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.
A major new exhibition showcasing a collection of significant artwork inspired by D’Arcy Thompson will open at the University of Dundee’s Tower Foyer and Lamb Galleries on Friday, 30th May, and partially helps fill that real void created by the recent fire at Glasgow's Rene MacIntosh School of Art, that has lost its library, but saved its iconic building.
Scientists in the journal "Neuron" describe a system of slowly conducting nerves in the skin that respond to gentle touch. In a world where human touch is becoming more and more of a rarity it is more important to recognise just how vital emotional touch is to all humankind.”
One-sixth of Scotland's electricity demands could be met by fitting solar panels on a quarter of a million roofs, experts attending a conference will hear and scientists say the strategy (largely ignored in favour of wind and hydro power) could ease the plight of one in three households, which currently struggle to provide themselves with adequate heat and hot water. But as yet the experts have to convince Scotland's major energy suppliers, who do not seem keen to promote this renewable.
Monitoring by SEPA (Scotland's Environmental Protection Agency) has found traces of nonylphenols - chemicals dubbed gender benders and known to disrupt hormones and cause sex change - in the Clyde, the Kelvin, the Water of Leith, the Tay, the Ness, the Don and 14 other rivers. Rather ominously no SEPA monitoring of farmed fish processing at Wester Ross Fisheries means no record of any environmental pollution or illegal discharges.
An implicit future scenario for Scottish fish farming is the current ten large fish farms moving to sites deeper offshore, while their existing polluted locations are sold on to smaller 'slum' farm concerns with a follow on devastation of the region and its sea life.
Scottish Enterprise has made a Proof of Concept Fund Award of £500k to Professor Lee Cronin from Glasgow University School of Chemistry. The finance is to support prototyping and demonstrator development of a new (80% cost reduction) combined electrolyser-&-fuel-cell system. This exploits a major 'materials' innovation from the Cronin Lab to generate an inorganic fuel used to produce hydrogen or electricity on demand.
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