Announcing the launch of Data Talent Scotland, The Data Lab’s CEO Gillian Docherty, says that thanks to a unique ecosystem, Scotland has genuine potential to become a global centre for all things data. However, industry and academia must work together to ensure that a shortage of skills does not stifle growth.
Damien Anderson, a computer science researcher at the University of Strathclyde, has won the prestigious Scotland-wide award the Robertson Medal, from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, presented annually by the Trust to the most outstanding student on its PhD scholarship programme.
UK farming business futures look uncertain warns a new report on the agricultural implications of leaving the EU. Written by University of Warwick academic, Professor Wyn Grant with a working party set up by the Farmer-Scientist Network, the report covers topics as diverse as impact on single farm payment, regulation, plant protection, world trade, animal health, welfare and migrant labour.
The UK Border Agency has stopped processing applications for Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visas. Those on Tier 4 student visas wishing to remain in the UK after graduation now need to qualify for a Tier 2 visa. In many cases only graduates who have an offer of a skilled job from a sponsoring employer under Tier 2 of the points-based system will be able to stay and work in the UK. What says the Scottish CDO?
Regional NHS, together with Google, IBM and Phillips are part of the partnership that with seven regional universities will create Test Bed centres. First wave locations are Surrey, Sussex, Lancashire, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester. Simultaneously Lancaster University is owrking on a £2m suite of Ultralow Noise labs for quantum technology research.
Exova, the Edinburgh-based testing group, has been quietly acquiring expertise, perhaps to diversify from the oil business. With some 144 laboratories, offices in 32 countries and employing 4,500 it offers testing and advisory service on safety, quality and performance of products and operations. Established in 1995, the business supports over 170 customers across the UK and Ireland.
It’s never a dull life when you stand up for education!” writes Concert pianist James Rhodes. “We received some great news just before Christmas, the Government has agreed to keep funding music education hubs in England with £75 million of ring-fenced funding. But wait for it: creative arts are now to be squeezed out of the education system!
On Dec. 12, 2015, in Paris, 196 countries mustered historic unanimity to begin to curtail the worst impacts of climate change, including drought, flooding and unbearable heat that could threaten coastal cities and cause mass migration, leading to major conflict. The rapid in rise in atmospheric CO2 as a product of burning fossil fuels has, over time, overwhelmed the carbon recycling process that kept climate and temperatures more or less stable—and which is itself a feature of plate tectonics. Once again, therefore, the inner mechanics of the Earth are playing a pivotal role in human affairs—putting the geo in geopolitics
Close on NESTA 2016 predictions, Strategy Analytics publishes a report on 10 key trends that are to shape the digital media landscape next year – ranging from streaming services to ad blocking, and programmatic to Virtual Reality.
Quantum cryptography is considered a fully secure encryption method, but Linköping and Stockholm Universities' reserchers discover that this is not always the case. They find energy-time entanglement – the method that is the basis for many QC systems today – is vulnerable to attack.
Back in November 2015 the John Muir Trust, the conservation charity asked its members to pledge cash to legal funds as the charity faced being slammed with a large bill for costs incurred by Scottish Government and SSE (Scottish & Southern Energy) if the JMT challenge against the Stronelairg wind farm development was unsuccessful.
Fiona Hyslop is taken to task by "The Sunday Herald" that publishes an open letter today from the paper’s theatre critic Mark Brown to Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, in which he savages Creative Scotland’s strategy plans for the 'jargon' it uses, referring to it as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘market obsessed.’
UK’s four Quantum Technologies Hubs yesterday at The first Quantum Technology Showcase held in London had 300 hundred delegates from industry, business and government hearing how UK’s £270 million NQTP (National Quantum Technologies Programme) is drawing the country’s research base together, with industry, research funding bodies and other government agencies to accelerate the transition of new technologies from the laboratory to industry. Alas, no women Hub leaders!
A high wind-turbine farm of 13 units proposed for moorland below the Corrieyairack Pass, south of Forth Augustus, has been temporarily postponed with councillors on the south planning application committee agreeing to hold a site visit before reaching any decision.
IBM in collaboration with NVIDIA, Mellanox (ethernet meets the unbelievable!) and the STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) Hartree Centre announce plans for the UK's first PADC (POWER Acceleration and Design Centre) designed to help UK businesses exploit high performance computing on OpenPOWER systems for MSBD (Modelling & Simulation and Big Data Analytics).
Theoretical physicists in Innsbruck, Austria, have proposed a scalable QC (quantum computer) architecture. The new model, developed by Wolfgang Lechner, Philipp Hauke and Peter Zoller, overcomes fundamental limitations of programmability in current approaches that aim at solving real-world general optimization problems by exploiting quantum mechanics.
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