Mudskippers provided an evolutionary model for scientists to create a robot that helps learn how early vertebrates may have moved from sea to land, Mudskipper go clumsily about its land business. These fish spend a lot of their lives squirming and squiggling around outside the water, breathing through their skins and holding water in their mouths and gill chambers. Yet though their movements might appear random and ungainly, mudskippers are dexterous enough to climb trees, have no problem dragging themselves around by their pectoral fins in sand, mud, or over slimy rocks. Because of this, they make great study subjects for researchers trying to figure out just how the first vertebrates hoisted themselves out of the sea roughly 360 million years ago.
Haydale Graphene Industries in South Wales has completed the acquisition of Innophene co and this month will launch a graphene-enhanced 3D printer component. Haydale developed a patented scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nano materials in such fields as inks, sensors, energy storage, composites, paints and coatings. This enabling technology can provide Haydale with a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers.
Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund is to make an additional £150,000 available to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.Applications will open in early October and eligible organisations will be able to bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project. The Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and is part of a wider programme of activity dedicated to developing digital skills and making extracurricular computing science activities available to all young people aged 16 and under, whatever their background and wherever they live in Scotland.
Gaberlunzie ponders on Apple's latest moves with white paper bags and discussions with McLaren Technology group and can only conclude that as the falling apple brought gravity to Newton, so for Apple the white paper bag will maybe wrap up the McLaren deal!
Cicor a leading international high-tech industrial group based in Boudry, Switzerland specialising in printed circuit boards, microelectronics and electronic solutions, has launched a new technology platform called DenciTec. DenciTec enables a uniquely high density of integrated functions for printed circuit boards, with high throughput and attractive costs. With DenciTec, the potential for further miniaturization is moving in a direction that offers great benefits.
In July last year, Aberdeen engineering design firm, Cadherent moved its 20 staff into the C-listed warehouse on the city’s North Esplanade West, which, built 1937 was retrofitted and modernised for business use. Caretaker’s House was built by John Bisset & Sons, and previously accommodated Unilever and Aberdeen Mineral Water Co.
A woman, but also one of the UK’s leading figures in the field of engineering (amazement! wonder!) is to receive an honorary doctorate from Huddersfield University. Professor Dame Ann Dowling will receive the award of Honorary Doctorate of the University for her services to engineering and will collects her award at the November Awards Ceremonies.
Scottish farmers are to be forced to apply to the Scottish Government for loans, due to mismanagement of the £178 million computer system that has failed to pay out their EU support last year and which ministers admit is still not ready to make payments. It seems that major computer systems in Scotland for the Police and NHS are par for the course with the lack of Farming payment.
Aberdeen City Council is to install a fibre network across the city to provide enhanced digital services to residents, businesses and visitors and also allow for on-line remote work for job seekers. The Council has joined SWAN (Scottish Wide Area Network) this month. The Capita IT Enterprise Services managed network, will link together the council’s 188 educational and corporate establishments. Over the next year, the Council will introduce the fibre infrastructure to the majority of its sites to enable it to meet its ambitious digital city plans.
ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless IoT (Internet of Things), announces UL – a global safety science organisation – as the newest independent authorised test service provider accredited to support ZigBee Alliance certification programs. UL will offer ZigBee testing at two of its labs: Fremont, California, Basingstoke, UK. Expansion to a fifth lab to provide ZigBee-specific testing, validates the prevalence and significance of ZigBee-based products as hundreds of market-moving members design and develop IoT-focused devices for today’s connected world.
Atlantis has officially unveiled the MeyGen project, the world’s largest free-stream tidal power array. Jenny Hogan, director of Policy for Scottish Renewables (below left) notes ”Scotland has been at the forefront of tidal energy innovation for many years, from design to testing, and now – with the MeyGen project – deployment. Our waters have the lion’s share of the UK’s tidal stream resources, so it makes perfect sense that we utilise that advantage by installing devices like those developed by Atlantis.
An international Conference on Embedded into Everyday Computers brings together experts from academia, industry and fashion/gadget exhibition newest prototypes. Computers an important tool in daily life, whether as a PC or a smartphone will In future, increasingly merge with the everyday objects such as a watch, display glasses, sensor clothing and much more to support the user. Scientists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers and users are to exchange upon their products and visions at a conference co-organized by KIT ISWC /UbiComp from 12 to 16 September 2016 in Heidelberg about this trend of digitization.
Futurist and humanist Gerd Leonhard explores the critical challenges and choices we face in balancing mankind’s urge to upgrade and automate everything (including human biology itself) with our timeless quest for freedom and happiness in his new book.
In collaboration with Sungkyunkwan University, researchers from the Centre for Integrated Nanostructure Physics within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), have devised a new memory device inspired by the neuron connections of the human brain. Research, published in Nature Communications, highlights the devise’s highly reliable performance, long retention time and endurance. More, stretchability and flexibility makes it a promising tool for the next-gen soft electronics attached to clothes or body.
IBM has revealed more information about Power9, its nextgen CPU, the hero that will regain market share ceded to Intel. Currently being built on GlobalFoundries 14nm finFET process, Power9 will be the heart of power servers by the second half of 2017. Both a brand new core as well as new chip architecture, IBM has optimised it for for HPC workloads, hyperscale, analytics and machine learning applications.
Telia Carrier has established a new point of presence (PoP) within Jaguar Network’s Marseilles data centre, the second PoP Telia Carrier has established in Marseilles to provide carriers, content and cloud providers with diverse connectivity choices and added network redundancy. The new PoP improves the resiliency of Telia Carrier’s existing wholesale IP Transit, Wavelength and Ethernet services provided from both locations.
Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp is reported to be in the final stages of negotiations to acquire the US chipmaker Intersil Corp for as much as Y300 billion or £2239914000. An agreement on this deal, would be the latest in a consolidating trend among global chipmakers.
Finland, with its long land border to Russia having maintained strict neutrality through the Cold War, is negotiating a defence collaboration agreement with the United States and aims to sign it this autumn, its defence minister said on Monday. Simultaneously VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland sees positive opportunities for the growth of the electronics industry in Finland, and is developing its research, development and manufacturing capabilities in the Micronova semiconductor fabrication facility in Espoo.
IoT emerges in Glasgow with STREAM Technologies which has developed software focused on the fast-growing Internet of Things, is to create 20 jobs in Glasgow, as it aims for an annual turnover increase from £5.5m to £20 million by 2018. The mobile network services specialist is being supported by a £200,000 Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise job creation coincides with a move to bigger premises, at Skypark in Glasgow.
AstraQom UK, a subsidiary of the world’s largest local business VoIP provider and telecommunications cloud architecture operator, has opened of its new headquarters at Cranfield University Technology Park, Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom.
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