Award-winning UK energy technology firm ELe (Extreme Low Energy Ltd) has appointed Peter Ormerod formerly VP of sales at global education company Promethean as head of the Merseyside-based firm’s worldwide development team new head of global business development.
There are now more LCD displays in the world than human beings. Everyone uses them in mobile telephones, laptops, and flat panel TVs - but very few know how the technology actually works. Fewer still are familiar with the striking colours and patterns that liquid crystals produce in microscopy. In an effort to address this, Manchester scientist Professor Ingo Dierking has created artistic pieces which demonstrate the beauty and fascination of liquid crystal textures.
The quantum revolution is afoot. Physicists are learning to harness quantum phenomena with ever-greater precision, quantum computers are becoming a reality, and a number of quantum technologies are already in use. Such technological advancement poses an important question: how will the era of quantum technology affect our lives? In a live webcast October 5, Michele Mosca will explore quantum technologies – those that already exist and those yet to come – and how they will affect our lives.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will expand its lineup of GaN-HEMPT (Gallium Nitride High Electron Mobility Transistors) to include units with 100W and 70W output power for use in satellite earth stations utilising the Ku-band* The new 100W GaN-HEMT offers output power that is among the highest currently available, according to Mitsubishi Electric’s own research as of September 27. Mitsubishi Electric begin shipping samples on October 1.
In spite of the 11 per cent cut suffered since 2010, Scottish councils have increased social work spending by three per cent. That figure is however dwarfed by what Audit Scotland sees coming down the track. By 2020, there will need to be an increase in spending of between 16 and 21 per cent, which equates to more than half a billion pounds.
Internationally renowned cyber-security expert, Troy Hunt, has been announced by ScotlandIS as a keynote speaker at this year’s ScotSoft developers conference. In his speech the Australian based web security expert, Microsoft regional director and MVP will draw on his years of experience running the ethical data breach service ‘have I been pwned’
In a race to feed growing populations, it is also essential to consider sustainability. University of Illinois researchers promote agroforestry — the intentional practice of planting of trees and shrubs together with crops or livestock — to achieve sustainability goals. A number of practical and policy challenges have to date prevented adoption of agroforestry practices on a large scale in the U.S. But, urge researchers
if adopted more widely, agroforestry could benefit wildlife, soil and water quality, and the global climate.
As Wave Energy Scotland selects four of the 10 stage-one PTO (power take-off) call participants to progress to stage two with combined funding of almost £2m, solar perovskite cells are rising stars in the photovoltaic world as in less than a decade, their efficiency has doubled twice and it is now over 22% – an astonishing result in the renewable energy sector. The name ‘perovskite’ is taken from the light-harvesting layer that characterises them as lighter, cheaper, and more flexible solar cells than the traditional crystalline silicon-based cells.
Mudskippers provided an evolutionary model for scientists to create a robot that helps learn how early vertebrates may have moved from sea to land, Mudskipper go clumsily about its land business. These fish spend a lot of their lives squirming and squiggling around outside the water, breathing through their skins and holding water in their mouths and gill chambers. Yet though their movements might appear random and ungainly, mudskippers are dexterous enough to climb trees, have no problem dragging themselves around by their pectoral fins in sand, mud, or over slimy rocks. Because of this, they make great study subjects for researchers trying to figure out just how the first vertebrates hoisted themselves out of the sea roughly 360 million years ago.
Haydale Graphene Industries in South Wales has completed the acquisition of Innophene co and this month will launch a graphene-enhanced 3D printer component. Haydale developed a patented scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nano materials in such fields as inks, sensors, energy storage, composites, paints and coatings. This enabling technology can provide Haydale with a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers.
The new VTT CNS (Centre for Nuclear Safety), which is intended for research purposes, has been inaugurated in Espoo, Finland. Both experimental work and computational modelling will be carried out in the facility.
Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund is to make an additional £150,000 available to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.Applications will open in early October and eligible organisations will be able to bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project. The Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and is part of a wider programme of activity dedicated to developing digital skills and making extracurricular computing science activities available to all young people aged 16 and under, whatever their background and wherever they live in Scotland.
The University of Dundee is purring over its 28th place ranking among UK institutions and strong performances recorded in international outlook, partly due to the percentage of international students attending Dundee, and citations where the University’s impact is among the top 10% worldwide. It came 15 (up from 21 last year) in the "QS Top 50 Under 50" and the top-ranked UK institution. This celebrates the world's top universities under 50 years old, based on the latest QS World University Rankings coming just after Dundee was named top UK university in the Times Higher Education University Ranking at 180.
Gaberlunzie ponders on Apple's latest moves with white paper bags and discussions with McLaren Technology group and can only conclude that as the falling apple brought gravity to Newton, so for Apple the white paper bag will maybe wrap up the McLaren deal!
Curiously, while wave energy (focus of Universities) seems to be funded primarily within Scotland, there seems to be no problem with other countries such as Canada or China buying into Scottish wind-farms. Nice to see InfraRed balancing up the score. But also InfraRed slippage is a male:female management ratio of 50:27
Cicor a leading international high-tech industrial group based in Boudry, Switzerland specialising in printed circuit boards, microelectronics and electronic solutions, has launched a new technology platform called DenciTec. DenciTec enables a uniquely high density of integrated functions for printed circuit boards, with high throughput and attractive costs. With DenciTec, the potential for further miniaturization is moving in a direction that offers great benefits.
Scotland’s ability to combat cybercrime could be massively boosted thanks to a unique partnership between Abertay University, Police Scotland and private company Droman Crime Solutions. The partnership has developed a ‘serious game’ that can train very large numbers of criminal justice staff in basic techniques to deal efficiently with cybercrime.
Canadian renewable energy firm Boralex has acquired about 200MW of wind power projects in France and Scotland for C$103m (€70m). This includes a 51MW ready-to-build Moulins du Lohan project, Brittany, France, and a 23.5MW Scottish project at an advanced stage of development (locale not identify) together with a further 126 MW of projects in Scotland at preliminary stages of development.
In July last year, Aberdeen engineering design firm, Cadherent moved its 20 staff into the C-listed warehouse on the city’s North Esplanade West, which, built 1937 was retrofitted and modernised for business use. Caretaker’s House was built by John Bisset & Sons, and previously accommodated Unilever and Aberdeen Mineral Water Co.
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