Like most people, Gaberlunzie's ancestors followed a diversity of occupations ranging from medical, manufacturing, a minister and a naval ship's engineer. The one thing all of them had in common was a liking for technology, and especially for weather barometers. As a result, Gaberlunzie has grown up with an acute fondness for an aneroid barometer, a ship's chronometer and an Admiral Fitzroy, though with the exception of the chronometer, he's uncertain who owned what!!
Common knowledge thanks to Oxford Professor Halford Mackinder and author Danny Dorling with his book "Inequality and the 1%" that everyone with jobs traditionally placing them within the top 1% of society – as head teachers and doctors, are almost entirely excluded from that demographic rank, no matter how successful their career. But a different and constructive take for research is being exercised by Trend Watching in what it terms Post Demographic Consumerism .
The floor upon which the biggest fusion machine in the world will rely on has been constructed. The landmark achievement marks the conclusion to the works that started in August 2010 and represents an investment of around 100 million EUR for F4E, the European Union’s organisation responsible for Europe’s contribution to ITER.
In September the Virtual Reality Factory was launched in Coventry by Siemens to showcase UK's manufacturing potential and to urge the UK Government to provide tax reliefs for SME’s, encouraging investment in new productivity enhancing technologies - as well as industry funding for a ‘living laboratory.’ Already robots, sensor tools, Additive Manufacture & power cable developments are forging ahead in Europe, in the morph towards creating the fourth, probably to be quickly followed by the fifth Industrial revolution.
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission raises the issue as central in her last address as European Digital Commissioner. It is telling that three men are needed to replace her. "We have" she says made big strategic investments in essential research from 5G to electronics and robotics and more. But you can’t shape this world only from the top. Leaders at other levels and with different job descriptions have a responsibility to engage with this new digital world."
In October 2014 the European Commission invited the fusion community into the heart of the European Quarter, the Solvay Library, to officially launch the European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy, EUROfusion for short. The new consortium agreement will substitute the fourteen year-old European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA), as well as 29 bilateral Association agreements between the Commission and research institutions in 27 countries.
Gartner, Inc reveals its top predictions for IT organisations and IT users for 2015 and beyond and begins to examine a shift in the age old relationships between man and machine due to the emergence of digital business.
Analysts IDTechEx forecast electric vehicle sales in 37 categories, that variety increasing each year as new sectors become more substantial. Some such as golf cars are mature and not growing. Others, including electric motorcycles, cars, buses and yes, the unmanned electric aircraft, has news coming thick and fast with substantial sales being generated both by sale of the devices, and sale of services around them and the newest technology to equip them.
Two reports from the International Energy Agency imply solar power (thermal and photovoltaic) could by 2050 be the world’s largest source of electricity ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear. As USA NIST ) idevelops the measurement tools and techniques to characterise physical processes related to light absorption, energy transfer, and carrier dynamics in thin-film inorganic PV materials and devices, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in ZSW (Baden-Württemberg) has just set a new world record in TFT PV, with Stuttgart scientists achieving 21.7 percent efficiency with a CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide) solar cell.
Almost everyone with jobs that would traditionally place them within the top 1% of society – as head teachers and GPs – are no longer part of that elite group. Most people are entirely excluded from the top 1%, no matter how well they do in a career. Inequality in Britain rises at an astonishing rate.
As an ambitious, aggressive government campaign against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has begun in Sierra Leone, the disease's shape shifting expertise is revealed by an extensve team of researchers with the Scripps Research Institute while a Swedish geoinformatics expert urges the mappingof fruit bat habitats for disease causes and transmission.
Seven Fraunhofer Institutes have presented their latest developments in seafaring and navigation at the SMM Convention in Hamburg this month. while the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute Sintef MARINTEK believe that in 10-20 years there will be 200 metre cargo vessels plying the oceans without a captain or crew. But for this to happen, the emerging hard and soft technology will need to be seen working working on existing vessels.
AERTOs (Associated European Research and Technology Organisations) has started a 2-year research project to stimulate the development of the bio-based economy in Europe. It will also overcome technical hurdles in the innovation value chains. But in the case of TU Darmstadt they are preaching to the converted. There, biology professor Ralf Kaldenhoff is making microalgae fit for industry, microorganisms that could produce a variety of products from carbon dioxide to light.
This month the University of Amsterdam (below left showing solar panels) is starting a research project on the use of big data within companies and governmental institutions. A survey has been set up in cooperation with ORTEC Consulting Group in order to gather information about the adoption and implementation of big data applications among businesses.
A project to create an HPC network from Fujitsu, HighlandCouncil and the business group Energy North should create a Highland hub that will link to computer clusters initially in Wales (network based on six universities and private sector sites in Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea) and later Northern Ireland. That news comes as businesses in Scottish cities are urged by by Commsworld to take advantage of the ‘gilt-edged’ opportunity to improve their broadband and internet services, after disclosure that there had been surprisingly low uptake of the £100m Connected Voucher Scheme initiative for SME and charities .
Anyone who picks up "2040" by Graham Tottle and reads its back cover will certainly learn that the author is an Anglo-Scot. With forbearing seafarers from Orkney and Hull, there's understandably lots of lovely writing about boats and yachts, but equally inclusive of nuclear power, robots and surveillance. Obviously as the work of a Cambridge trained historian and computer scientist, you would expect and will find the novel to be truly scientific, dimensional and 'technology-couth.'
Everyone knows R2D2!! Now consider C2D2!! the Paraswift robot that has won an award in the ‘Prolongation of service life’ category in an international competition at the COIN (Concrete Innovation Conference ) on 13 June 2014 held for the first time this year.
A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.
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