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.
In an approach to corporate social responsibility, slightly reminiscent of the Quakers and Victorian paternalism, Cognizant Technology Solutions is setting its mark in the latest thinking that: “today’s successful businesses are as agile as the technology that drives them. Learn to compete in the digital landscape.” It sees customer care of its clients as a prime success mover and is equally determined to “pay it back” to local communities where it is involved.
Microsoft tests a prototype underwater, self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, for more efficient cooling and tested the prototype in efforts to reducing the need for expensive air-conditioning. Could be if wave energy pans out, that the necessary power is also less expensive.
The largest quantitative study of howling, and the first to use machine learning, defines different howl types to discover that wolves use these types more or less depending on their species, resembling a howling dialect. Researchers say the findings could help conservation efforts and shed light on the earliest evolution of our own use of language.
Ahead of Cyber Security 2016 in Edinburgh next week, Jonathan Whitley, Regional Sales Director, Northern Europe at WatchGuard Technologies, looks at the impact of recent security breaches and the response from Scottish and UK Governments.
Researchers at Context Information Security succeeded in hacking a Motorola Focus 73 outdoor security camera, gaining access to the home network’s Wi-Fi password, obtaining full control of the pan-tilt-zoom controls, redirecting the video feed and movement alerts to watch the watchers.
Regional NHS, together with Google, IBM and Phillips are part of the partnership that with seven regional universities will create Test Bed centres. First wave locations are Surrey, Sussex, Lancashire, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester. Simultaneously Lancaster University is owrking on a £2m suite of Ultralow Noise labs for quantum technology research.
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