As Easter ended, there was nothing quite like the idea of hummingbirds to brighten everything up, both exquisite, outrageously brave and very territorial; chameleon's have such a sense of humour, while the dung beetle is related to the more exotic scarab with rebirth potential. There were pouty puffer fish, intelligent looking macaque's, alas alive in zoos unless you are in Japan, but the mild sting, four ring moon jellyfish does indeed lurk in UK waters.
As the distributed management of data laboratories is becoming the norm, as in Europe's DMOD with its emphasis on mobile, ubiquitous, distributed management processing and visualisation, Scotland is riding the data wave and to have a new £11.3 million innovation centre to helping capitalise on this tsunami of market data, analytics and ‘big data’ technology . The Data Lab will opening later this year.
Metamaterials in optics has already produced the possibility of invisibility cloaks. Now £2.5 million is to be invested by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) to take the approach to allied areas of advanced materials.Researchers will apply concepts to acoustic metamaterials, thermal cloaking, with engineer designed-specific properties for metamaterials and a brave new metamaterial world.
As Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2014 celebrate the winners at the Hilton Hotel on June 4th, in Scotland Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces a first ever all-female Cabinet event for June 9th in Edinburgh. This is to bring together women from organisations across Scotland to discuss all the issues of importance in the referendum and explore opportunities to promote and improve gender equality.
While robots often resemble humans, increasingly they shape and sized to fit specific work. Two new micro-bots are SRI International's MAMR (Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots) designed to build small things on small scales like a swarm of ants, under control of a central computer, and Harvard developed TERMES robots (inspired by Namibian termites) that can carry bricks, build staircases, climb them, add structure bricks, follow low-level rules, to independently complete a project construction.
VisitScotland’s recently mooted "sales pitch" was that the ill-connected Highlands & Islands locations could market themselves as uniquely offering visitors the restfulness of OOC (Out Of Contact) or JOMO (Joys of Missing Out) – by being blissfully unable to contact with the rest of the world for the duration of their stay.
Renewable energy exerts are predicted to inject around £350,000 into the economy of Lewis when they attend EIMR (Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables) international conference from 30th April (faunal interactions & methodology) - 1st May (Ecological modelling & overviews). It comes on the heels of the island's missile test range value being claimed by the First Minister as of more importance to Nato nuclear alliance than Trident.
In an evolutionary morph, that joins vision to touch, Barrett Technology is offering a full-sensor-suite for its BarrettHand under the protection of US Patent 7,168,748 where claims cover the addition of cameras and other sensors on the finger and palm surfaces of a robotic hand.
Back in 2011 a glowing review on the application of electrospinning for design and fabrication of architectured, nanofibrous materials for dye sensitised solar cells, fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, super capacitors, pointed out that the process, with particular emphasis on improved energy and power density imparted performance improvement to ionic conductivity, cyclability, reversibility, interface resistance,electrochemical stability, and mechanical strength, of electrospun electrode and electrolyte components.
As the deadline for submissions for the Data Journalism competition from the Global Editors Network closed this month with 523 applications, (winners to be announced in June) Cardiff University announces it is to introduce a Computational Journalism Master's degree in September in a bid to supply the industry more journalists with coding abilities.
One in four UK residential fixed broadband connections is ‘superfast’, according to latest Ofcom research. Proportion of superfast connects – those offering headline speeds of 30Mbit/s or more – has risen from 5% in November 2011 to 25% in November 2013.
3D printing moves into the medical environment, together with robotoic surgery as surgeons use 3D printing to produce exact models of tumour-containing kidneys, allowing them to simulate surgery prior to the actual operation. Models can be personalised to the patient, giving doctors a 3D model of each individual’s tumour.
Dynamic businesses are at the forefront of global M&A reveals the Grant Thornton IBR (International Business Report) with global M&A activity rising from this time last year, as dynamic businesses leading the way. Leaders of the world's most progressive businesses have always viewed acquisitions as an important means to supplement and boost their existing operations especially in the acquisition of know-how people.
As wind farms look to be going high altitude, drone satellites are seen as the future for communications, as US corporate Google plays catch-up on the Facebook acquisition of UK's team Ascenta, to buys Titan Aerospace.
Moray Council has put on the market, for lease or sale, a one hectare site at the eastern end of Buckie Harbour, which can accommodate ships of up to 86 metres long. The yard comprises three slips and two side slips, two boat repair sheds, a workshop, office block, warehouse and small stores. Facilities include 24-hour access, pilotage, bunkering by tanker, water on all quays and skilled stevedores.
Shetland residents now have access to high-speed internet thanks to an ambitious project delivered by the local council and TNP (The Networking People) on the Shetland Islands. TNP already has expertise bringing connectivity to Scotland’s most rural areas, with a similar successful project run with Stirling Council last year, potentially saving local authorities hundreds of thousands of pounds, buildingthe networks that they own, rather than renting them.
Many pathways to substantial emission reductions are available urges the newest report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that shows global greenhouse gas emissions have grown more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.
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