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.
A new global survey by IEEE has found that people want the human mind to control everyday devices in future, with motion sensor technology and retina scanning coming a close second. IEEE also warns that expansion of the IoT (Internet of Things) and connected devices preface a shift away from mobile phones as the go-to technology and clothing, watches, eyewear, even wigs serve as standalone gadgets or may link to other device.s
From the stick insect Hector, through nextgen fish, and the emergence of NERD to soft robotics, demonstrates a broadening and acceleration in robotics development. Current research ranges from demonstrating the creation of robotic self-awareness, through AI endowment, to fish tracking skills, to the intriguing potentials of NERD (nano-electro-robotic-device) and soft robotics for flight applicaitons.
According to research performed by Lloyd’s of London insurer, Aegis London, “in the first half of the 2013 fiscal year, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems – Computer Emergency Readiness Team responded to more than 200 incidents, 53% of which were in the energy and utility sector, and many of them sponsored out of such states as China”.
Jill Dyché has written a book that really looks at the IT issues and manages to achieve some truly off-the- wall and one-off approaches. As the introduction heads it “Why this book is different!!” By page xix you will be headed into a Table 1:1 on How to Read this Book!! It’s the first time this reviewer has ever been given the short cuts to specific chapters of greater relevance - after reading the first three chapters that is!! And yes, there is also a Coda, notes and index! And no, you cannot borrow my copy!
Suddenly 2015 is flowering with all the overtaking hallmarks of IoT morphing into IoMT (Internet of Moving Things). Consultants Deloitte’s pin the hallmark onto commuting and ambient computing with IOT, while a series of hard and soft acquisitions are rapidly changing a market that was originally envisioned as simply the M2M (machine2machine) Internet of Things (IoT)
OnWednesday McDonald's announced that it would begin using chickens that are not raised with antibiotics used to treat humans, a move likely to put pressure on competitors of the fast-food chain, which now sells more chicken than beef. The announcement coincided with Steve Easterbrook’s (below left) start as its CEO.
A mixture of news, opinion, humour and game culture, the site Kotaku UK has as Editor, Keza MacDonald from Edinburgh. She ranks in the top five women that the news and comparison games and casinos site MobileSlot recently featured because of a new gender twist on the scene.
The Inspiring Fifty: Europe initiative followed the success of the prior year’s Inspiring Fifty: Netherlands, a search to identify and showcase that country’s fifty most inspiring women in technology and business. Throughout 2014, Inspiring Fifty asked its extended network of professionals, journalists, and social media followers to nominate those women serving as role models and standing as an inspiration to others. You can find UK's prime 13 women, more than any other EU state achievement.
As the UK invited Bitcoin views in November; Bitcoin Scotland is nurtured by Dug Campbell in his Scottish Bitcoin Meetups; in Saarland University computer scientists introduce the BitCoin Shuffle; while in New York entrepreneurs looks to open a Nasdaq of Bitcoin, suitably dubbed Gemini.
Successful use of technology during asphalt paving on more than 50 road sections in the Netherlands is one European approach, that follows on VTT Research Centre of Finland Ltd work on permeable pavements that conform with CLASS ( (CLimate Adaptive SurfaceS). In Scotland 60 cyclists are part of an action against City of Edinburgh Council with claims that the cyclists have fallen off their bikes due to tram tracks.
Permeable pavements are already commonly used, in particular in Japan and the USA and in Europe used by Belgium and Germany. Now VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed permeable pavements to reduce the problems caused by storm and runoff water in urban areas. to conform with CLASS ( (CLimate Adaptive SurfaceS)
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