IBM Research announced today that for the first time ever it is making quantum computing available to members of the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM’s quantum processor. IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device. IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today’s supercomputers.
Patented technology allows users to work with a state of the art ceramic printing system with stable and easy-to-clean materials. Both materials and machine designs are tested for more then 5.000 production hours in the job-shop that Admatec has run since 2013, probably the longest ceramic printing experience in the world and one that continuously result in innovations. Currently the novelty is with the material reconditioning system that allows the customer to re-use all the material guaranteeing 100% effective use of material.
Where robots may be the religion of some, in Bejing the robot monk Xian'er teaches Buddhism. In the west, SpatialSound Wave from Fraunhofer means sound can be freely positioned so that visual and acoustic events coincide realistically. Zurich Opera House has used the 3Dl sound since January with sound technicians adjusting sound effects live and enlarge spaces acoustically.
Heat dissipation in electronics and optoelectronics is a wicked bottleneck in the further development of systems in these fields. To come to grips with this issue, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an efficient way of cooling electronics using functionalised graphene nanoflakes. The results are published in “Nature Communications”.
The launch of the new IT system at NHS 24 - already three years late and £50 million over budget, again runs into disorganised systems, adding technical difficulties. Don't hold your breath for the launch date yet!
Four years ago in October Sophant Technologies launched its software muscled antenna. Now the pioneering Sofant Technologies Ltd has secured €1.97 million (£1.54 million) of European funding. The investment, part of the €3 billion Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme will be used to take Sofant’s patented technology to market, potentially doubling battery life for mobile devices and greatly reducing antenna energy usage.
Dell launches its Entrepreneurial Growth Programme for Scottish scale-ups and where successful Scotland-based scale-ups will be chosen to receive technology, training and access to Dell events. Applicants’ submissions will be assessed based on strength of business plan, growth and the innovation potential.
Kite Power Solutions (KPS) founded in 2011 in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK to develop a low cost solution to harness energy from the wind using kites, has received funding from the UK DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) Energy Entrepreneurs Fund (EEF) and other private sector funders. In February the KPS-led consortium was awarded a £1million development.
The European Parliament has passed the final vote for the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). These approved new data protection rules will strengthen online privacy, streamline legislation between the 28 member states and boost police and security cooperation.
Physicist Professor Burkard Hillebrands from the University of Kaiserslautern receives an ERC Advanced Grant, one of the highest awards from the European Research Council. The Grant is endowed with an amount of more than €2.4 million euros. With this funding Hillebrands will open up a new field of research: supermagnonics. He and his team will investigate macroscopic magnonic quantum phenomena with the aim to make data processing significantly more efficient.
ALLOS Semiconductors, Dresden, Germany has transferred its latest generation GaN-on-Si epiwafer technology in under twelve weeks to a major international industry player. This is part of a comprehensive joint project to accelerate the
GaN-on-Si power semiconductor product development of that customer.
Iceland is considering investing up to £3 billion to install a subsea power cable from the Highlands of Iceland to Britain, to deliver 1000MW [the equivalent of a modest power station] of reliable renewable energy on demand.
No prizes for guessing who is expanding and has a new website!! You can hear them cheering even in Edinburgh! Clyde Space, the pioneering Glasgow based company that designed and made Scotland’s first satellite, is to open its first subsidiary company in the United States. CEO Craig Clark reveals that rising demand for the company’s pace-space setting products, has increased current manufacturing capacity with an additional 2,500 sq.ft ‘clean room’ for building and testing satellites.
Computer scientist, inventor and author Ray Kurzweil (top left) working on “How to create a mind” wants to start a company to develop his ideas about how to build a “truly intelligent computer” defining that as a machine that could understand language, make inferences and create its own decisions.
Gaberlunzie was sent a lovely new blog link that covers "The Future" Having nearly fallen for the lovely astronomical Huntie Gowk ( Gaber is still pondering if it might not yet turn out true?) Anyhow this new Blog has the alluring title, "Into Forward" so of course he was hooked!!
With our partners SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL), PML Applications Ltd and AkzoNobel, ORE Catapult is seeking to evaluate marine growth and biofouling effects across the offshore renewable energy industry. The team has undertaken a feasibility study that will identify areas of particular concern and knowledge gaps that determine the need for a predictive biofouling tool and sensor.
Despite the hopeful writings of "Financial Times" and "For Argyll", "Accounting Web" discloses that the finance director of embattled manufacturer Tata Steel has stated the company’s UK assets have a book value of “almost zero”. In the wake of the announcement that the company plans to sell its UK steel business, Tata FD Koushik Chatterjee said that the Indian firm had “taken about £2bn of impairment”.
A human brain study using 3D printing technology to grow cells to mimic a real brain, wins the Elsevier’s Atlas award. Other circles show that stimulating the brain could improve language learning and stimulate bettter athletic performance.
A research project underway will assess how the Scottish Planning System can effectively support delivery of world class connectivity in Scotland. Bidwells and FarrPoint are jointly undertaking the project on behalf of the Scottish Government to produce evidence-based recommendations on the scope for legislative changes to further increase Permitted Development rights for electronic communications infrastructure.
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