typically 6-9%, after discounting compressor power for generating the air lubricant. This is based on analysis of air lubrication on LNG carrier Methane Patricia Camila operating on a ballast voyage.

“This will enable a ship to go up one band, or remain in the current CII band for longer,” said Mr Connolly. It would allow an LNG carrier to remain C-rated for nearly four more years.

He thinks independent validation is important for technologies improving CII ratings. Silverstream Technologies has secured third-party verification of air lubrication performance from class societies Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas, ABS, DNV and RINA from hydrodynamic testing and pilot projects with owners and operators such as Shell, Grimaldi Group, Carnival Group and Norwegian Cruise Line.

It has also appointed third-party specialists for operational performance monitoring, including BMT Smart, Wärtsilä’s Eniram and Southampton University.

“Air lubrication will reduce friction far more than coatings and we are offering the technology across the board for tankers, gas carriers, bulk carriers, cruise ships, etc,” said Mr Connolly.

“We are moving into a world of more expensive fuels, so it makes more sense to invest in reducing fuel consumption.”

Small shipowner requirements

Mr Gil said major shipping groups have the financial backing to invest in reducing emissions from their fleets, but smaller shipowners do not have that capacity. “Shipowners need to seek compliance at minimal risk and investments,” he said. “CII is a journey and we still do not know how CII will unfold.”

CII is IMO’s strategy from 2023 to 2040, with the global maritime organisation set to consider changes to CII after 2026 at the next MEPC meeting this year. Shipowners will need to keep a close eye on these decisions.

“Every shipowner needs to build resilience and a strategy for compliance, improvements and investment.”

Mr Gil said owners have time to consider their future strategies as they could meet ratings requirements in the short term through operational measures, such as voyage optimisation and slow steaming.

“Shipowners have three years to decide on their financial plans and should learn from past behaviour of their ships, then look at where to invest their money,” he said.

“Slow steaming is effective, but it is not a magic wand, and it comes with its flaws.”

It reduces capacity on trades, from dry bulk and containers to oil and gas maritime transport. “If all ships slow, there will be less capacity in market,” said Mr Gill.

More ships will then be needed for global transport, resulting in higher emissions from the whole shipping industry.

Poll results

Attendees were asked to vote on a series of poll questions during the webinar. Here is a summary of the results.

Which of the following offers the greatest potential for vessel efficiency optimisation?

Hull air lubrication: 14%

Rotor sails: 3%

Hull coatings: 10%

Gate rudders: 1%

Waste heat recovery systems: 7%

Propeller/propulsive flow improvement devices: 11%

Hybrid and/or fuel cell technology adoption: 17%

Slow steaming: 37%

What additional work needs to be the number one priority of energy saving device (ESD) providers to enable owners to make informed technology selections?

Available sea trial data in public domain: 24%

Increased customer advocacy and feedback: 6%

Industrywide standard for testing and verifying ESD performance: 40%

More regulatory pressure: 7%

More financial support for early adopters: 23%

Is your organisation actively considering ESDs as a solution to support CII or efficiency regulations compliance?

Yes, actively considering it: 51%

Interested, but no plans at the moment: 37%

No, not considering it: 12%

Is the shipping industry currently fulfilling its role in mitigating the effects of global climate change?

Yes: 48%

No: 52%

When do you foresee mid- and small-sized shipowners taking serious action on CII?

2023: 8%

2024: 42%

2025: 34%

2026: 16%

Given the uncertainties on environmental fuels (eFuels), and the flaws of CII, do you think playing a wait and see strategy can work for smaller shipowners?

Strongly agree: 13%

Agree: 51%

Neutral: 5%

Disagree: 24%

Strongly disagree: 7%

What do you think is the solution for decarbonisation of the maritime industry?

Slow steaming: 16%

LNG: 8%

eFuels: 57%

Nuclear propulsion: 19%

Source: Riviera Maritime Media

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LED Lighting Market Revenue to Cross $117 Billion by 2028 – Premium Report by The Insight Partners

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LG Electronics reports earnings shock as investments sour

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LG Electronics' organic light-emitting diode(OLED) displays are installed during the CES 2023.

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LG Electronics reported a net loss of 212.4 billion won ($172 million) in the final quarter of last year amid plunging demand for electronic devices — especially TVs — and rising costs.  
 
The loss is a dramatic swing from the 21.3 billion won net profit in the year-earlier period and was the result of equity accounting losses related to the fall in stock prices of companies in which it is invested and the lower profitability of its own businesses.  
 
The company’s operating profit slid 90.7 percent to 69.3 billion won during the September-to-December period. Quarterly sales inched up 3.2 percent to 21.9 trillion won.  
 
Full year, net profit rose 31.7 percent to 1.9 trillion won, while operating profit fell 12.5 percent to 4.1 trillion won. Sales hit a record high of 83.5 trillion won last year, up 12.9 percent over a year ago.  
 
The television business was particularly weak during the quarter, squeezed by lower sales and lower prices of liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions.
 
The Home Entertainment division, which deals in TVs, reported annual sales of 15.7 trillion won and 5.4 billion won in operating profit last year. Sales are down 8.7 percent, and operating profit fell 99.5 percent.
 
To solidify its profit, the appliance maker will continue its focus on premium TV lines based on organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels.  
 
Its Home Appliance & Air Solution, which covers virtually all appliances except for TVs, posted 29.9 trillion won in sales and 1.1 trillion won in operating profit. Sales are up 10.3 percent, and operating profit fell 48.9 percent.
 
