Dubbed after the "unecessary" letter and for some the unlucky 13, IBM headlines the machine as the most powerful and secure yet! The first mainframe in history designed for growth of the mobile app economy. IBM's first new mainframe in three years - represents continued investment in core hardware systems that can process 2.5 billion business transactions per day, or the equivalent of 100 Cyber Mondays.
As gamekeeper George Mutch is sentenced to four months in prison after conviction of the illegal killing of a goshawk, illegal use of a trap and illegal taking of a buzzard and a second goshawk, the RSPB Scotland also continues to challenge four windfarm developments in the Firths of Forth and Tay while urging the people of Dumfries and Galloway to protest the Spango (Mid Rig) wind-farm re-submission proposal.
The first Dundee University Café Science Extra of 2015 is set to light up the New Year by exploring the wonder of auroras. Dr Alex Russell, a researcher in the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics, will talk on ‘Predicting Auroras’ at Dundee Science Centre: 6pm on Wednesday, 14th January.
University of Edinburgh’s STEM model Marina Cortês with Perimeter Institute Faculty member Lee Smolin have been awarded the $10,000 Buchalter Cosmology Prize for groundbreaking work on causality and time concepts.
Don't hold your breath. Smart meters roll out is now scheduled for 2016. It will involves Telefonica, CGI and Capita for the UK south and central regions, while DECC suppliers of choice for smart meters, are Arqiva, BAE Systems and BT in northern England and Scotland.
Statistics for renewable energy in Scotland offer a dual face to the 2014 wind and solar year. WWF Scotland declares wind turbines alone provided 1,279,150MWh to the National Grid, and total installed capacity of solar PV (photo-voltaic) systems in Scotland has reached 140MW – a rise of 32% since last year. But wind farms are being increasingly constraint-paid at more than £1 million a week to shut down turbines.
Bambootec consortium from Yucatán, in the south of Mexico, has designed a bamboo bicycle that transforms the kinetic energy generated by pedalling, into a source of electricity, able to simultaneously recharge mobile devices, smartphone’s external battery and a navigation dashboard, located on the handlebars, which not only measures distance and time, but also offers bluetooth connection.
As CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) promises 2015 International CES will feature the largest ever IoT showcase of products, services and technologies that make up the “Internet of Things,” 2015 marks the next phase for the European IOT project which has run from 2011-2014. working in areas such as ‘smart' house, health, transport and energy.. The EU IOE (Internet of Energy ) project has 40 European partners, working on how to make it easier for energy suppliers and consumers to connect to each others’ equipment.
ABB and Hitachi are to form a joint venture for HVDC (high voltage direct current) system solutions in Japan. To be based in Tokyo then JV will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply and after-sales services related to the DC system of HVDC projects bringing ABB's latest technologies to the Japanese market where Hitachi will be the prime contractor.
"We are not going into this to be the first people to break fusion. What has attracted me to this sector is I run a 3D printing company, which is for rapid-prototyping complex shapes, and have also had a project which has forced me to study asteroids for 10 years."
Investment in R&D (research and development) by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite unfavourable economic environment. However, growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world average (4.9%), and lags behind US (5%) and Japan (5.5%) companies.
Engineers from Massachusetts University researching multilayer graphene from10 to 100nm thick, find it may make excellent body armour absorbing 10x the amount of energy that steel can, before failing. In Poland a prototype machine creates the material in a significant breakthrough, potentially allowing mass production at a low cost .In the USA Graphene Stakeholders elect Keith Blakely as chair. While in the UK Morgan Advanced Materials and 2D-Tech agree long-term research collaborations with the £61m NGI centre (National Graphene Institute ) set to open in early 2015.
As Australia's Carnegie Wave Energy developer receives two separate innovation awards for its CETO combined desalination water and wave energy technology, on the other side of teh globe in Scotland, Pelamis is in receivership and Aquamarine now downsizing, leaving only Nova Innovation still riding the wave as it were.
Shetland Composites will start manufacturing blades for a bank of tidal turbines to power 300 homes. It has secured the six months contract from Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation that is developing five 100kW tidal turbines for the Shetland Tidal Array.
Researchers from UC3M (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) are developing a new transmission mechanism with no touching parts, based on magnetic forces that prevents friction and wear and makes lubrication unnecessary. Applicable in space travel and exploration, it has also been adapted for use in such areas as the railroad and aircraft industries.
A week ago, directors of Edinburgh based Pelamis announced they were unable to secure the additional funding required for further development of its wave energy technology. The board reluctantly has appointed an administrator to assess the options for securing a future for the business and Pelamis employees.
Power plants and grids are stretched to their limits. To ensure operational safety, critical factors such as "Hot-Spots" inside high voltage transformers, power factor correction capacitors and alternators are monitored. Other possible capabilities are temperature measurement on high voltage distribution power lines s as for electric trains or in gas isolated power breakers and in power factor adjustment capacitors.
Imaging, sensing & metrology, computing & simulation and communications are all embraced by four new QTH (quantum technology hubs )to be located at the Universities of Glasgow, Birmingham, Oxford and York. The new £120m network will involve 17 universities and 132 companies announced Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities.
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