VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland has developed a unique solution to measure in-store shopper’s intentions. The implementation respects privacy -with no identity information about shoppers being collected. The objective is to start commercial deliveries in spring 2017.
Technology developed at the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) in South Africa is an ingenious new-generation fingerprinting sensing technology using high-speed, large-volume OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The device will contribute both to law enforcement and forensics in general.
Follow-up to the successful Go-Lab project, the European Union and the Swiss government have jointly made €6.3 million available for the Next-Lab project aimed to bring about large-scale changes in the way that science, engineering and technology are taught throughout Europe.
Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics at Nottingham University has led an international team of astronomers to find the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies, twenty times more than previously thought. [ [Latest revision 100 – 200 billion galaxies]. Work begun with seed-corn funding from the Royal Astronomical Society is published in the" Astrophysical Journal." Portsmouth University astrophysicists create the largest Universe map tracking cosmic voids and superclusters and used to measure the effect of dark energy `stretching’ the Universe, results that confirm the predictions of Einstein’s theory of gravity.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences reports that the world's first experimental quantum communication satellite is running well and that the official experiments will start in November, when all the in-orbit tests have been completed. The news came on the heels of the 2016 Cambridge Wireless Technology & Engineering Conference .
Cambridge Wireless is to have a final pitch event for its Discovering Start-Ups 2016 competition, on Wednesday 19 October sponsored and hosted by Deloitte UK at 2 New Street Square, London. Ten finalists will pitch their disruptive technologies and business plans to a panel of 27 expert judges, that include leading tech-business executives and investors as ARM, Barclays, BT, Deloitte, Google, Oxford Capital, Samsung and UK Business Angels.
The Netherlands becomes the eleventh country to ratify the UPC (Unified Patent Court) Agreement of 29 Sep 2016 following France, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Sweden and Finland in implementing national legislation endorsing the UPC agreement. This needs to be officially ratified by at least 13 EU countries, including France, Germany and, as it stands, the UK, for the Agreement to take effect.
Using topology, Kosterlitz and Thouless described a topological phase transition in a thin layer of very cold matter. In the cold, vortex pairs form and then suddenly separate at the temperature of the phase transition. This was one of the twentieth century’s most important discoveries in the physics of condensed matter. (Illustration below) coutesy Johan Jarnestad.
Teradyne ATE (Automatic Test Equipment) is used testing semiconductors, wireless products, data storage and complex electronic systems, for consumer, communications, industrial and government customers. The Industrial Automation products includes Collaborative Robots, used by global manufacturing and light industrial customers to improve quality and increase manufacturing efficiency. In 2015, Teradyne has revenues of $1.64 billion and employs approximately 4,200 people worldwide.
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.
Thor3D, a company based in Moscow, Russia, has emerged thanks to Andrey Klimov (below) the creator of the technology behind the single scanner he envisioned as being invaluable being able to be used by different university departments on a range of different sized items.
Atlantis has officially unveiled the MeyGen project, the world’s largest free-stream tidal power array. Jenny Hogan, director of Policy for Scottish Renewables (below left) notes ”Scotland has been at the forefront of tidal energy innovation for many years, from design to testing, and now – with the MeyGen project – deployment. Our waters have the lion’s share of the UK’s tidal stream resources, so it makes perfect sense that we utilise that advantage by installing devices like those developed by Atlantis.
Futurist and humanist Gerd Leonhard explores the critical challenges and choices we face in balancing mankind’s urge to upgrade and automate everything (including human biology itself) with our timeless quest for freedom and happiness in his new book.
Huddersfield University scientists and engineers have scored in excellence with work for the European LHC (Large Hadron Collider) building a new faster system for CERN, while Pprofessor Ted Charsley becomes the first Briton to deliver the prestigious Robert Mackenzie Memorial Lecture at Orlando
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.
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