Scottish Parliament has had a Member’s debate on the need to reduce and end the commercial extraction of peat from historic peatlands for horticultural purposes a subject raised by Rob Gibson, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross. The debate framework “Peat Extraction for Horticulture”
echoes much of what Professor Hans K. Stenøien at NTNU University, Trondheim reports as he finds earth’s temperature balance may depend on just the peat bog. “No plant genus is more important as a carbon balance on Earth than peat mosses."
As Avago Technologies $37billion acquisition of Broadcom creates a new semiconductor powerhouse, according to IHS, Intel is believed to be close to takeover of FPGA chip maker Altera, for more than $15billion or about $54/share.
Thirteen corporations control 19-40% of the largest and most valuable fish stocks and 11-16 % of the global marine catch, according to new research from Stockholm University. These “keystone” global seafood industry corporations critically shape the future of marine ecosystems, but have not yet assumed their responsibility at the global scale.
Gaberlunzie crashing through the press releases and news in the effort to get an early afternoon off, could not resist the "Accounting Web" headline, its the query and its graphic! He has been driven to a quivering mass of frustration with HMRC, but he does want to add, very loudly, that when you do get the right people, they really are 100% in the know and helpful. He reckons it's the IT system that snarls it all up, not helped by the range of telephone numbers!! But if just left to people to sort out, it would be fine!!
If your Father’s Day was not a trip to the Jura Tastival, and could not take in Ardbeg Day, nil desperandum. For those in London, simply head to the Vinyl Factory tomorrow and raise your glasses to Perpetuum, along with Ardbeg Committee members becoming some of the first to taste the new limited edition – Perpetuum
CodeClan is looking for versatile and confident instructors, enthusiastic to shape the skills, habits, and outcomes of new entrants to the world of software development. It is recruiting for a spread of positions in the team; those able to lead a course from start to finish and motivate a cohort of 20 students through new, complex ideas; those who can support the delivery of the course with their own experience in software development. Based initially in Edinburgh, courses are on-site eight hours a day, five days a week, each course for 16 weeks.
Device Developers’ Conference annual event for the developers of intelligent systems and devices. The 2015 event will takes place in May and June, in Cambridge, Reading, Manchester and Uphall outside Edinburgh.This year Solid Stat Supplies offers its expertise for embedded systems development in control and communications both wireless and wired.
Governments across the world are creating innovation teams and labs to help them find new ways of tackling the challenges of the 21st century. Despite differences in focus, discipline and method, labs have at their core a shared belief in the capacity to prototype the future.
Volvo’s love story demonstrates the advantages of silent, electric buses and its short film “Route 55”
shows both a key moment in life – and how easily it can be lost. It promotes the ElectriCity Project, a collaboration in which industry, research and society develop and test new solutions for public transport.
A lithium-ion battery storing double the energy of existing batteries is closer to commercialisation, having signed up with home appliance manufacturer Dyson, that is both investing $15million in the 2007 startup Sakti3 and undertaking to incorporate the batteries into new products
Research and Scifi have been fascinated by the brain-machine or brain-computer interface (BCI) since the early 1970s. Apart from cyborgs and the game industry, the most important application potentials lie in thought-controlled communication and movement support of physically disabled persons.
As Canterbury-based Change Organisation officially launches new colocation facilities at a number of the UK’s leading data centres, it provides clients with the power, connectivity and secure processes to ensure reliable performance and continuous data availability. It also needs to be watchful of the new HGST technology pilgrimage with a broad portfolio of certified devices for VMware Virtual SANv - its software-defined storage product. Hardware certification list includes 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, PCIe Flash accelerators, and performance and capacity HDD (hard disk drives) from the Ultrastar family, including the industry’s only helium-filled HDD product line, that adds extra capacity to computers .
U.S. teams yearly waste up to 9 work weeks trying to collaborate on projects using an average of 4 partial tools according to results of a new project collaboration survey of more than 200 business professionals commissioned by Planview from independent consulting and research firm Appleseed Partners.
Scottish business IT decision makers highlight a potential threat to the country’s economy, the majority surveyed (52%) feel the country’s broadband is worse than in other parts of UK despite 61% of them citing improved Internet connectivity as key in supporting economic growth. Commissioned by CityFibre, the poll found 92% of respondents view quality and speed of internet connectivity as being important to the success of their company.
Web dating and IT entrepreneur Bill Dobbie has emerged and aims to emulate early pioneers of the Scottish whisky industry, giving the Hebridean Island of Raasay its first legal distillery, following a multimillion pound investment.
Fireworks add the finishing touch to Queen Mary 2’s current visit to Greenock as part of the Cunard’s 175th anniversary celebrations, culminated in a fusillade lighting up the sky as the flagship set sail at 22h00 yesterday. And fireworks were also an ideal way to celebrate BAE news on the future of both the Govan Fairfield and Scotstoun shipyards.
Ofcom is proposing that BT should give competitors physical access to its fibre-optic cables, allowing competing operators to take direct control of the connection. This service is often referred to as dark fibre, because the fibre-optic cables would not be ‘lit’ using BT’s electronic equipment. Instead, they would be ‘lit’ by the competitor installing its own equipment at either end of the cable.
A prominent German journalist living in the Scottish Highlands is reported as provoking the wrath of his adopted homeland by describingScottish National Party (SNP) ideology as “modern national socialism light.” Gaberlunzie reckons its a great publicity move, and worth reflecting on. In another take, one of the Great Queens visits the Clyde which built 120 for Cunard to mark the long and historic link in the company's 175th anniversary.
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