The Vehicle Solutions division for automotive parts recorded 8.6 trillion won of sales and 169.6 billion won in operating profit. The profit marks the first full-year profit since 2015 for the relatively young business division.  
 
Since the market conditions will likely remain uncertain through 2023 due to weakening consumer sentiment, LG Electronics will focus on reducing costs across the board.  
 
The company said in a conference call that it has successfully negotiated lower logistics fees with shipping companies, which will allow for “significant cost-saving.”
 
The savings will start to be reflected in the first quarter.  
 
As for concerns about rising inventory levels, the company said that its current inventory level “has returned to normal.”
 
It estimated next year’s capital expenditure to come in the mid-2-trillion-won range, which is in line with last year’s spending.  

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LG Display reports record loss in Q4 on weak demand

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LG Display reported a worse-than-expected quarterly loss Friday, after being hit by weak demand for its panel products and falling prices.
 
The panel maker posted a net loss of 2.09 trillion won for the October-December period, swinging from a profit of 179.5 billion won a year earlier. Sales fell 17.1 percent to 7.3 trillion won.
 
The company reported operating loss of 875.7 billion won ($709.3 million) for the fourth quarter, compared with profit of 476.4 billion won a year ago, as high inflation and rate hikes continued to sap consumers’ appetite for tech gadgets.
 
The operating loss was 11.8 percent higher than the average estimate, according to a survey by Yonhap Infomax, the financial data firm of Yonhap News Agency.
 
LG Display went into a deficit in the second quarter for the first time in two years as a pandemic-driven boom in IT devices ended amid rising costs and interest rates.
 
Demand has been falling rapidly over the past several months for liquid-crystal display (LCD) and premium organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels. Poor macroeconomic conditions have also caused enterprise demand to slow.
 
According to research firm Canalys, global shipments of desktops and notebooks fell 16 percent on-year to 285.1 million units last year. Smartphone shipments also declined by 11 percent to fewer than 1.2 billion last year
 
The research firm predicted the challenging environment for the PC industry will continue until the second half of the year, and flat to marginal growth for the smartphone market this year.
 
For the entirety of 2022, LG Display reported a net loss of 3.19 trillion won, swinging from a profit of 1.33 trillion won a year earlier.
 
Its operating loss hit a record low of 2.08 trillion won for the year, compared with profit of 2.23 trillion won a year ago. Annual revenue fell 12.5 percent to 26.15 trillion won.
 
LG Display said a decline in demand for TV sets and panels, coupled with all-time low LCD panel prices, significantly impacted the company’s overall performance.
 
Panels for TVs accounted for 25 percent of the revenue in the fourth quarter, while panels for IT devices, including monitors, laptops and tablets, accounted for 34 percent, and those for mobile devices and the others accounted for 34 percent. Automotive panels took up 7 percent.
 
The company said it will cut its investment budget to establish a sound financial structure, and plans to expand its high-value made-to-order businesses amid high macroeconomic uncertainty and sluggish demand.
 
The panel maker has accelerated its push into the automotive panel industry, a sector considered to be a future growth engine.
 
During CES 2023 in Las Vegas earlier this month, it set up a booth specialized in cutting-edge automotive panels for the first time at the world’s biggest tech show, where it showcased a self-driving concept car.
 
The company said there was huge growth potential in the global automotive panel business, as demand has risen sharply in recent years due to the popularity of electric vehicles, and better connectivity and electronics in vehicles.
 
The automotive display market is forecast to grow 8.7 percent annually to reach $10.5 billion in 2025, according to research firm Omdia.

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Great West Life Assurance Co. Can Purchases New Position in Universal Display Co. (NASDAQ:OLED)

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Great West Life Assurance Co. Can purchased a new stake in shares of Universal Display Co. (NASDAQ:OLEDGet Rating) in the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor purchased 31,518 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,973,000. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can owned about 0.07% of Universal Display at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Sigma Planning Corp lifted its stake in shares of Universal Display by 9.1% in the 2nd quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 8,185 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $828,000 after purchasing an additional 686 shares during the last quarter. Banco Santander S.A. bought a new stake in shares of Universal Display in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $491,000. Trexquant Investment LP raised its holdings in shares of Universal Display by 716.2% in the second quarter. Trexquant Investment LP now owns 13,476 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $1,363,000 after buying an additional 11,825 shares during the period. Comerica Bank raised its holdings in shares of Universal Display by 0.8% in the second quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 21,363 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $2,423,000 after buying an additional 167 shares during the period. Finally, Endurance Wealth Management Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Universal Display by 1.7% in the third quarter. Endurance Wealth Management Inc. now owns 134,671 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $12,707,000 after buying an additional 2,263 shares during the period. 73.43% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Universal Display Trading Up 0.4 %

Shares of NASDAQ:OLED opened at $131.42 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $6.21 billion, a PE ratio of 32.86, a P/E/G ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 1.40. Universal Display Co. has a 12-month low of $89.41 and a 12-month high of $176.41. The business’s fifty day simple moving average is $114.83 and its 200-day simple moving average is $109.69.

Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLEDGet Rating) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 3rd. The semiconductor company reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.90 by $0.22. The firm had revenue of $160.56 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $144.79 million. Universal Display had a return on equity of 16.56% and a net margin of 32.13%. Research analysts predict that Universal Display Co. will post 3.99 EPS for the current year.

Universal Display Announces Dividend

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 30th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 16th were given a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 15th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.91%. Universal Display’s payout ratio is 30.00%.

