"China has the world’s largest market for digital shopping, mobile payments, and Internet-enabled financial services. Close to 400 million people in China do most of their payments using their smartphones. China’s overall business in information technology is a market of well above USD $300 billion, and it is estimated that more than 700 million Chinese have access to Internet. "Professor George Haour of the top-ranked IMD business school, and recent author of the “Created in China”
The proposed rail link to Glasgow Airport is raising concern over the timetable with ongoing claims that the national transport agency is lukewarm over the scheme. Heads of Renfrewshire and Glasgow councils are to meet with Scotland's new transport minister, Humza Yousaf MSP, to seek a definitive commitment on its delivery. The rail link is the flagship project being promoted by West of Scotland Councils as part of the £1billion-plus City Deal, with a new business case set to be submitted at the end of this year but is a political quagmire.
And making hay with good graphene and other nano-materials environment Hayvale is to acquire EPL (EPL Composite Solution), a specialist in the design, development and commercialisation of advanced composite polymer materials both in the UK and overseas. The acquisition will maximise EPL’s access to the nano-enhanced composites market and expected to significantly boost Haydale’s sales potential. Between material and technology providers, world-class universities and government-backed laboratories with innovation centres operating between the two regions.
A University of Dundee Masters student has stepped back through the mists of time to recreate the face of one of the most notorious figures from Scotland’s history, solving an ancient mystery in the process. Emma Price (23) has recreated the face of Henry Stuart, better known as Lord Darnley, as part of her MSc Forensic Art & Facial Identification course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, part of the University. Her work will be one of the exhibits at this year’s Masters Show, which opens at Duncan of Jordanstone this weekend.
Data transfers between different jurisdictions help multinational enterprises to maximise benefits generated from data, and harmonise their global operations. Brexit referendum, however, could seriously impact data transfers between EU and UK, when the UK exits the EU. To avoid business disruption in both UK and EU operations, post-Brexit agreements in regard to data transfers and data protection will be needed. The Privacy Shield between the EU and the US may provide an example to be followed between EU and UK.
Solar scientists are putting Scotland on the world map and a September conference will see academia and industry meeting in Edinburgh, as a hub for research into solar power, with scientists from 10 universities probing the potential of this rapidily developing renewable energy source.
Tony Martin, Professor of Animal Conservation at Dundee University is named "Conservationist of the Year" in recognition of exceptional leadership with the world’s largest rodent eradication operation. Co-author of a new study, Professor Tim Guilford Department of Zoology at Oxford explains, “If fishing lines are set at night, Europe's most endangered seabird, the Balearic shearwater, (fewer than 3,200 breeding pairs, decline roughly 14% a year) doesn't run the risk of being entangled by nets - that have the seabird "on the road to extinction." Now animal and bird data can be successfully assessed using a newly developed Google "Images App Morphic" to describe geographical variation in visible traits of organisms.
Like invisible scaffolding, millions of lines of computer code underpin the software used daily, from the simplest smartphone apps to complex behemoths as Google’s Internet services. As software becomes more sophisticated, developers and programmers must still be able to produce high quality, error-free code — the world’s dependence on software means inefficiencies and mistakes can cost businesses billions of dollars every year. To improve the coding process Assistant Professor Jiang Lingxiao at SMU (Singapore Management University) School of Information Systems works on tools that help developers navigate the sea of existing code, as well as take full advantage of this vast repository of valuable information.
ComputeScotland bows a happy knee and salutes Her Royal Majesty on her 90th birthday wishing her many more to come. Being a queen must be a lot of hard work and as someone once noted the smell of new paint must be fairly exhausting too! But Gaberlunzie is simply delighted that the Her Majesty has given her approval to "The Birthday Crown" by Italian author Davide Cali and illustrator Kate Slater, in which the monarch agonises over which crown to wear on her special day and finds paper the happiest choice!
Created inside a thermos tube of Graphene, Carbyne is said to be stronger than both graphene and diamond, and twice as stiff as the stiffest known materials. Simultaneously sustainable industry carbon, emerging from research at University of Vienna, Austria, discovers new super material Steambio, a sustainable industry carbon. Glasgow will be hosting a Meeting & Workshop on Steambio from 28-29th June.
A team of scientists in the UK and Bangladesh turn to combined knowledge of the global scientific community to address that fearsome fungal disease, wheat blast, an emerging threat to Asian agriculture which follows upon the heels of Europe's ash dieback.
Humans impact on Earth in terms of how resources are produced and consumed forms a strikingly new pattern on the planet's global energy flow, according to University of Leicester researchers’ study into Earth's biological production and consumption during the present Anthropocene epoch.
In March Scottish environmentalist Rob Edwards reported in "The Herald" that a government move to allow scallop dredging in one of Scotland’s most precious bays will wreck the seabed, damage wildlife and could be illegal, environmental groups have warned. It comes against a backdrop of heat that is killing the world's corals.
Police, government, corporations, and countless individuals have been victims of malicious software aka ransomware that encrypts data then demands payment for its return. A spate of recent ransomware infections at hospitals now has experts worried over patient care suffering. When it comes to terrorists there are some who favour bulk data collection for security, rather then the use of encryption.
"New York Times" speculates that Google, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft "are racing to become the go-to company for A.I"and are currently engaged in a Platform war. MIT's "Technology Review" however focuses on Apple's production of its Liam robots that can carefully pull apart and recycle the iPhones. Morph these two developments with "Eduropean Crazy Robots," an Austrian Science Fund FWF and this could indeed change the world.
A human brain study using 3D printing technology to grow cells to mimic a real brain, wins the Elsevier’s Atlas award. Other circles show that stimulating the brain could improve language learning and stimulate bettter athletic performance.
Construction work to upgrade Central Scotland’s motorway network on the M74 near Hamilton has unearthed a rare archaeological discovery, including remnants of a medieval village and a collection of medieval coins believed to date from the 10th or 11th Century.
The energy transition is making decentralised generation and infeed of energy from renewable sources increasingly important. As consumers also become energy producers, digital energy management solutions balance consumption and demand. Under the title “Smart Renewable Energy” and “Intersolar Europe” sees Europe's largest exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, offer more about product innovations and current discussions on this topic.
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