Local authorities and businesses in the UK are being encouraged to consider how they might respond to "improbable" or "unforeseen" disruption, including that prompted by developments in technology as Pinset Mason a leading academic warns that the business support infrastructure in Scotland hinders the ability of businesses to ‘scale-up’, as a “preoccupation” with technology firms was skewing the available funding.
Tom Sapsted,`(below left) director, Nuclear Energy Insider writes that SMR (Small Modular Reactors) represent a huge opportunity for the UK in terms of IP and supply chain development. If the UK government and industry commit now, Britain could become a world leader in the nextgen nuclear.
The wide range of robotic work currently being undertaken makes it hard to keep up with developments that range from a smart mobile outdoor robotic trash bin to motivate students in cleanliness campaigns, to ensuring an assistive robot partner is both expressive and communicative so being likely to make it more satisfying to work with and leading users to trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes!
What Albert Einstein famously dismissed as “Spooky action at a distance” in 2015 finds the universe officially proven to be weird! Many decades of research, and a series of experiments show that distant, entangled objects can, seemingly, interact with each other through what Einstein dismissed “Spooky action at a distance”.
New research identifies future threats to, and opportunities for insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles that pollinate wild flowers and crops: 35% of global crop production and 85% of wild flowering plants rely on hard-working pollinators to thrive. Researchers urge proactive prevention, not slow reactive mitigation, and they need the continuation of positive steps in order to reduce chemical usage across landscapes.
New research suggests that it is possible to create a new form of light, by binding light to a single electron, combining the properties of both. According to the scientists behind the study, from Imperial College London, the coupled light and electron would have properties that could lead to circuits that work with packages of light – photons – instead of electrons. It would also allow researchers to study quantum physical phenomena, which govern particles smaller than atoms, on a visible scale.
Solar scientists are putting Scotland on the world map and a September conference will see academia and industry meeting in Edinburgh, as a hub for research into solar power, with scientists from 10 universities probing the potential of this rapidily developing renewable energy source.
RUMPEL, a ground-breaking hyperdata web browser that makes it simpler for people to access and use online data about themselves, is being rolled out to the public this month, as a revolutionary web browser lets you lead a smarter life when you get a HAT
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has led some data professionals to think they will no longer be affected by the EU’s GPDR (General Data Protection Regulation) due to come into effect by 2018. Andy Beale, CTO (chief technology officer) for the British government is a keynote speaker for September’s Technology Leaders Summit. “Although it’s very early days, there are some misconceptions around the impact of Brexit on the many thousands of organisations responsible for storage and managing of sensitive personal data,” notes, VP of EMEA, Ground Labs, John Cassidy.
TETRACOM coordinator Rainer Leupers (below right) Professor of Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems at RWTH Aachen, commented: ‘Being a co-founder of several companies myself, I’m particularly glad that our project has also helped European start-ups get off the ground by transferring key technologies that contribute to the core of their product offer. I’m excited to see this level of industrial impact from a European project and I cordially wish them long-term market success.’
Siemens founded in 1847 starts up its Next47 initiative to foster disruptive ideas and accelerate new technologies development more vigorously, The new unit will have funding of €1 billion for the first five years and the unit will be headed by CTO Siegfried Russwurm on an acting basis.
Sofant Technologies Limited the pioneering Scottish RF smart software muscled antenna designer appoints David Wither as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) following their earlier news this year of raising over £1.5 million in European funding.
From 29-30 June this year, Re-Work, Berlin is where Machine Learning meets Artificial Intelligence, in the Rise of Intelligent Machines to make sense of data. Interestingly out of 50 speakers, only 3 are women. Out of 250 delegates, there is as yet no breakdown available.
To study the brain cell’s operation and test the effect of medication on individual cells, the conventional Petri dish with flat electrodes is not sufficient. For truly realistic studies, cells have to flourish within three-dimensional surroundings.
From fusion to pharmaceuticals, not to mention the human brain project, Brexit will setback major R&D technology projects and the UK may face losing its very excellent R&D status. Something similar is being seen this week, as China's installed supercomputers overtake those in America. Back in the UK even Apps developers question growth without EU partnership
Nesta's report “The Fusion Effect” has found that 'fused’ companies, or those that combine art and science skills in their workforce: Show 8% higher sales growth than science-only firms. Are 2% more likely to bring radical innovations to market. Employ approximately 3.5 million people - despite being around a tenth of UK companies - and employ roughly a fifth of all workers.
The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding programme is supporting the largest and most ambitious assessment of deep-sea Atlantic ecosystems ever undertaken through the €9 million ATLAS (A trans-Atlantic assessment and deep-sea ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe) project, which kicked-off on 13-15 June 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Industry 4.0 revolution blurs that line between physical and virtual worlds, forcing manufacturers to accelerate digital modernisation. With the sector facing the possibility of a third recession in the space of a decade, the future of manufacturing holds both serious threats as well as significant opportunities.
At last, a didactic robot organised to teach children software coding together with a host of games, depending on sensors. Expect others to follow suit. Like the mobile phone and the tablet, the didactic robot like a dog or cat, could be everyone's friend and learn to answer back!
To celebrate the Royal Astronomical Society’s 200th Anniversary, North Wales based artists Jessica Lloyd-Jones and Ant Dickinson have created a sensory installation of light, colour, optics and sound inspired by astronomy. The exhibit is on display at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Flint, north Wales, until 4 June.
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