Analyst Ratings Changes

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on OLED shares. Susquehanna upgraded Universal Display from a “negative” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $82.00 to $135.00 in a report on Thursday, January 19th. Oppenheimer reduced their price objective on Universal Display from $150.00 to $135.00 in a report on Friday, November 4th. Needham & Company LLC reduced their price objective on Universal Display from $140.00 to $128.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 4th. StockNews.com initiated coverage on Universal Display in a report on Wednesday, October 12th. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Finally, The Goldman Sachs Group reduced their price objective on Universal Display from $185.00 to $158.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 4th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. According to MarketBeat.com, Universal Display presently has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and an average target price of $139.10.

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Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund Trims Stock Holdings in Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KLIC)

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Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund decreased its holdings in Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KLICGet Rating) by 3.9% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 19,524 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock after selling 784 shares during the period. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund’s holdings in Kulicke and Soffa Industries were worth $752,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of KLIC. Pinebridge Investments L.P. increased its stake in shares of Kulicke and Soffa Industries by 513.0% in the second quarter. Pinebridge Investments L.P. now owns 613 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock worth $26,000 after purchasing an additional 513 shares in the last quarter. Ellevest Inc. grew its stake in Kulicke and Soffa Industries by 1,348.8% during the second quarter. Ellevest Inc. now owns 1,217 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $52,000 after acquiring an additional 1,133 shares in the last quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp purchased a new position in Kulicke and Soffa Industries during the second quarter valued at approximately $75,000. Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. purchased a new position in Kulicke and Soffa Industries during the third quarter valued at approximately $87,000. Finally, First Horizon Advisors Inc. grew its stake in Kulicke and Soffa Industries by 914.4% during the second quarter. First Horizon Advisors Inc. now owns 2,049 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $88,000 after acquiring an additional 1,847 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.95% of the company’s stock.

Insider Transactions at Kulicke and Soffa Industries

In other news, EVP Chan Pin Chong sold 800 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.60, for a total value of $38,080.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 103,851 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,943,307.60. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. In related news, CEO Fusen Ernie Chen sold 24,559 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.48, for a total transaction of $1,166,061.32. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 975,097 shares in the company, valued at approximately $46,297,605.56. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Chan Pin Chong sold 800 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.60, for a total transaction of $38,080.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 103,851 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,943,307.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 71,749 shares of company stock worth $3,346,757. 3.10% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries Price Performance

KLIC stock opened at $52.59 on Thursday. Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. has a one year low of $35.95 and a one year high of $62.16. The stock has a market cap of $2.99 billion, a PE ratio of 7.45 and a beta of 1.33. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of $47.35 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $44.84.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries (NASDAQ:KLICGet Rating) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 16th. The semiconductor company reported $1.19 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.91 by $0.28. Kulicke and Soffa Industries had a net margin of 28.83% and a return on equity of 38.40%. The business had revenue of $286.31 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $280.00 million. On average, research analysts expect that Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. will post 1.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Kulicke and Soffa Industries Increases Dividend

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 9th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 22nd were issued a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.45%. This is a positive change from Kulicke and Soffa Industries’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, December 21st. Kulicke and Soffa Industries’s payout ratio is presently 10.76%.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

KLIC has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. DA Davidson boosted their price objective on shares of Kulicke and Soffa Industries from $55.00 to $60.00 in a research note on Friday, November 18th. B. Riley reduced their price objective on shares of Kulicke and Soffa Industries from $50.00 to $45.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 4th. Finally, StockNews.com initiated coverage on shares of Kulicke and Soffa Industries in a research note on Wednesday, October 12th. They set a “hold” rating for the company.

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Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of capital equipment and tools used to assemble semiconductor devices, including integrated circuits (“ICs“), high and low powered discrete devices, light-emitting diodes (“LEDs“), and power modules. The firm operates through the Capital Equipment, and Aftermarket Products and Services (APS) segments.

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Qualcomm creates in-display fingerprint sensor 3D Sonic Max

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Semiconductor company Qualcomm has launched the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max, what it calls “the world’s largest ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor for smartphones.”

Using sound waves to read fingers, the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max transmits an ultrasonic pulse against the fingers. The 3D pulse reflection creates a detailed 600mm2 reproduction of the scanned fingerprints.

According to Qualcomm, the 3D Sonic Sensor 17x bigger than its predecessor and enables new advanced features and experiences including the ability to read two fingerprints simultaneously and to register one’s fingerprint with a single tap.

Last December, communications equipment company Vivo announced two devices powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform and feature 3D Sonic Max — the X90 Pro+ and the iQOO 11 Pro.

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The Vivo X90 Pro+ comes with a 6.78-inch, 120Hz active-matrix organic light-emitting diode display capable of displaying HDR10+ videos packed with over a billion shades of colour. It leverages the ISP in Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, touting a huge 1-inch 50-megapixel (MP) main camera sensor and another 50-MP sensor with twice zoom.

The iQOO 11 Pro sports a 6.78-inch, 2K, 144Hz display capable of HDR10+. It has three rear cameras — wide, ultrawide, and telephoto (50 MP + 50 MP + 13 MP) — is capable of 8K video and equipped with a 16 MP front camera. It packs a 4700mAh battery featuring 120-watt wired fast charging, allowing it to reach 100% charge in just 25 minutes.

The Vivo X90 Pro+ is currently only available in China. Prices of the X90 Pro+ start from CNY6,499 (US$935). The iQOO 11 Pro was released last 21 December 2022 with prices starting at CNY6,249 (US$899).

