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.'
Twitter’s financial filing for a Wall Street debut threw up the fact that only one woman, a lawyer, Vijaya Gadde, has a role as general counsel among top officials. The board, investors and 99% of executive officers are men, although half Twitter users are women. There is a suggestion women in technology may be pacing best in bio, both in US, Europe and the UK.
As climate heat makes headlines, air temperatures around four of the world's largest wind farms have increased by 0.72C in a decade. This is against Earth's average temperature increase of 0.8C since 1900, and it is suggested that wind turbines could warm local climates up to ten times faster than the natural rate, a study has shown.
In an intriguing and creative approach to "!nnovation" taken by author Kim Chandler McDonald (below right) in her significant 101 interviews reveals "how innovators think, act and change our world." Ranging from artists and authors, through engineers, entrepreneurs, doctors, designers, educators, architects, scientists, space explorers to business people, bankers, politicians, printers and others, where the advice and commentary on innovation is almost overwhelming.
Staff.com, an employment site that connects companies with talented remote staff and also helps connect talented people with great companies across the world, but especially in U.S, Canada, Australia, and the UK has a yard long tale of an Infographic.
Three very different ice projects, namely the paradox of polar ice sheet formation; the variety of research aspects undertaken by the 2013 Oden Arctic Technology Research Cruise: and Japan's decision to use an underground ice wall to stop Fukushima's leaking radioactive groundwater, show up ice as both amazingly delicate and of very great force.
The new $36million RANGE (Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems) programme from ARPA-E ( Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) will develop 8 aqueous, 6 multifunctional, 4 robust non-aqueous, and 4 solid state approaches to new electric vehicle battery chemistries, architectures, and designs in 22 project across 15 states.
Emerging are a quartet of visionary organisations. EMPA devised its 3D NanoChemiscope using a PET insert for complementary, simultaneous PET/MRI scans. From Switzerland, Zurich University spin-off IniLabs has the DVS (Dynamic Vision Sensor) inspired by the eye's retina and using IBM’s TrueNorth architecture to mimic a brain-style neuromorphic network of computer chips. From Scotland, NCTech's iStar, is the first automatic 360°panoramic camera in two software models, FUSION and PULSAR .
A human-centred approach using questionnaires and human-robot interaction trials to derive data indicated a large proportion of the 28 participants were in favour of a robot companion and saw the potential role as assistant, machine or servant.
With some excellent, synchronous timing on the heels of Siggraph 2013, "The History of Visual Magic in Computers" or (How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR) by Jon Peddie comes in paperback and e-book from Springer.
EVs (or electric, e-vehicles) are set to play a key role in urban mobility, reduce pollution, decrease dependence on fossil fuels and save drivers money. Currently only a tiny fraction of Europe's car fleet, EV sales are expected to grow exponentially, thanks to technology advances made by EU-funded researchers. In the UK, however, despite the sterling EU project work by Sheffield University and aTransport Select Committee belief in EVs needing a better infrastructure, the UK government takes a dismissive approach to this development.
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