The calling card of old, or its modern cousin, the business card, and the hopeful USB capacity informer, have still not been ousted by Internet or app such as Bump and Flock, which Google has gobbled up to bring you a tad more ad?
Onyx Group, a UK’s lead, longest established provider of IT support and infrastructure has delivered a strong growth, and 2013 marks the same for Projectplace, Europe's lead provider of cloud-based collaboration project tools, taking taking it close to its one million collaborators' mile stone in 2014.
Scientists at Harvard University and MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory)(MBL) hope new understanding of a nanoscale photonic device that enables the small marine cuttlefish to dynamically change its colours will inspire improved protective camouflage for soldiers. At Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in collaboration with Christian Peeters research from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France) discloses specialisation of queen and worker ants shows ants grow the size of their thoracic segments differently, according to the specialised tasks they will perform as adults, findings that may serve yet as a robotic model.
Health tourism, the movement of people to countries for the purpose of obtaining cheaper, easier or quicker medical attention finds traveller medical needs ranging from elective procedures to complex specialised surgeries as hip replacement or even cardiac surgery, while dental and cosmetic surgeries are also very popular. Now researchers find that the British travelling abroad for medical treatment are often unaware of the potential health and financial consequences they could face.
Back in 2008 that one-off of wee islands on Scotland's north-west coast, Eigg welcomed the advent of electricity. But the tiny Hebridean island of Coll is split over plans to introduce mobile phone coverage as a planning application has been lodged to construct a 50ft phone mast and two dishes on the island located west of Mull.
As 2014 dawns, two stories look set to dominate the British headlines throughout the year. Firstly, with the 1st January 2014 expiration of the 2007 agreement restricting the right of Bulgarians and Romanians to work in the UK, Britons are braced for an influx of people from those countries, writes Ivan Ivanov, Chief Operating Officer, 60K.
What will the future hold for the UK and mobile phones? In an exploration of the options that could be made available to the UK public when number availability shortly becomes limited,Unique SIMs examines the options.
Downloading free apps? If you want to keep your privacy, Michael Sutton, director of Security Research at Zscaler, says the top mobile apps, whilst being fun or useful, ask for privileges that can allow a user to be monitored, and sensitive information potentially viewed and compromised.
BRL (Bristol Robotics Laboratory) is joining other leading research institutions in a new project looking at how remotely operated robots could enable people to take part in public spaces – without actually being there.
Britain’s MoD (Ministry of Defenc) has released concept images of the Royal Navy’s next ballistic nuclear missile submarines. Successor class to replace the ageing Vanguards by 2008. It coincided with the award of two contracts to BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines for £47 million and £32 million respectively. Its an far cry from how nuclear is taking to the boats in Russia, with that country's planned deployment of its first "floating" nuclear power and water desalination plant in 2016, setting up a new way to power remote Arctic communities.
The topic of identity is one that is always emerging in the digital arena. Three recent examples indicate some of the facets that need to be considered. In Dundee Arts Cafe, Dr Sandra Wilson talked on "Proving your identity: passports of the future. Steve Watts of Securenvoy argues passwords are insufficient to secure ID and two-factor authentication is essential. On the issue of Europe's ID, "Identity Processes and Dynamics in multi-ethnica Europe," examines individual and collective identities in an increasingly multi-ethnic Europe.
In an intriguing team-up, worth watching, SIMTech (Singapore's Institute of Manufacturing Technology), a research institute of A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology & Research), and VTT (Technical Research Centre) Finland ink a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to promote technology innovation R&D and new capability development for FoF (Factories of the Future).
Research into the brain is being addressed in 2014 by USA, Europe and China, in three very different projects, which hopefully by avoiding duplication can contribute to an in-depth understanding of that mysterious and elusive world, the brain.
In Scotland, S&C Electric Europe provides RC (reactive compensation) equipment to the Bettyhill wind energy generation project. Germany is turning to VPPs (Virtual Power Plants) to tackle the intermittent supply of renewable energies with a gradually overhaul its energy mix, while ABB lauds Microgrid skills.
Project WINDTRUST has as its objective to improve wind energy sector competitiveness by developing and testing components to improve turbine reliability. Co-financed by European Commission, coordinated by GAMESA, it is set to run to September 2015.In the background the wind energy industry and companies are starting to have an understanding of turbine yaw misalignment and its associated energy and revenue losses. This largely thanks to newer measurement tools, that ease the detection problem and its exact characteristics for any given turbine.
October saw the Highland Wool and Textile Fair, this month Scottish Textiles and Leather Association will open its second year of Scotland Re:Designed with a dozen designers from textiles, accessories and interiors backgrounds at its pop-up installation within Harvey Nichols, as well as its showroom in the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms. The exhibitors from classic performers like Johnston Cashmere collection for Vivienne Westwood selection includes the new but not the trendy wearable computing as yet.
From the UK cost and time savings will be made with development of a new 'GK3means' algorithm that is more robust and efficient at detecting industrial machine faults. In Austria a 3D defect detection system on hot metal surfaces optimises rail production, and in the US, adding AI software will allow users to 'think through' the design space to 3D print.
Research refines the technology of printing various tissue types and organs with bio-inks being exhibited at this month's Biotechnica in Hanover. Complementing the work, a decade of lab research unveils a key element for all cells, RNA polymerase I, at 3D atomic resolution.print
Archaeology either holds you in its thrall, or you pass it by. But there is one approach that simply takes you by the throat and shakes you. And that is the amazing aerial photography, that is absolutely riveting and is indeed that unavoidably, immense view, whose details cannot hope to be encompassed, even within the proverbial 'thousand words.'
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