Last year Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft achieved an impressive new record with more than €2.1 billion in business volume. It has now pushed ahead its strategy to expand its scope with the Senate decided to establish a Fraunhofer Research IGCV (Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology). The expansion of Fraunhofer High Performance Centres is also continuing. For instance, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting three new High Performance Centres to the tune of some €8 million.
Patented technology allows users to work with a state of the art ceramic printing system with stable and easy-to-clean materials. Both materials and machine designs are tested for more then 5.000 production hours in the job-shop that Admatec has run since 2013, probably the longest ceramic printing experience in the world and one that continuously result in innovations. Currently the novelty is with the material reconditioning system that allows the customer to re-use all the material guaranteeing 100% effective use of material.
Gaberlunzie confesses to being a tad muddled over the Brexit issue. In order to gain enlightenment, he has indulged in Friday hookey exercise with a browse of "The Economist" and others. He hopes this combination of opinions clarifies something, even if it's only rediscovering that great Chinese proverb: "May you live in interesting times."
A drone fitted with a thermal camera to monitor buildings’ energy efficiency is being developed by students at the University of Strathclyde. The team of three students, from the University’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, aim to commercialise the concept, which is designed to give a comprehensive assessment of energy use.
Research by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and IBM (self-defined as an international technology and consulting firm) sees a digital divide across the British economy, with just over half (55%) of pioneer firms adopting digital technologies processes, while the other half (45%) are falling behind. Interesting to see which of Technology or Digital officer is the preferred option!
A software tool capable of both collecting and then cutting through millions of online messages to identify radicalising groups, trolls, and cyberbullies has been created by a UK trolling expert and her team at Lancaster University. The software, known as FireAnt (Filter, Identify, Report, and Export Analysis Tool), can speedily download, devour, and discard large collections of online data leaving relevant and important information for further investigation, at the touch of a button!
A painting, "The Next Rembrandt" was unveiled recently at an Amsterdam museum. It is not a newly discovered piece by the renowned Dutch painter, but a 3D print of an idealised version of a Rembrandt — as construed by software from angles and details contained in existing paintings and exemplifying the skills of DLAs (Deep Learning Algorithms) and 3D printers.
On April 13, the Norwegian neuroscientist Edvard Moser opens the series with his talk “The GPS of the brain: Grid cells and the neural map of space.” Moser was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 together with his wife May-Britt Moser and the British-American neurologist John O’Keefe for the research of the brain’s positioning system.
Gaberlunzie was sent a lovely new blog link that covers "The Future" Having nearly fallen for the lovely astronomical Huntie Gowk ( Gaber is still pondering if it might not yet turn out true?) Anyhow this new Blog has the alluring title, "Into Forward" so of course he was hooked!!
Documents can be skimmed 60% faster than at present, with higher recall shows research from Aalto University. The amount of data we take in from screens each daily through documents, email chains, web pages and social media flows is enormous. But the continuous scrolling technique we typically use to browse this data is, however, far from perfect.
Priceless objects are scanned with hospital technology more commonly used for surgery so that the earliest-known example of Chinese writing – more than 3,000 years ago on the bones of an ox – has become the world’s first Chinese oracle bone to be scanned and printed in 3D.
A research project underway will assess how the Scottish Planning System can effectively support delivery of world class connectivity in Scotland. Bidwells and FarrPoint are jointly undertaking the project on behalf of the Scottish Government to produce evidence-based recommendations on the scope for legislative changes to further increase Permitted Development rights for electronic communications infrastructure.
A 17-year-old schoolgirl from Northamptonshire will have her first year’s university tuition fees paid after landing the top prize in a national competition to encourage more young women to consider a career in IT.
An image of a gold chip used to trap ions for use in quantum computing has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).
Researchers have used complex image analysis to uncover annotations that were hidden for nearly 500 years between the pages of England’s oldest printed bible. The annotations were discovered in England’s first printed Bible, published in 1535 by Henry VIII’s printer. It is one of just seven surviving copies, and is housed in Lambeth Palace Library, London. The secrets hidden in the Lambeth Library copy were revealed during research by Dr Eyal Poleg, a historian from Queen Mary University of London.
A recent student survey carried out by The Data Lab ahead of Data Talent Scotland finds that lifestyle, job market and Scotland being home country are the key factors contributing to why students wish to stay in Scotland after completing their studies.
Reform Scotland believes that while new powers which bring the Scottish Parliament closer to raising the money it spends are always welcome, when those powers are insufficient to effect real reform we must be extremely careful how we use them. This briefing sets out why we think the devolution of income tax is a blunt instrument which does not offer the opportunity to create a better environment for economic growth. It therefore recommends that until the Scottish Parliament has control over a sufficiently varied basket of taxes, the Scottish Government should peg income tax in Scotland to the UK rate.
Caroline Jones Carrick, director of the TEV Project, a Scottish-based road technology initiative, is giving one female university student looking for a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s most inspirational women working in these industries.
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