CodeClan, the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy, is offering employers access to a fresh source of digital talent in the west as its Glasgow courses get off to a flying start. The academy has seen a great take-up for its first 16-week software development course and applications are flooding in from those keen to secure their place on cohorts two and three, which are due to begin later this year.
A series of sustainable digital initiatives aimed at engaging and inspiring Scotland’s next generation of digital makers have received sums of up to £25,000 in awards to support 10 extracurricular computing science projects, including one that uses the context of lighthouses to introduce young people to STEM concepts, and another that teaches young people to code using the BBC Micro:bit.
Now to the human requirements to evolve robots into being best-friends, as well as co-workers, comes demand as to how to turn robots into artists. Creating physical art is a hard problem for technology. There are no clear rules. The actual painting process can be unpredictable. Robots that paint operate in two ways generally – by direct human involvement, manual or even telekinetic remote operation of the robot arm or by getting software created painting commands. But the increase of Artificial Intelligence in robotics will also play its part.
Kyoto University researchers develop nanoscale semiconductors that raise the energy conversion rate of solar cells to at least 40%, while Fraunhofer researchers have produced functional OLED electrodes from graphene.
IBM announces that, yet again, it broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016, marking the 24th consecutive year of innovation leadership as #1 on U.S. Patent List. IBM’s 2016 patent output covers a diverse range of inventions in artificial intelligence andIBMers received 2,700+ cognitive and cloud computing patents, cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cyber security and other strategic growth areas for the company.
When the porphyrin molecule heats up it loses its outer-layer hydrogen atoms and can bond to the graphene sheet on a surface of silver. The resulting structure (illustrated and viewed under the microscope in these images) endows the graphene with yet more new properties.
The Common Market has done little for energy crowdfunding platforms. Investors experience many problems if they want to finance projects that cross legal boundaries between EU member states. International experts are now struggling to harmonise to European sector regulations.Three different parties are involved renewable energy crowdfunding. These are the fundraising platform, the investors generally expecting a return, and project developers needing money. They may also come from different nations. And that is the biggest complication, as not one legislative framework fits this business sector, nor is one sufficiently recent as to be linked to the use of the web.
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.
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