Seven Fraunhofer Institutes have presented their latest developments in seafaring and navigation at the SMM Convention in Hamburg this month. while the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute Sintef MARINTEK believe that in 10-20 years there will be 200 metre cargo vessels plying the oceans without a captain or crew. But for this to happen, the emerging hard and soft technology will need to be seen working working on existing vessels.
AERTOs (Associated European Research and Technology Organisations) has started a 2-year research project to stimulate the development of the bio-based economy in Europe. It will also overcome technical hurdles in the innovation value chains. But in the case of TU Darmstadt they are preaching to the converted. There, biology professor Ralf Kaldenhoff is making microalgae fit for industry, microorganisms that could produce a variety of products from carbon dioxide to light.
This month the University of Amsterdam (below left showing solar panels) is starting a research project on the use of big data within companies and governmental institutions. A survey has been set up in cooperation with ORTEC Consulting Group in order to gather information about the adoption and implementation of big data applications among businesses.
A project to create an HPC network from Fujitsu, HighlandCouncil and the business group Energy North should create a Highland hub that will link to computer clusters initially in Wales (network based on six universities and private sector sites in Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea) and later Northern Ireland. That news comes as businesses in Scottish cities are urged by by Commsworld to take advantage of the ‘gilt-edged’ opportunity to improve their broadband and internet services, after disclosure that there had been surprisingly low uptake of the £100m Connected Voucher Scheme initiative for SME and charities .
Anyone who picks up "2040" by Graham Tottle and reads its back cover will certainly learn that the author is an Anglo-Scot. With forbearing seafarers from Orkney and Hull, there's understandably lots of lovely writing about boats and yachts, but equally inclusive of nuclear power, robots and surveillance. Obviously as the work of a Cambridge trained historian and computer scientist, you would expect and will find the novel to be truly scientific, dimensional and 'technology-couth.'
Everyone knows R2D2!! Now consider C2D2!! the Paraswift robot that has won an award in the ‘Prolongation of service life’ category in an international competition at the COIN (Concrete Innovation Conference ) on 13 June 2014 held for the first time this year.
A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.
VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland has issued a report that summarises the pilot-phase of a NewWoW project whose introduction presents categories of new ways of working in its state-of-the-art report. In the UK Birmingham based Batalas an international trainer and consultancy, was in 2010 offering process improvement and work study techniques.
If anyone flung themselves wholeheartedly into the Glasgow Games it has to have been Cisco. In its wrap-up session, the official network infrastructure sponsor of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, reveals some details of what was involved and what is ongoing.
European researchers of the projects NanoBioTouch and NanoBioTact into nano-engineering biomimetic tactile sensors, a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme has reached its 2nd phase.
Smart city projects are typically deployed via partnerships between the public and private sectors. The main business models include build-operate-transfer (BOT), build-operate-comply (BOC) and municipal-owned-deployment (MOD).
Over the last decade the profusion of digital entertainment technologies with widespread ubiquity of Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G wireless services has driven consumer demand from ever more powerful laptops to highly complex and application rich smart phones and tablets. The impact on the semiconductor industry has drawn an intriguingly good response from the still low profile SureCore.
Since the start of this year, it has felt like Armageddon within the cyber-security arena. Attacks are coming thick and fast, with resultant breaches hitting the headlines. Many experts believe we’ve seen just a glimpse of the potential threat landscape devastation. So, what’s behind the headlines?
Bluesky, creator of the first ever National Tree Map, is working with researchers at the University of Leicester to investigate airborne mapping systems used to identify diseases in trees. UK tree health has been increasingly in the news over recent years, Phytophthora ramorum affecting larch trees, Chalara dieback of ash and the Dothistroma needle blight on pine trees being just some examples.
Linked-in has Anastasia Emmanuel titled as marketing & community manager. It’s a conventional tag that does not do justice to the self-dubbed “wordy” young live-wire who undertakes the task of being UK's face for the San Francisco original crowd funding platform, Indiegogo. Originated in 2008 it is currently the largest platform among some 200 global fundraiser sites
As six freeze dried smallpox virus vials (among history's most deadly diseases declared eradicated in the 1980's) are discovered at National Institutes of Health in Maryland stored there since the '50s might catch the imagination, far more worrying is a Korean medical team discovery of a new strain of drug resistant S. pneumonia bacteria (Streptococcus Pneumoniae) while WHO (World Health Organisation) reports drug resistant tuberculosis on the rise with 500,000 new drug-resistant cases each year.
As an International Energy Agency reports $8billion being wasted in online standby device power usage in 2013 and urges reform; VTT in Finland launches into a Neo-carbon Energy storage project, and an IHS report notes detail progress with a variety of MEMS energy sensor hubs with different routes to power conservation making huge market gains.
Polly Purvis, executive director of ScotlandIS said: “The technology sector, worth £4bn to the Scottish economy, is a key driver for growth and a jewel in Scotland’s economic crown. It’s an exciting and vibrant industry employing a very wide range of talented people and we are delighted to recognise the achievements of the industry’s leading lights.”
The Directa Plus graphene factory opening event in Como, revealed the first products powered by G+ material with the example of a CF bike wheel, the tyre containing pristine GNPs which industrial partner Vittoria Group, the largest manufacturer of bicycle tyres presented. On the heels of this European opening comes news that Graphene Nanochem, Malaysia, currently focused on fuel additives, smart fluids and household care materials, is in a hydro-processing licence agreement with US Cetane Energy for integration of its hydro processing at ithe Lahad Datu facility.
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