New environmental, economic, social and political developments have challenged Europe to rethink its strategies for the future. With the latest growth strategy 'Europe 2020' the European Union is re-enforcing its commitment to becoming a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy within the next five years. In "The Future of Europe" Frost & Sullivan reveals growth opportunities that will transform Europe and its economy and also covers the Brexit scenario and Euro future
The topic of passwords, the continual need to change them, the impossibility of remembering the 100 or so that are vital for work and life, is one that raises nightmare memories and an absolute dread of the next ‘new password’ demand! So the news that Universities and Google are separately and hopefully obliterating the password, in favour of the Doodle or biomarkers.
National Grid and Renewable Energy Systems are working on the first battery energy storage systems to provide a dynamic frequency response service in sub-second timescales in Great Britain. Both have signed a 4 year contract that will see RES provide 20MW of frequency response from battery storage. This new service is to aid National Grid in its system balancing role, increasingly requiring innovation and use of new technologies. The RES’ service delivery battery storage systems will provide cost effective frequency response to the grid, within one second of the detection of a frequency deviation. The battery storage systems to be fully operational in 18 months.
AERTOs (Associated European Research and Technology Organisations) started a 2-year research project announced in September 2014 to stimulate the development of the bio-based economy in Europe. It was to overcome technical hurdles in the innovation value chains. With TU Darmstadt, it preached to the already converted as biology Professor Ralf Kaldenhoff was making microalgae fit for industry, micro-organisms that could produce a variety of products from carbon dioxide to light. Now Norwegian SINTEF has its scientists extract Omega 3 fatty acids from fish, which absorb them from their food, such as small crustaceans, which in turn have obtained them by grazing on micro algae
Ubiquiti Networks has warned its customers about a worm targeting the company’s products by exploiting a critical vulnerability that was believed patched nearly a year ago. According to the wireless networking product manufacturer, the malware is designed to target routers, access points and other devices, running outdated versions of the airOS firmware, including airMAX M (airRouter), AirMAX AC, airOS 802.11G, ToughSwitch, airGateway and airFiber.
SWAN announces that North Lanarkshire Council has joined the Scottish Wide Area Network, a single public services network for the use of all public service organisations within Scotland. SWAN is being delivered through a framework contract with Capita IT Enterprise Services.
German pharmaceutical & chemicals giant Bayer has made an all-cash offer to acquire Monsanto for $62 billion, valuing the US company at $122/share value, a substantial premium in a deal that would create the world’s largest agrochemicals company. Mega merger expert, John Colley, Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School notes "It is a classic transfer of value from bidders shareholders to those of the target. Few mega-bids go well. Research shows more than half destroy value. Only around a quarter deliver on their promises.
Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) in addition to an increased risk of death from other causes, including many cancers according to a paper published in the American "Journal of Human Genetics" he annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics will hear today. LOY or (Loss of Y chromosome), is known to affect up to 20% of men who are aged over 80, and the most common genetic mutation acquired during a man’s lifetime
Last year Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft achieved an impressive new record with more than €2.1 billion in business volume. It has now pushed ahead its strategy to expand its scope with the Senate decided to establish a Fraunhofer Research IGCV (Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology). The expansion of Fraunhofer High Performance Centres is also continuing. For instance, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting three new High Performance Centres to the tune of some €8 million.
A locomotive-sized plasma generator in a tangle of scaffolding, sensors, gauges, magnets, instruments, cables, and pipes deliver fusion technology to release huge amounts of energy. TriAlpha is pulling its current model to pieces, to build a bigger model that could lead to a prototype reactor sometime in the 2020s. UK player in the fusion technology market Plasmatreat presented its latest developments for atmospheric plasma pretreatment of lead frames and electronic components to acclaim at China's leading trade fair for electronics development and production in Shanghai this year.
The world’s oldest golf club will not be hosting the Open championship, after retaining its ban on women members, sparking claims that £100 million could be denied the Scottish economy. It’s not that the game lags in technology. Only in Scotland will you find this ingrained anti-women attitude, where the defensive comments are laughable!!
Using static electricity, RoboBees can land and stick to surfaces. Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences roboticists demonstrate that their flying microrobots named the 'RoboBees' can now perch during flight to save energy - just like bats, birds or butterflies
SoftBank Robotics Corp and SoftBank Corp announce its humanoid robot ‘Pepper' will support Google's Android, and the pre-sales of models for developers will begin from July 2016. Ahead of the pre-sales launch, starting today, SoftBank Robotics offer a beta version of “Pepper SDK for Android Studio,” a software development kit enabling the development of RoboApps on the Android platform.
ARM acquires Apical, the imaging and embedded computer vision technology that allows next generation devices to understand and act intelligently on information from their environment. Apical is one of the UK's fastest-growing technology companies and its advanced imaging products are used in more than 1.5 billion smartphones and in some 300 million consumer/industrial devices including IP cameras, digital stills cameras and tablets.
People use laptops and smartphones to save and organise life – protected only by a password or a PIN. These are often not secure, and can be forgotten as so many are required and users do not choose or store them well. But biometric identifiers, fingerprints, voice or iris scans, allow users to be easily and securely identified. Going one better, computer scientists from University of Saarland and University of Stuttgart introduce a new “SkullConduct” biometric identifier for users of the eyewear computer Google Glass. Their system uses the skull to provide a digital access code and this method could also secure smartphones.
IOCs (International Oil Companies) are faced with the choice of managing a gentle decline by downsizing or risking a rapid collapse by trying to carry on business as usual, warns Professor Paul Stevens. The future of major IOCs – BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total is unlikely to continue with the business model that while working for them during the 20th century urgently requires remodelling.
Facebook will have its nose out of joint as GCHQ's first Tweet: "Hello, world" is one of the first programs you learn to write in coding languages such as C, Python, Java, PHP, and Ruby. For those just starting to program, getting "Hello, world" to appear on a screen is a gentle introduction to coding, and as a technical organisation with computing at its core, it resonated with many of our staff who have learnt to program during their careers.
How far do you think most SMB businesses will go to beat their competition online asks Shai Aharony founder of Reboot Online. He finds the answer disturbing. When asked if they would like to hire a service that would sabotage a competitor’s website and guarantee its removal from Google search results (ie) Negative SEO 47% accepted the offer and asked for payment details. Some 31% accepted, pending more information. That’s 78% of businesses interested or outright accept the offer of dishing negative SEO on a competitor in a practice
both Illegal and underhand.
The 64-turbine Neart na Gaoithe project had its contract terminated by the LCCC (Low Carbon Contracts Company) that pulled the subsidies after a 26 March deadline to invest £200m into the £2bn development was missed by a judge delayed verdict on an RSPB challenge on the threat to the gannets at nearby Bass Rock colony, the largest in the world. Now however, The Crown Estate has granted Statoil a lease that will allow construction to proceed on the 30MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind project. The UK seabed landlord has been working closely with the utility, the Scottish government and other partners to “help bring forward this innovative project”.
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