Hunting for the gift for the person who has everything? How about a new, limited edition, made to order, GOLD drone. Those with the taste for opulence can now add a customised DJI Phantom 4 which comes adorned in a 24-carat gold-plating.
News that the Earlham Institute launches the first CyVerse-UK hub for ‘big data’ analysis, comes suitably on World Statistics day as Earlham Institute establishes the first UK dedicated HPC (high-performance computing) cluster for international data portal ‘CyVerse’ - providing free, open-source genome analysis for ‘big data’ research.
Finland HQ Tieto, with more than 13 000 experts in close to 20 countries, a turnover of approximately €1.5 billion with shares listed on NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm appoints an Artificial Intelligence as a member of the leadership team of its new data-driven businesses unit. Called Alicia T the AI is the first to be nominated to a leadership team in an OMX-listed company. AI will help the management team to become truly data-driven and will assist the team in seeking innovative ways to pursue the significant opportunities of the data-driven world.
The world’s most powerful tidal turbine, developed and made by engineering company Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd, has been installed on moorings at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney as part of site commissioning and testing. The 2MW SR2000 floating turbine was towed to site by Green Marine’s vessel the Green Isle. Leaving Kirkwall at 9am on 12th October it connected to its moorings on the Fall of Warness by 3pm. Adhering to engineering a low cost, low risk approach to their turbine solution: Scotrenewables completed construction and installation on site for the 2MW unit, including installation of the 500 tonne turbine itself, using locally available workboat vessels.
University of Huddersfield Institute of Railway Research (IRR) experts are working with engineering giant Siemens to develop an inexpensive and easily-fitted sensor that could turn virtually every rail vehicle into a track monitor, detecting and transmitting vital information about the condition of rails and rail bed throughout the network. Result would not only be improvements in safety and reliability, but also provide major efficiency gains and cost savings for network operators, plus improved ride quality for passengers.
Powerbox Sweden, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies has four decades of optimising power use for demanding applications. It now introduces two new board mounted DC/DC converters to power industrial and railway applications; the extra wide input, ultra high power density
Drones can be used to locate earthquake victims, fight fires, save lives, go fishing, assess the extent of agricultural damage and take forest inventories. Almost every day new applications arise for them. But it is not just a matter of drones: In the future, unmanned systems will be changing the nature of transport on land and sea and CeBIT 2017 (20–24 March, Mon.–Fri.) will expand the drones showcase
Following last years Silicon to Systems event, NMI have this year partnered with IMEC and DSP Valley to bring you the latest in how to develop low cost Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) for almost any application. Many people are put off designing ASICs because they think it’s too hard, too expensive or they don’t have the skills. This conference aims to show that an ASIC could be easier and less costly than you think. It will show a range of strategies that can be used to successfully implement an ASIC solution even in low to moderate volumes.
A new report outlining the investment case for pumped storage hydro has set out 20 key benefits of the technology’s UK expansion. In the DNV GL study, funded by the Scottish Government, SSE, and ScottishPower, the report also identifies political and economic barriers facing “one of the most cost-effective options for grid-scale energy storage.”
Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and awarded £250,000 to 12 projects, expected to reach a total of 10,500 young people across the country by March 2017. Now an additional £150,000 has now been made available in response to the high number of applications received for first round funding. Applications open 3 October via Public Contracts Scotland. Eligible organisations can bid for grants from £1,500 to a maximum £25,000 per project to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.
The quantum revolution is afoot. Physicists are learning to harness quantum phenomena with ever-greater precision, quantum computers are becoming a reality, and a number of quantum technologies are already in use. Such technological advancement poses an important question: how will the era of quantum technology affect our lives? In a live webcast October 5, Michele Mosca will explore quantum technologies – those that already exist and those yet to come – and how they will affect our lives.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will expand its lineup of GaN-HEMPT (Gallium Nitride High Electron Mobility Transistors) to include units with 100W and 70W output power for use in satellite earth stations utilising the Ku-band* The new 100W GaN-HEMT offers output power that is among the highest currently available, according to Mitsubishi Electric’s own research as of September 27. Mitsubishi Electric begin shipping samples on October 1.
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.
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