From fusion to pharmaceuticals, not to mention the human brain project, Brexit will setback major R&D technology projects and the UK may face losing its very excellent R&D status. Something similar is being seen this week, as China's installed supercomputers overtake those in America. Back in the UK even Apps developers question growth without EU partnership
ScotlandIS, trade body for Scotland’s digital technologies sector, has become the first organisation in Scotland and one of a handful in the UK to be accredited by a European scheme that recognises Excellence in Cluster Management. Initiated by the European Commission Directorate for Enterprise and Industry, the European Cluster Excellence Initiative awards a benchmark to cluster management organisations, such as trade bodies, that are striving for excellence, adding value and fostering close industry relationships for their members.
Nesta's report “The Fusion Effect” has found that 'fused’ companies, or those that combine art and science skills in their workforce: Show 8% higher sales growth than science-only firms. Are 2% more likely to bring radical innovations to market. Employ approximately 3.5 million people - despite being around a tenth of UK companies - and employ roughly a fifth of all workers.
NuData Security and Varonis make some powerful pitches to rub up on user names and passwords with NuData Security director Lisa Baergen admitting ruefully to sounding “like a broken record; but here we are again, news of yet another hack attack hits the wire. It’s only been a couple of weeks since TeamViewer user accounts were hijacked, and now GoToMYPC hit by a very sophisticated password attack. No matter how long it takes to come out, the bottom line is that organisations have to stop thinking “what IF” and accepting it should be seen as “ WHEN” we get hit…
With the EU referendum on the brink, many things apart from engineering and scientific research are overlooked. innovation within the UK cyber security industry also now hangs somewhat in the balance. Regardless of whether you are in or out, the cyber security skills gap is real. And the UK with London in particular - is at a great advantage by being able to attract talent from all over the world.
The University of Dundee is providing a £740m boost to Scottish economy yearly and supports over 8000 jobs. For every £1 of Scottish Government funding, the University generates over £7 for the Scottish economy. 1 in every 12 jobs in Dundee is supported by the University’s activities.
Biometric Authentication is key to increased payment security. A new study from Juniper Research has found that eCommerce merchants and financial institutions will be investing heavily in online fraud detection solutions over the next five years, with annual spending reaching $9.2 billion by 2020, up by 30% on current levels as mobile fraud grows rapidly
“For too long the representation of women in middle and senior tiers of management has lagged that in other leading sectors. For too long, results have fallen short of good intentions. And for too long the financial sector has suffered the economic consequences of this inequality while society has borne the broader costs. Greater diversity – in all its forms, cognitive, gender, background, ethnicity, religion – can help transform the financial sector.”
Professor Caroline Dean of the John Innes Centre receives the accolade of an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. The Norfolk plant scientist has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire both for her work in understanding genetic regulation and LAO for her commitment to advancing careers for women working in science.
Dr John Gordon, among the world’s foremost deep sea ecology researchers and whose entire post-doctoral research career was spent at the Oban-based Scottish Association for Marine Science [SAMS], has deservedly been awarded the OBE for services to science in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
GFIA (Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture) conference, to be held in Abu Dhabi in March 2017 is the largest agriculture event in the Middle East and last year was attended by over 4,500 people from 85 countries. This year, Professor Toby Mottram has been invited to speak about the projects that eCow is currently developing and how the technology has the potential to change the way we manage livestock for the better.
Gaberlunzie is charmed to hear that Japanese scientists are behind the discovery of element 113, the first atomic element found, not in Europe or the United States, but in Asia. It is dubbed "ununtrium" but to be named "nihonium" after the Japanese-language name for the country.
A new test created by researchers at the University of California has cut the number of hepatitis C (HCV) diagnosis testing steps in half – meaning going from two steps to one. At present, patients are diagnosed with hepatitis C after undergoing a blood test, the Hepatitis C Antibody Test. If the antibodies prove to be reactive, then patients will have to have a follow-up test to confirm the diagnosis.
Once upon a time it was Personnel. Then it became Human Resources. Later it emerged as Human Capital Management. Well, now the new Bob on the resources block is Hibob (er Hi, Bob!) that has raised $7.5m and covers everything, from gender, kids, leaders, kindness, male, female, hobbies and sports. It's the ubiquitous everything and more, advanced worker+ management software.
Exam officials have admitted mistakes were made in a national computing science exam sat by thousands of pupils, as calls mount for a review. A spokesman for the SQA (Scottish Qualification Authority) said: “The National 5 computing science exam paper met our published course and assessment specifications." But admitted "The paper did contain a small number of typographical errors."
Infosecurity Europe running from today at Olympia, London is likely to generate a flood of security problems and solutions. One such, NSFOCUS Cloud is designed to withstand the most extreme conditions and initial Cloud DDoS Protection Solution and provides robust
on-demand DDoS attack mitigation services.
Predictably perhaps as it only took 5 days to turn the children's coding robot toy Photon from a concept into reality. For SRI, building a wearable robotic suit, and other types of clothing, could not only make it easier for soldiers to carry heavy loads but enable the elderly and disabled people to perform basic tasks. The current prototype is a soft suit that fits over most of the body, delivers a jolt of supporting power to the legs, arms, or torso exactly when needed, to reduce the burden of a load or correct for the body’s shortcomings.
An interactive infographic on the top cities for startup success in the UK in 2016 has emerged from Kaizen Search. The infographic is based on data of growth in the start-up industries over the last 2 years. The map presents a heat map of the areas seeing the most growth. And as if to complement this comes Artegic's identification of the five elementary trends in the marketing field which companies will have to face in the coming years.
To celebrate the Royal Astronomical Society’s 200th Anniversary, North Wales based artists Jessica Lloyd-Jones and Ant Dickinson have created a sensory installation of light, colour, optics and sound inspired by astronomy. The exhibit is on display at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Flint, north Wales, until 4 June.
An highly auspicious election has Professor Vicki Hanson, selected as President of ACM (Association for Computer Machinery) the world’s largest computing society, which now also now sets a precedent with its all female Executive Committee! Not only does Professor Hanson provide an outstanding role model for girls to adopt STEM subjects and technology, among many roles, she is also Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee
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