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LG Display flags turnaround in H2 after record loss in Q4

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  • Co expects losses to continue but lessen in H1
  • To cut costs, manage inventory until demand recovers in H2
  • 2023 capex 3 trln won vs 5.2 trln won in 2022

SEOUL, Jan 27 (Reuters) – South Korean display panel maker LG Display (034220.KS) said it planned to cut costs in the first half of this year after posting a record quarterly loss, as global demand for smartphones, computers and televisions remains depressed.

The Apple Inc (AAPL.O) supplier flagged a turnaround in the second half, pledging cost-cutting and inventory management until demand for its screens recovers later in the year.

With the economic outlook uncertain, purchases of screens fell short of sales of tech devices as clients used up their inventories in the December quarter, a trend which is expected to continue in the first half, LG Display said.

“We engaged in intense production adjustment in the fourth quarter,” Kim Sung-hyun, CFO of LG Display said in an earnings call. “We expect to reduce costs by about 1 trillion won in the first quarter by reducing inventory and other activities.”

To cut costs, the company stopped production of competition-heavy liquid-crystal display (LCD) TV panels in South Korea by end-2022 and reduced LCD TV panel production in China to 50% of capacity this month. It is also adjusting factory utilisation rates for its flagship OLED panels for TVs.

It flagged investments of only about 3 trillion won this year, compared to 5.2 trillion won in 2022, and said it will conservatively maintain existing production.

Shares in LG Display reversed early losses, jumping 4.1% in afternoon trade versus a 1% rise in the wider market (.KS11).

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LG Display said it plans to boost its made-to-order business to increase stability in the face of uncertain market conditions, from 30% of sales currently to 50% of sales by 2024, including a client-ordered new smartphone panel production scheduled to be mass-produced starting second half of this year.

LG Display posted a 876 billion won ($711 million) operating loss for the October-December quarter, compared with a profit of 476 billion won in the same period a year earlier.

It missed an average forecast of a 797 billion won loss from 10 analysts polled by Refinitiv SmartEstimate, weighted toward analysts that are more consistently accurate.

A continuous decline in mid-sized panel prices and efforts to control inventory and reduce factory operations caused the loss, LG Display said.

Revenue fell 17% to 7.3 trillion won.

The company accounted for its large-sized OLED panel business as a separate unit during fourth quarter, which was reflected as an 1.3 trillion won asset loss, leading to a quarterly net loss of 2.1 trillion won.

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LG Display posts record loss in Q4 due to weak demand

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SEOUL, Jan 27 (Reuters) – South Korean display panel maker LG Display (034220.KS) on Friday posted a record operating loss in the December quarter, as global demand for smartphones, computers and televisions remains depressed amid an uncertain economic outlook.

The Apple Inc (AAPL.O) supplier posted a 876 billion won ($711.13 million) operating loss for the October-December quarter, compared with a profit of 476 billion won in the same period a year earlier.

It missed an average forecast of a 797 billion won loss from 10 analysts polled by Refinitiv SmartEstimate, which is weighted toward analysts that are more consistently accurate.

The loss was due to a continuous decline in mid-sized panel prices and a “high-intensity” effort to control inventory and reduce factory operations, LG Display said in a statement.

Sluggish demand from large European clients for higher-margin large organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV panels, as well as laptop and monitor manufacturers further weighed, analysts said.

Revenue fell 17% to 7.3 trillion won, LG Display said.

Analysts forecast continued operating losses for the display maker in the current quarter, as consumers cut back spending and businesses slash jobs to ride out harder times.

In order to weather the downturn, LG Display said last month it is stopping production of liquid-crystal display (LCD) TV panels in South Korea.

The display maker has offered voluntary leave of absence for a small number of domestic office workers as well as some production personnel.

Analysts said the company is also reducing LCD panel production in China, and adjusting factory utilisation rates for its flagship OLED panels for TVs.

LG Display said it plans to boost its made-to-order business to increase stability in the face of uncertain market conditions, from 30% of sales currently to 50% of sales by 2024.

The company accounted for its large-sized OLED panel business as a separate unit during fourth quarter, which was reflected as an 1.3 trillion won asset loss, leading to a quarterly net loss of 2.1 trillion won.

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Researchers demo new type of carbon nanotube yarn that harvests mechanical energy

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Researchers demo new type of carbon nanotube yarn that harvests mechanical energy
Fabrication of a three-ply twisted yarn harvester involves cone spinning a CNT sheet, twist insertion to form a single twisted yarn whose strength and modulus are increased by dynamic stretch, and plying three twisted yarns. From left to right, for yarns having a yarn twist of 28 turns per cm and a plying twist density of four and 16 turns per cm, respectively, SEM images of slightly plied yarn, fully plied yarn (with and without colors to identify individual plies) and a self-coiled harvester are shown. Scale bars, 100 µm. Credit: Nature Energy (2023). DOI: 10.1038/s41560-022-01191-7

Nanotechnology researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have made novel carbon nanotube yarns that convert mechanical movement into electricity more effectively than other material-based energy harvesters.

In a study published Jan. 26 in Nature Energy, UT Dallas researchers and their collaborators describe improvements to high-tech yarns they invented called “twistrons,” which generate electricity when stretched or twisted. Their new version is constructed much like traditional wool or cotton yarns.

Twistrons sewn into textiles can sense and harvest human motion; when deployed in salt water, twistrons can harvest energy from the movement of ocean waves; and twistrons can even charge supercapacitors.

