While the Scottish national papers consider Edinburgh's UNESCO status, "For Argyll" notes there is no great omen for Scotland’s coming experience of having its separatist government handle a range of newly devolved taxes. Finance Secretary, John Swinney’s first debut with a LBTT (Land and Buildings Transactions Tax) – that he master minded to replace the British Stamp Duty on property purchases – and that started in April of this year is warning of a substantial revenue shortfall.
A new Government-backed code, 'The Peatland Code' that could slash UK carbon dioxide emissions by 220 million tonnes and protect rare wildlife by restoring moors, bogs and mires was unveiled at the World Forum for Natural Capital in Edinburgh, following a successful 2-year trial, which has seen businesses fund peatland restoration projects in southwest England, the Lake District and Wales
A team of Aston scientists teamed with Durham and Leeds have discovered a new strategy to fabricate ‘self-assembled’ catalytic materials that could offer some revolutionary applications in chemistry, energy and healthcare.
Humans have been exploiting honeybees for almost 9,000 years, according to archaeological evidence and our links with the honeybee date back to the dawn of agriculture. Now there are two studies - Landscape-wide research by former UK government agency on oilseed rape fields in England and Wales that shows a link between neonicotinoids and honeybee colony losses. It reinforces the 2013 study in Bern,from May-December when Swedish researchers established neonicotinoids severely affect honey bee queens and their ability to reproduce worker offspring. How much more proof is needed?
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A new molecular biology tool derived from a bacterial defence system has been used for the first time by KAUST researchers to demonstrate a way to protect plants against viral pathogens. At Edinburgh University the study of a biological process that enables green algae to grow efficiently, has taken the first steps to recreating that mechanism in a more complex plant, possibly leading to high yields of wheat, rice and barley.
If it’s not in your diary, put the date there now, that IEDM - will get underway, preceeded by 90 minute tutorials on Saturday 5th December and day-long short courses on Sunday 6th December. The heart of the matter,is a technical program of some 220 papers, and a rich offering of other events taking place during the meeting. This includes evening panels, special focus sessions, IEEE awards and an entrepreneurial luncheon sponsored by IEDM and (hurrah!!) IEEE Women in Engineering.
Alan Turing Institute and Intel agree to form a long term strategic partnership to deliver a research programme focussed on high-performance computing and data analytics. Researchers from both organisations will work together with co-funded research fellows and software engineers. ARM’s November TechCon conference revealed its new low-power application-tier CPU - Cortex-A35 offering, a new family of ultra-high efficiency processors, offering 64-bit compute to smartphone users, and ultrahigh efficiency for wearables. For IBM, the £12,000 contribution to partnership with the University of Warwick, offers researchers guidance through the ethical minefield of using big data and real time analytics.
UK’s four Quantum Technologies Hubs yesterday at The first Quantum Technology Showcase held in London had 300 hundred delegates from industry, business and government hearing how UK’s £270 million NQTP (National Quantum Technologies Programme) is drawing the country’s research base together, with industry, research funding bodies and other government agencies to accelerate the transition of new technologies from the laboratory to industry. Alas, no women Hub leaders!
A high wind-turbine farm of 13 units proposed for moorland below the Corrieyairack Pass, south of Forth Augustus, has been temporarily postponed with councillors on the south planning application committee agreeing to hold a site visit before reaching any decision.
An extended period of lower oil prices would benefit consumers, but would trigger energy-security concerns by heightening reliance on a small number of low-cost producers, or risk a sharp rebound in price if investment falls short, says the IEA (International Energy Agency) in its 2015 edition of the flagship "World Energy Outlook" publication (WEO-2015)
The Scottish government has given permission to Norwegian multinational Statoil of Stavanger, Norway – to create the world’s largest floating wind farm off the Scottish coast in what may not be the last of windfarm hedging coastline beauty.
Few things are more frustrating than watching that spinning circle in the centre of your screen, as you wait for your computer to load a programme, or access data you need. Now a team from Sheffield and Leeds Universities may have the answer for faster computing: sound. Research – in Applied Physics Letters – shows certain types of sound waves move data quickly, using minimal power.
In the world of the internet of things, three students create a company that attracts international attention in a development that generates real-time information of workers in risk industries, it both records vital signs as well as hours of performance.
As wave energy falters, first with Pelamis in administration, and now Edinburgh based Aquamarine Power calling in administrators, Heriot Watt’s Professor Gary Pender, head of the Institute of Civil Engineers in Scotland calls for a national debate on Scotland’s long term energy supply, as it heads to being dependent on English imports.
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