Senior hardware engineer Naomi Mitchison from Selex-ES has been named the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year. The 28-year-old, secured the award for her work with laser warning systems for military aircraft . She will now play an ambassadorial role for the profession in the forthcoming months as IET said the award is a step towards creating more much-needed female role models in the industry.
After the recent elections, ScotlandIS is pleased to announce the following appointments to the board with effect from 10th December. Elections generated considerable interest with thirty people standing, so the competition for places was fierce. Alas for STEM enthusiasts although ScotlandIS has one outstanding role model in Polly Purvis, only one woman made it on to the board as role model!
Strike action threatens to cause flight chaos at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester over Christmas as staff of airport ground handling dnata vote for a two-day strike from Tuesday 23 December over a pay dispute. The fact that the second permanent secretary at the Treasury, Sharon White will earn less than current Ofcom CEO Ed Richardson when she replaces him in March hardly raises an eyebrow!
Recently, currencies aka Bitcoin have been a Scottish focus at Edinburgh and Glasgow meetings. Now a Leamington Spa entrepreneur, Nick Boardman of Rock Group PLC, puts his Bitcoins into BTXDeals, a curtain raiser for 2015 which is likely to see a flurry of creative currencies.
The final SOCIOEC project meeting took place in the Aquarium Tropical Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France in November 2014. As the project nears its end date in February 2015, it provided an ideal opportunity for the partners to review the results achieved so far and plan for the concluding activities of the project.
WHAT!! a grinch steal Christmas and you have to throw Christmas puddings at it and because it's a greedy pig and will overdo on the brandy butter, we will get Christmas back in one piece - yet? No, no, its a new bug that Alert Logic research team has discovered impacting all Linux platforms, including mobile devices. They’re calling it the “Grinch.” As 65% of all web servers on the Internet utilise a Unix/Linux based OS the “grinch” will have a huge impact on e-commerce sites - particularly worrying during the holiday period; furthermore it could be as astronomical as Shellshock; affecting not only home but corporate users too.
On top of a ladder several meters high, standing with pad and pen in hand …. to count boxes? Inventories taken in large warehouses could soon look quite different if the InventAIRy Project work and with the aid of flying robots, automatically localises and records such existing inventories.
Not too far from the night before Christmas, the UK’s first job site is dedicated to night owls and night jobs has been launched. U knights can now hasten to is the first site dedicated to the sector and that will be a one-stop-shop for night job seekers, saving time and making the search easier.
As Clyde Space settles in nicely at its new spacecraft manufacturing facility at SkyPark in Glasgow posting pictures of the new facilities with awesome piece of graffiti art from Rogue-one, leading UK space organisations join forces with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake, and UK's Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space.
Police Scotland is removing its Dumbarton local HQ so Argyll & Bute and West Dunbartonshire division are now merged with Renfrewshire and Inverclyde as a mega area aoperating from south of the Clyde in Paisley. Simultaneously UK's only Search & Rescue co-ordination centre is to move from Kinloss barracks in Moray to Fareham on the English south Coast
"We are not going into this to be the first people to break fusion. What has attracted me to this sector is I run a 3D printing company, which is for rapid-prototyping complex shapes, and have also had a project which has forced me to study asteroids for 10 years."
SFSA-C (Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops) collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and the James Hutton Institute has been awarded €2million funding to research global links between food security and land use change.
As Europe is completing a new round of privacy rules to be finalised 2015r, giving greater power to individuals over who can access their data and how it is used, the UK finds that mass surveillance programs of internet users are lawful and do not violate human rights, according to the recent ruling by the U.K.'s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT)
As the Post Office assigns Computacentre to modernise its end-user IT in an estimated "£100 million" contract following the company's separation from Royal Mail Group, Royal Mail customers are now able to enter the world of Additive Manufacture or 3DP at trial location from the New Cavendish Street delivery office, near Oxford Street .
Researchers into bird behaviour shows that Australian Gouldian finches, with black, red and rarely yellow heads and personalities to match, adjust their behaviour according to the personality of their partners.
Big Data is an emerging paradigm for large scale, distributed data management to process large amounts of data beyond traditional database technologies abilities. Cloud computing is a paradigm for distributed computing systems whose goal is to offer software as a service over the Internet offering an agile delivery model and a highly scalable infrastructure to support demands forboth storage and computation of big data technologies.
Investment in R&D (research and development) by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite unfavourable economic environment. However, growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world average (4.9%), and lags behind US (5%) and Japan (5.5%) companies.
Engineers from Massachusetts University researching multilayer graphene from10 to 100nm thick, find it may make excellent body armour absorbing 10x the amount of energy that steel can, before failing. In Poland a prototype machine creates the material in a significant breakthrough, potentially allowing mass production at a low cost .In the USA Graphene Stakeholders elect Keith Blakely as chair. While in the UK Morgan Advanced Materials and 2D-Tech agree long-term research collaborations with the £61m NGI centre (National Graphene Institute ) set to open in early 2015.
As Australia's Carnegie Wave Energy developer receives two separate innovation awards for its CETO combined desalination water and wave energy technology, on the other side of teh globe in Scotland, Pelamis is in receivership and Aquamarine now downsizing, leaving only Nova Innovation still riding the wave as it were.
Virgin Media yesterday calmly opted to withdraw services in some Edinburgh regions without any forewarning. Its 150 number did not connect to any humans, but merely cut the line to all TV, phone, computer service options. However a considerate Gyle Centre Virgin Media worker suggested the use of 151. There at 10am the automated voice sang Virgin praises and how it was working at offering the best and fastest broadband service, eventually conceding that that the service in one Edinburgh location could only expect to be reconnected some time after 3pm in the afternoon.
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