First described by UTD researchers in a study published in 2017 in the journal Science, twistrons are constructed from carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which are hollow cylinders of carbon 10,000 times smaller in diameter than a human hair. To make twistrons, the nanotubes are twist-spun into high-strength, lightweight fibers, or yarns, into which electrolytes can also be incorporated.

Previous versions of twistrons were highly elastic, which the researchers accomplished by introducing so much twist that the yarns coil like an overtwisted rubber band. Electricity is generated by the coiled yarns by repeatedly stretching and releasing them, or by twisting and untwisting them.

In the new study, the research team did not twist the fibers to the point of coiling. Instead, they intertwined three individual strands of spun fibers to make a single yarn, similar to the way conventional yarns used in textiles are constructed—but with a different twist.

“Plied yarns used in textiles typically are made with individual strands that are twisted in one direction and then are plied together in the opposite direction to make the final yarn. This heterochiral construction provides stability against untwisting,” said Dr. Ray Baughman, director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute at UT Dallas and the corresponding author of the study.

“In contrast, our highest-performance carbon-nanotube-plied twistrons have the same-handedness of twist and plying—they are homochiral rather than heterochiral,” said Baughman, the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

In experiments with the plied CNT yarns, the researchers demonstrated an energy conversion efficiency of 17.4% for tensile (stretching) energy harvesting and 22.4% for torsional (twisting) energy harvesting. Previous versions of their coiled twistrons reached a peak energy conversion efficiency of 7.6% for both tensile and torsional energy harvesting.

“These twistrons have a higher power output per harvester weight over a wide frequency range—between 2 Hz and 120 Hz—than previously reported for any non-twistron, material-based mechanical energy harvester,” Baughman said.

Baughman said the improved performance of the plied twistrons results from the lateral compression of the yarn upon stretching or twisting. This process brings the plies in contact with one another in a way that affects the electrical properties of the yarn.

“Our materials do something very unusual,” Baughman said. “When you stretch them, instead of becoming less dense, they become more dense. This densification pushes the carbon nanotubes closer together and contributes to their energy-harvesting ability. We have a large team of theorists and experimentalists trying to understand more completely why we get such good results.”

The researchers found that constructing the from three plies provided the optimal performance.

The team conducted several proof-of-concept experiments using three-ply twistrons. In one demonstration they simulated the generation of electricity from by attaching a three-ply twistron between a balloon and the bottom of an aquarium filled with salt water. They also arranged multiple plied twistrons in an array weighing only 3.2 milligrams and repeatedly stretched them to charge a supercapacitor, which then had enough to power five small light-emitting diodes, a digital watch and a digital humidity/temperature sensor.

The team also sewed the CNT yarns into a cotton fabric patch that was then wrapped around a person’s elbow. Electrical signals were generated as the person repeatedly bent their elbow, demonstrating the potential use of the fibers for sensing and harvesting human motion.

The researchers have applied for a patent based on the technology.

More information:
Ray Baughman, Mechanical energy harvesters with tensile efficiency of 17.4% and torsional efficiency of 22.4% based on homochirally plied carbon nanotube yarns, Nature Energy (2023). DOI: 10.1038/s41560-022-01191-7. www.nature.com/articles/s41560-022-01191-7

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IBM, 3M and hospitals join job cutting drive in US

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International Business Machines announced Wednesday it would eliminate 3,900 positions, or 1.5 percent of its global workforce, joining the growing list of corporations announcing major job cuts. According to the website layoffs.fyi, some 200 companies in the tech sector alone have announced 59,448 job cuts since the beginning of 2023.

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In this March 18, 2019, file photo, the logo for IBM appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. IBM announced it’s laying off nearly 4,000 workers. [AP Photo/Richard Drew, File]

The announcement by the 110-year-old multinational, nicknamed “Big Blue,” came after a sharp fall in the company’s share price Wednesday despite having reported a net income of $3.3 billion for 2022, beating Wall Street expectations. Chief Financial Officer James Kavanaugh said the company, which reduced its global workforce by 22,000 between December 2021 and December 2022, would restrict hiring to “higher-growth areas.”

The new cuts focus on those workers who remain on the IBM payroll after the spinoff of the company’s Kyndryl technology infrastructure and Watson Health units. The latter unit used artificial intelligence to streamline decisions on medical treatments and established lucrative partnerships with leading cancer institutions, including Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Cleveland Clinic. The ventures failed, however, and in 2022 IBM sold off Watson Health, which was described in a 2016 Fortune article as a “cautionary tale of hubris and hype.”

The IBM job cuts followed the announcement by Minnesota-based 3M that it was cutting 2,500 manufacturing jobs worldwide in response to a sharp decline in demand for its products. CEO Mike Roman called it a “necessary decision to align with adjusted production volumes” following a “slower-than-expected” end to the year and a bleak outlook for 2023, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

As a result of the abandonment of any mitigation measures against the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the company’s sales of disposable respirators are expected to fall to pre-pandemic levels this year, with an estimated loss of half a billion dollars in revenue.

Roman said other factors had pushed down sales, including “the company’s exit from Russia, the slow rebound from China’s COVID-19 lockdown; ‘aggressive’ inventory reductions by retailers; strained hospital budgets and health care labor shortages; and weak demand from industrial customers,” the Star-Tribune reported.

The company, which manufactures components for consumer electronics, has also been hit by the fall in demand for smartphones, TVs and tablets, and a continued shift from liquid crystal display (LCD) to organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens.

