A new report analyses future energy demand in Glasgow, the only Scottish contender among the other major UK cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield all preparing for an energy smart future.
The Farnborough International Airshow was believed to be a likely venue for breaking news on the UK’s spaceport plans. The biggest aircraft trade show in the UK is held once every two years this year runs from 16-22 July 2018
The TLPWIND project, led by Iberdrola Engineering & Construction (IEC) bringing together the expertise of the ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Catapult and University of Strathclyde, sees the development of a TLP (Tension Leg Platform) turbine foundation deliver a lightweight and stable solution for floating wind.
The current London bee tracking project together with the across-UK spread to restore the Black bee is just part of a major move by global countries to defend, protect and improve honey bees status. Witness recent developments in Oslo and America, where new data shows that a horrifying 40% of American honeybees died in a one-month -period ending in April. In Scotland, another approach can be found as Plan Bee is a finalist in the Scottish Beer Awards with its Beehive Brae Honey Beer.
Liberty House Group has purchased the UK plant of Mabey Bridge Renewables at Chepstow, South Wales, which was closed down in 2015, and is to use this to make steel wind towers from the company's recently acquired Scottish based steel mills. The equipment from the plant will be used in a new UK manufacturing centre that will supply the growing offshore wind market and the tidal lagoon power industry.
Parasitic nematode worms are the `hidden enemy’ of farmers world-wide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year. Now an international research (the collaboration of some 15 Universities and research bodies, led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute) has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the yellow potato cyst nematode (PCN), giving scientists new insights into how it can be stopped.
Research carried out by University of Glasgow academics describes how double-stranded DNA splits using de-localised sound waves, that are the hallmark of quantum effects. The paper is published today in "Nature Communications".
A new study in "Science", has researchers from Uppsala University find larval fish exposed to microplastic particles during development display changed behaviours and had stunted growth, leading to greatly increased mortality rates. The researchers also discover larval perch that had access to microplastic particles only ate plastic and ignored their natural food source of free-swimming zooplankton. This study comes as the BBC reports Bangor University marine biologist Dr Andrew Davies saying researchers have noticed the tiny plastic spheres in the guts and gills of plankton.
According to "Tech City UK’s 2016 report, Scotland only scores with three tech clusters, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. Over 21,300 people are estimated to work in digital roles across Edinburgh and are among the highest paid in the sector across the UK. The city’s appeal for digital businesses as well as skilled, digital workers has a positive impact on local commercial and property markets; hospitality and retail; and help to drive the growth of digital learning in our universities.
Pinnacle CDT a data, telecoms and IT support services provider to nearly 1,000 customers from Glasgow and Stockton-on-Tees offices, last year posted a net loss on sales of £6.7m, before tax and head office costs of £0.2m. In a recent giddy rush of activity the company has now executed five acquisitions and three disposals in some four months.
SWAN announces that North Lanarkshire Council has joined the Scottish Wide Area Network, a single public services network for the use of all public service organisations within Scotland. SWAN is being delivered through a framework contract with Capita IT Enterprise Services.
In April, Clyde Space opened its first subsidiary company in the USA. The UK then woke up to a local company with the increased clean room manufacturing capacity for major UK build satellites. This month the Clyde Space has a £1 million order to build four such satellites for the UK Government-backed programme that aims to develop fast, regular and more affordable access to space.
As Glasgow-based Plan Bee Ltd springs into action with a splendid new brochure, busy internet pages and the indefatigable Warren Bader (below left) looking for a Beehive development executive. In the USA, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is in the process of reviewing the impact of three neonicotinoids, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran –– as well as seeing how other species, such as butterflies and aquatic animals, are affected by pesticides. The work is scheduled to be unveiled in December.
A Glasgow tech incubator is launching an ambitious start-up school for teens which will give them the chance to pitch their ideas to real life investors. Working alongside Glasgow City Council and Skills Development Scotland, RookieOven is giving 16-18-year-olds from Glasgow the chance to take part in its first pioneering Academy programme, during which they will devise creative digital product ideas and turn them into the foundations of a solid business.
Professor Douglas Paul, a University of Glasgow physicist has received the Institute of Physics President’s Medal of which only eight such medals have been presented since the award’s inception in 1998. He joins such recipients as particle physicist and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox in 2012 and World Wide Web inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee in 2006.
The potential to develop new drugs to target a class of enzymes implicated in major diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative conditions has been boosted with the development of a new drug discovery method in a research effort led by the University of Dundee.
University of Glasgow and Queen’s University, Belfast, along with 12 industry partners, are creating a new CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) an initial 50 PhD students in integrative photonics and its applicability to data storage and information processing.
Professor John Reilly, of the University of Strathclyde's School of Psychological Sciences & Health, is one of 17 members in the working international panel group appointed by the WHO (World Health Organisation) to help find solutions to childhood obesity.
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