As Scottish Renwables organisation has a 1-2 September International North Sea conference lined up in Edinburgh, and an August 15-16 Marine conference, exhibition and dinner in Inverness, it will have plenty to discuss and is publicising that in the last five weeks, a series of announcements from the UK Government have brought huge changes to the UK’s renewable energy industry. Worth noting that in the US there is a movement to pull the plug on renewable energy while a WWF Scotland analysis shows wind farms generated the equivalent of 98 per cent of Scotland's electricity needs last year and power companies were paid more than £53 million to switch off their turbines in 2014!
Glasgow has won the bid to host Europe’s largest IB (industrial biotechnology) conference next year when hundreds of delegates will attend EFIB 2016 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre towards the end of October.
Four years in the making to develop at a total project cost of around £150,000, a team from The University of Aberdeen are trialling a robotic pharmacy kiosk in Aberdeenshire which allows patients to talk to a pharmacist remotely via a web cam and to have prescription medicines dispensed. The kiosk installed in the Aberdeenshire village of Inverallochy (below top) is linked to its 'hub' pharmacy in nearby Fraserburgh. Beneath is an automated health care hospital check in North Carolina.
To be more effective, new IT development needs to keep pace with and manage the huge and increasingly complex systems that are important to society. With a rare Advanced Grant of €2.5 million from the ERC (European Research Council), Kim Guldstrand Larsen, Professor at Aalborg University’s Department of Computer Science, will now approach the problem in an entirely new way.
As the computing and semiconductor worlds digest IBM’s departure from the fab, Big Blue is going all out in Data Analytics projects, announcing two successful UK projects. In one, Clear Returns helps retailers understand how and why product returns happen, and how to predict them. Camden Borough uses the analytical approach process to reduce fraud, save time and money over a range of services, so reducing budget cut impacts.
The latest International Data Corporation (IDC) study on tablets in enterprises, shows a large and increasing share of devices deployed across U.K, French, and German companies are the only devices that employees are equipped with to perform their business activities. Tablets however need to tackle multiple OS qualms.
Stephen Coty, chief security evangelist, for Alert Logic argues that hacktivism has been around for 35 years, initially as service denials and demos. That he notes has shifted to being more intrusive and destructive. His message is that the motive is not iimportant, but the key to fighting back is through Threat Intelligence teamed with reverse engineering.
For anyone concerned over the inability to attract women into computing and science disciplines, the "New York Times" Opinion page on"What its Like as a 'Girl' in the Lab" contributed by the molecular biologist Sarah Clatterbuck Soper, probably says it all.
Already a focus of irate attention for bundling Ask Toolbar with the Java Installer, asking the Oracle seems to be in decline for though existing updates and maintenance do rise, new licences have flatlined to dropping, Stepping into this convenient breach are the Open Source contenders.
From memory material nithynol in shoes, ultra-thin wearable QLEDS applied like stickers to the skin, wearable E-skin that measure heart rate blood pressure,with credit card paper diagnostic machines give instant bio-sensing readings on blood and saliva samples not to mention the ability to digitally encode synthetic polymers, materials for fashion will be not only be spectacular, but potentially highly useful, attractive and functional as translated in shoes and clothes.
Scottish Parliament had a Member’s debate on the need to reduce and end the commercial extraction of peat from historic peatlands for horticultural purposes, a subject raised by Rob Gibson, MSP Caithness, Sutherland and Ross. The debate's framework “Peat Extraction for Horticulture” finds a resonant echo in Norway where current research by Professor Hans K. Stenøien at NTNU University, Trondheim, finds earth’s temperature balance may depend on just the peat bog. “No plant genus is more important as a carbon balance on Earth than peat mosses. Peat stores at least a third of all the carbon on land,” he says,
U.S. teams yearly waste up to 9 work weeks trying to collaborate on projects using an average of 4 partial tools according to results of a new project collaboration survey of more than 200 business professionals commissioned by Planview from independent consulting and research firm Appleseed Partners.
F4E awards to AMEC Foster Wheeler one of the largest robotics contracts to date in the field of fusion energy for ITER, the world’s biggest international collaboration designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power.
Truffle Capital, France’s leading European venture capital firm and one of the top French FCPI (retail funds) managers, in collaboration with CXP, the independent European research and consulting firm specialising in application software, computer services and digital processing, publish "Truffle 100 France" ranking of the country's top 100 software companies.
Over the last decade, DDoS attacks have proliferated, possibly becoming the primary threat for every website or web application. The ultimate goal is to bring down sites by flooding them with fake requests, usually from multiple locations.
A must read: “451 Research Cloud Price Index” private edition finds VMware, Red Hat and Microsoft are currently better value than OpenStack distributions for total cost of ownership hanging on that key component - the open stack engineer !
Research collaboration spearheaded by ETH Zurich sheds a light on the genome of two commercially important species of bumblebees. The findings provide unexpected insights into the ecology and evolution of bumblebees and honeybees. In other research at QMUL (Queen Mary University of London), bees infected with crithidia bomb parasite, given an option to choose between sugar solution with nicotine in it and without, would if infected by the parasite, go for the nicotine nectar.
As computers continue to shrink, moving from desks and laps to hands and wrists— memory has to become smaller, more stable and energy conscious. At Drexel University’s College of Engineering, a group of researchers is trying to achieve that with help from a new class of materials, whose magnetism can be controlled by the flick of a switch. At North Carolina State University, researchers discover that electron spin brings a previously unknown degree of order to the high entropy alloy NiFeCrCo (nickel iron chromium cobalt), and may play a role in giving the alloy its desirable properties.
Where some claim the future is digital, others emphasise it is distributed and will have an impact on digital currencies such as Bitcoin. The algorithm mining money making method has a total value now of approximately $3.4 billion, and companies and investors are at work to prove the technology makes financial services both cheaper and more useful.
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