The tech sector, which eliminated 153,000 jobs in 2022, is still spearheading the jobs massacre in the new year. In addition to previously announced job cuts by Amazon (18,000), Google parent Alphabet (12,000), Facebook parent Meta (11,000), Microsoft (10,000), Salesforce (7,000) and Cloud Software Group (2,000), music streaming company Spotify announced Monday that it would cut 6 percent of its global workforce this year, leading to approximately 600 layoffs.

The long-standing speculative bubble that drove share values of Big Tech—and the personal fortunes of their billionaire owners—to astronomical levels, largely ended last year as the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates in a deliberate effort to drive up unemployment and beat back the demands of workers for pay raises needed to keep up with inflation.

In an unusually blunt article, Market Watch wrote that the mass layoffs have fundamentally transformed relations between corporate management and workers in the tech industry. “It is an employer’s market after years of employees having the benefit of working from home [and] more jobs with higher pay and perks,” laid off tech worker Angela Bateman told Market Watch. “Employers are reasserting their dominance—Disney, Google, Meta, Apple, Snap [are] asking workers to be on site three or four days a week.”

“The Great Resignation, in which tech workers jumped from one high-paying job to another, has turned into the Great Recommitment,” Market Watch continued, quoting a comment by the former CEO of Cisco Systems, John Chambers. Eric Schiffer, CEO of private equity firm Patriarch, said tech companies are involved in the “Muskification” of work staffs and “rethinking human-capital deployment,” referring to Elon Musk’s job-cutting spree since buying Twitter in October. “We are in a cycle of contraction after years of overstaffing,” Schiffer said, adding, “There is a lot more pain to come.”

The Fed’s policy of driving the US economy into a recession to fight workers’ wage demands is spreading to every sector of the working class. After announcing the indefinite layoff of 1,350 workers at its Belvidere, Illinois, assembly plant, carmaker Stellantis is moving ahead with further job cuts.

“Stellantis is indefinitely laying off close to 100 employees from their Dundee (Michigan) engine plant in the next couple months,” a worker informed the World Socialist Web Site this week. “They brought a new plant manager in and instead of sticking with the plan to temporarily lay off employees until their new line is running in 2024, they’re opting to indefinitely lay off up to 100 full-time employees and terminate 45 supplemental employees. I’m an employee at the Dundee engine plant and most likely one of the employees soon to be let go. With the Belvidere layoffs, most of these people will likely be out of a job permanently.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that “Employers are shedding temporary workers at a fast rate, a sign that broader job losses could be on the horizon.” In the last five months of 2022, the newspaper reported, “employers cut 110,800 temp workers, including 35,000 in December, the largest monthly drop since early 2021. Many economists view the sector as an early indicator of future labor market shifts.

“Temporary employment declined before some recent recessions and during economic slowdowns. Temporary workers, typically employed through staffing agencies, are easy for companies to bring on board—and let go.”

Particularly devastating is a new wave of layoffs in the health care industry, which will only worsen the conditions for nurses and other health care workers who have long faced dangerous levels of understaffing and now confront rising COVID-19 infections joined by other respiratory diseases.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is laying off 337 employees “to reduce costs amid widespread hospital financial challenges,” according to a US Department of Labor filing cited by the website Becker’s Hospital Review. The layoffs are spread across 14 sites in New York City and “span multiple departments and levels,” a spokesperson for the prominent cancer treatment center in New York City told Becker’s. Workers were informed of their termination on January 17, according to the filing.

Boston-based Tufts Medicine is cutting 240 positions as part of a plan to save $22 million annually through workforce reductions, according to the Boston Globe. “Like many health systems in the Commonwealth and across the country, Tufts Medicine has experienced significant financial challenges due to post pandemic capacity constraints, reliance on higher cost contract labor, especially in nursing, and delays in discharging patients for post-acute care,” said a statement from Tufts to Becker’s. “While we have diligently implemented cost-controlling measures across the system, we must now make the incredibly difficult decision to reduce our workforce,” the hospital continued.

Becker’s also reported recently announced job cuts at: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland (978); Chillicothe, Ohio-based Adena Health System (69); Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida (68); Visalia, California-based Kaweah Health (94); Oklahoma City-based Integris Health (200); Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica (262); Las Vegas-based Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center (970); Pikeville Medical Center in Kentucky (112); Southern Illinois Healthcare (76); Traverse City, Michigan-based Munson Health (31); West Reading, Pennsylvania-based Tower Health (52); Fayetteville, North Carolina-based Cape Fear Valley Health (200); Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Sanford Health (undisclosed), Cleveland-based University Hospitals (443); Ascension St. Vincent Dunn in Bedford, Indiana (133).

Such cuts only demonstrate the incompatibility of social needs with the capitalist profit system. The continuing jobs massacre, along with the continued impact of inflation, is driving millions of workers the world over into struggle. The fight to defend jobs and living standards requires the building of rank-and-file committees in the hospitals, factories and other workplaces, which must be connected to the fight for the socialist reorganization of the economy based on human need, not profit.

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Researchers Create First-Of-Its-Kind Class Of Remote Controlled Hybrid ‘eBiobots’

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e-Biobots created by scientists are first-of-its-kind. (Image courtesy: Yongdeok Kim)

e-Biobots created by scientists are first-of-its-kind. (Image courtesy: Yongdeok Kim)

Researchers have combined living cellular components with three-dimensional scaffolds, to create what they call eBiobots.

