The recent studies into the Gheko's sticky-footed ability, and developments with self-organising thousand-robot swarms based on biological collectives, shows that the hard engineering approach to robotic development is maturing into much softer skills facilities to develop adaptable robotic skills based on 'soft' living entities.
Already operating successfully in Bantry, West Cork, Norwegian contained tank fish farming company, Niri AS has now chosen the Gaydon hanger at the Macrihanish Airbase as its site in Scotland. It brings its desirable contained fish farming operation as opposed to the existing numerous sea-cage fish farm systems with their lice and worrying pollution problems.
Amazon is putting considerable pressure on authors and boutique publishers. While some blame Amazon for greed, other insist that the big revolution for writers and other content producers will not account Amazon, but rather from encouraging startups like Patreon.
European researchers of the projects NanoBioTouch and NanoBioTact into nano-engineering biomimetic tactile sensors, a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme has reached its 2nd phase.
Dr Martin PH Lavery from Glasgow University is awarded one of the seven Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships awarded to engineering researchers whose projects have the potential to bring radical innovation to their fields. His work will focus on a revolution in expanding optical data transmission.
Gaberlunzie having just returned refreshed from his sojourn in the Lowther hills, sees that Google has a great Commonwealth Games Doodle, but what has Google got against animation? All those lovely games we used to get to waste time on and take our minds off terrorists, wars and shotdown planes. Animated play box please Google!
In 2013 over 13, 642 incidents reported to the UK regulator related to faulty medical equipment, which led to over 300 deaths and almost 5,000 serious injuries. Low priority given to NHS engineers is leading to problems caused by faulty medical equipment, cancelled operations and bad value for taxpayers money.
Bluesky, creator of the first ever National Tree Map, is working with researchers at the University of Leicester to investigate airborne mapping systems used to identify diseases in trees. UK tree health has been increasingly in the news over recent years, Phytophthora ramorum affecting larch trees, Chalara dieback of ash and the Dothistroma needle blight on pine trees being just some examples.
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. shows off the world’s smallest 2-watt wireless power receiver and battery charger, as delivering leading technology in a compact package ideal for small form factors, including wearable applications.
Haydale of South Wales, with a patent pending proprietary scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nanomaterials using a dry, low-energy process, avoiding the need to use potentially harsh 'wet' chemicals or acids has announced a major consulting agreement with InVentures Group to accelerate the commercial application of its patent for plasma functionalisation technology in graphene, carbon nanotubes and other high performance nanomaterial systems.xv
Critically acclaimed and bestselling crime writer Val McDermid is to have the new mortuary at the University of Dundee named after her. One of a group of leading crime writers who lent their support to the University’s `Million for a Morgue’ campaign, where the public were asked to donate money to the campaign and vote for which writer they would like the morgue to be named after. Her runner up is Stuart MacBride whom the University is to name a dissecting room after for his passionate support of the campaign.
It has been an eight year journey to secure .scot - dictated by ICANN's application and selection process. Now for the first time, it will now be possible for the Scottish community to identify itself on-line. This will open up new possibilities for business, as well as for arts, music and language. Previously, anyone wanting a domain name in Gaelic had to use the Anglicised version of their name. Now .scot can handle all six Scottish languages and dialects.
Hewlett Packard and its legal advisors announce reaching an agreement to settle shareholder derivative litigation arising from the acquisition of Autonomy, subject to court approval but will bring claims against Lynch, Hussain and potentially others. Meantime Invoke Capital has been set up by Lunch raising $1billion, investing in Darktrace and other young technology companies.
As the 68 turbine Harestanes wind farm near Moffat officially opens, Scotland’s wave and solar renewables may start to balance Scotland's energy portfolio with Nautricity joining forces with Canadian Fundy Tidal Inc to develop a 500kw commercial tidal project in Nova Scotia, and planners consider a PV (photovoltaics) farm for one of Scotland’s largest solar resources to be located outside Arbroath.
The fanfare of Google’s Glass headset introduction to the UK this week run into hassles from data protection rules. Retailing at about $1,700 (£998) compared to $1,500 (£880) in the United States, Glass lets users stream online information as emails or map instructions onto a lens screen as well as take pictures and video of their surroundings and other people.
As a Scottish manufacturer is independently advised not to bank in Scotland because his firm’s deposit will not be underwritten by the Bank of England in light of a Yes vote as there is no bank of last resort, it becomes a speculative matter as to what will become of UK’s Green Investment Bank based in Edinburgh. This world first to specialise only in the green economy – making a green impact as well as making financial returns and has recently reported on its first year's work with £3 billion of public money but makes no mention of September 18th
Technology consultancy FarrPoint has been scooping up talent to further business expansion with technology and security specialists, David Myatt and Simon Bennett having joined the business this month and the appointment of Agnieszka Stachowia as graduate consultant.
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