Bioengineering is taking technology to the next level. Biobots that were once developed by scientists at the University of Illinois, as less than a centimetre long, have developed much more as its latest version has rolled in. Combining living cellular components with three-dimensional scaffolds, researchers from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have created what they are calling eBiobots. These first-of-its-kind creations can generate motion and can be used to develop a new generation of miniature robots. The research was published in Science Robotics titled, “Remote control of muscle-driven miniature robots with battery-free wireless optoelectronics.”

The researchers have also shared a video of these eBiobots, explaining the creation of this technological marvel. You can also see it in action here:

According to New Atlas, instead of legs, this version has two hydrogel or muscle-tissue actuators. Each is equipped with a microLED. The actuators have an electronics module which also has a receiver coil. When a radio signal is applied externally, the coil powers up the LEDs, causing them to pulse. Due to this the muscle tissue repeatedly contracts, shuffling the actuator forward.

Professor Rashid Bashir, who led the study stated that merging microelectronics this way also merges the two distinct worlds of biology and electronics. Since both have advantages of their own, these electronic biobots will be useful for a myriad of applications. Professor Bashir said, “Integrating microelectronics allows the merger of the biological world and the electronics world, both with many advantages of their own, to now produce these electronic biobots and machines that could be useful for many medical, sensing, and environmental applications in the future.” The research was led by Professor John A. Rogers from Northwestern University.

The research published in the Science Robotics journal stated that “integrating on-board electronics and remote control in these biological machines will enable various applications across engineering, biology, and medicine.” These hybrid bioelectronic robots are equipped with battery-free and micro-inorganic light-emitting diodes. With the help of it, these can gain wireless control and real-time communication.

The research also stated, “Centimeter-scale walking robots were computationally designed and optimized to host onboard optoelectronics with independent stimulation of multiple optogenetic skeletal muscles, achieving remote command of walking, turning, plowing, and transport functions both at individual and collective levels.”

With the development of this latest version of eBiobots, a new path has been opened toward a class of biohybrid machines. This technological advancement will be able to combine biological actuation and sensing with onboard computing.

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Will Gel Manicures Really Give Me UV Damage?

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I assume you’re nervous because you’ve read recent headlines like “Getting Your Nails Done Frequently Could Damage the DNA in Your Hands” and “Gel Nail Polish Lamps Linked to DNA Damage and Cancer-Causing Cell Mutations.” As often happens when it comes to beauty, these headlines are both alarming and vague.

Here’s what’s going on: In a recent study, researchers at the University of California, San Diego placed human and mouse cells in culture dishes under UV nail-polish dryers for 20 minutes at a time, and they discovered that the dryers caused cell deaths and the types of mutations that have been shown to lead to cancer. Because the experiments weren’t done on humans or following subjects over a long period, they don’t prove that using UV nail dryers (or wearing gel polish) causes or increases your risk of getting cancer. But the results aren’t good — and, frankly, not that surprising. “We know that UV radiation is a known and proven risk for skin cancer,” says board-certified dermatologist Dana Stern, a member of the Council for Nail Disorders and founder of Dr. Dana Nails.

Chris G. Adigun, a board-certified dermatologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who specializes in nail health, said she wouldn’t be surprised if researchers eventually found that UV nail dryers increase our risk of skin cancer. “Long before we could say it was proven that tanning beds can cause skin cancers, we already knew that was true from in vitro studies.”

The expert consensus: UV light is damaging. But UV nail-polish dryers aren’t the only source of UV light at the salon. Some air dryers for regular polish have UV lights, and gel-curing lamps that only have LEDs can also be harmful. “LED is a type of bulb (a light-emitting diode) that has UV output,” says celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec, founder of Julie K Nail Artelier. In fact, “any type of polish that has to be cured to harden or dry requires UV light,” says Adigun, so you should assume that you are being exposed to UV radiation every time you put your bare hands and fingers under a light at the nail salon and protect yourself accordingly.

But how do you protect yourself while getting a manicure? Adigun suggests manicure gloves made with UPF-rated fabric. (UPF means the fabric has been tested to protect against UV radiation.) ManiGlovz makes great, inexpensive options. And if you have long fingers, you might want to try these gloves from Solbari, which come in multiple sizes and have slightly longer fingers for more fabric coverage.

But why not just apply sunscreen? After I read the study, I had that same thought. But Adigun did not agree with my conclusion. “As a physician, if I told you, ‘Oh, just wear sunscreen if you get gel manicures and you’ll be okay,’ I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night,” she says. “Sunscreens are tested with sunlight. This is not sunlight — it’s more intense.”

Stern suggests wearing protective manicure gloves and applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure to the light. I know that seems excessive, but there’s no downside to protecting yourself. Besides, manicurists these days are used to it. “You won’t seem neurotic,” promises manicurist Mazz Hanna, founder of Mazz Hanna and owner of Nailing Hollywood. “We want our clients to be healthy.”

So if you want to keep getting UV-cured nail gels (I know I do), just take some precautions. And don’t expect to see limitations or bans on UV lights or gel manicures in nail salons anytime soon. In fact, that’s a change that some doctors don’t want. “Gel manicures are really great for my patients with disfiguring nail disorders like psoriasis, lichen planus, or lupus,” says Adigun. “It boosts their self-confidence and can even help them go back to work and feel better in their personal relationships.” I mean, same.

Wear these before you put your hands under any type of nail-salon light.

Jennifer G. Sullivan answers all of your beauty-related questions with practical advice and zero judgment. Send your questions to AskABeautyEditor@nymag.com. (By emailing, you agree to these terms.)


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Mancherial: Bellampalli reaps fruits of Pattana Pragathi

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The town is witnessing unprecedented growth in many aspects under the scheme, a first of its kind initiative aimed at transforming urban parts of Telangana.

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Mancherial: Bellampalli reaps fruits of Pattana Pragathi
The town is witnessing unprecedented growth in many aspects under the scheme, a first of its kind initiative aimed at transforming urban parts of Telangana.

Mancherial: Once a popular major coal belt town, Bellampalli is now reaping fruits of the innovative Pattana Pragathi scheme. The town is witnessing unprecedented growth in many aspects under the scheme, a first of its kind initiative aimed at transforming urban parts of Telangana.

For instance, a children’s park was created on a one acre plot at Pochamma Cheruvu under Pattana Pragathi at an estimated cost of Rs.48 lakh. The works commenced in 2019. Despite the Covid-19 induced lockdown, the works were executed at brisk pace. The facility was inaugurated by Forest Minister Allola Indrakaran Reddy, Government Whip Balka Suman and Bellampalli MLA Durgam Chinnaiah on December 5.

The park has now become a much-sought after destination for recreation to not only kids, but people from all walks of life in Bellampalli town. The park has life-size sculptures of many animals, birds, lawns, sand and a water fountain, sliders and other amenities to amuse visitors. It is visited by children, women and elderly persons in the mornings and evenings.

“The park is a new attraction to Bellampalli town. You can spend leisure time with kids. Statues of animals and birds are attracting the children. Environs are clean. Since it is located near the popular Pochamma Cheruvu, one can visit the bund and enjoy sighting of birds,” Masa Lingamurthy, a resident of the town told ‘Telangana Today.’

Meanwhile, another children’s park was recently developed, spending Rs.16 lakh, in Kannalabasti near the old bus stand of the town. Kids are making a beeline to this park. A sculpture of I Love Bellampalli was installed at MCC Park a few months back. Similarly, beautification of important junctions and creation of the central lighting system are being taken up to give a makeover to the town under the initiative.

Municipal chairperson Jakkula Swetha said steps were being taken to improve basic amenities and to give a facelift to the town in various aspects with the help of Pattana Pragathi. She stated that the town underwent a remarkable transformation in the past few years, thanks to the initiative.

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Espinoza: Install traffic lights in all intersections

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One of the busiest intersections I’ve encountered when I’m driving in Cebu City is the T-intersection at M. L. Quezon Ave., Mandaue City and Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Talamban, Cebu City because this intersection has no traffic lights. Despite the strict leadership of Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) chairman Rico Rey “Koko” Holganza, traffic enforcers are nowhere to be found during peak hours in the morning and early evening.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama is somehow on track in his war against traffic since under his leadership the CCTO is upgrading its traffic lights system in the city’s 45 intersections for a total cost of P480 million. The Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (Scats) that has been in service for 34 years will be replaced with the latest adaptive traffic system that is the most advanced technology in the world, according to the supplier Triune Electronics Systems Inc. Wow!

SunStar Cebu has reported that Phase 1 of Cebu City’s traffic lights upgrade has covered the 18 intersections on General Maxilom Avenue, Serging Osmeña Boulevard and Colon Street, among others, at a cost of P232 million, and it was completed in the last quarter of 2021. The Phase 2 will cover the 27 intersections (not yet identified) at the cost of P248 million. I wish CCTO Chairman Holganza would consider installing one of these latest adaptive traffic systems at the intersection of M. L. Quezon Avenue and Gov. Cuenco Avenue in Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City.

Installing traffic lights in all the intersections in Cebu City will reduce the manpower of CCTO, and this would mean savings for the City. Chairman Holganza then may start terminating the lazy traffic enforcers. I admire the diligent traffic enforcers who still man the traffic lights-less intersections even on rainy days.

According to the technical specifications, the traffic signal equipment is composed of a light-emitting diode or LED traffic signal, LED pedestrian signal, adaptive vehicle countdown timers, vehicle detectors and traffic controller, among others.

In a statement to SunStar Cebu, Timothy Ong of Triune Electronics said “Cebu City’s adaptive traffic system is the latest and most advanced technology that uses adaptive countdown timers, which can change its display value depending on the computation of the main computer box, within the Philippines and even first world countries abroad. It’s only Cebu City that has this kind of latest technology.”

We could only hope that this new adaptive traffic lights signal systems would last long and could facilitate and help educate the motorists on our traffic laws, rules and regulations. In the absence of a traffic lights system and traffic enforcer at the T-intersection on Gov. Cuenco Avenue and M. L. Quezon Avenue, the junction box markings on the pavement are useless since bikers and motorists stop right in the middle of the intersection.

Perhaps some motorists and bikers think that the box junction markings on the pavement at the intersection are only an adornment. They’re not. The markings on the pavement on the junction or intersection prohibit motorists and bikers from stopping on them to prevent obstruction. Motorists and bikers should stop or yield on the solid white pavement markings before the box junction.

A box junction is a road traffic control measure designed to prevent congestion and gridlock at junctions. The surface of the junction is typically marked with a yellow criss-cross grid of diagonal painted lines (or only two lines crossing each other in the box), and vehicles may not enter the area so marked unless their exit from the junction is clear, or they are intending to turn and are prevented from doing so by oncoming traffic, or other vehicles on the box waiting to turn, according to Wikipedia.

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Fogless Mirrors Market is Expected to Record a CAGR of 5.5% & Projected to reach US$ 737.67 million by 2033| Future Market Insights, Inc.

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