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
The UK Government plans to move the majority of job applications and benefit claims online by 2017. Fly in the ointment is CAS (Citizens Advice Scotland) discovering that difficulties using computers or the internet is already hampering people’s application attempts and leading to financial sanctions.
Eight Scottish councils (Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh Inverclyde, Moray, Orkney, Perth & Kinross, Scottish Borders and Shetland Islands) have still to sign up to a collaborative strategy that brings together Scotland's government digital services and other key stakeholders to reform IT services. Some 26 out of Scotland's 32 elected local councils have signed the joint strategy for supporting digital service transformation led by a single CDO (chief digital officer) currently being recruited.
The UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK released a case study document, "Innovation with Impact", highlighting commercial success stories of 60 of the now rapidly growing companies that the agency has supported over the past nine years. Since 2007, more than 7,600 companies received the agency's assistance in projects estimated to have added between £11.5bn and £13.1bn to the economy, creating 55,000 new jobs.
The topic of passwords, the continual need to change them, the impossibility of remembering the 100 or so that are vital for work and life, is one that raises nightmare memories and an absolute dread of the next ‘new password’ demand! So the news that Universities and Google are separately and hopefully obliterating the password, in favour of the Doodle or biomarkers.
The world’s oldest golf club will not be hosting the Open championship, after retaining its ban on women members, sparking claims that £100 million could be denied the Scottish economy. It’s not that the game lags in technology. Only in Scotland will you find this ingrained anti-women attitude, where the defensive comments are laughable!!
IOCs (International Oil Companies) are faced with the choice of managing a gentle decline by downsizing or risking a rapid collapse by trying to carry on business as usual, warns Professor Paul Stevens. The future of major IOCs – BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total is unlikely to continue with the business model that while working for them during the 20th century urgently requires remodelling.
In April, Clyde Space opened its first subsidiary company in the USA. The UK then woke up to a local company with the increased clean room manufacturing capacity for major UK build satellites. This month the Clyde Space has a £1 million order to build four such satellites for the UK Government-backed programme that aims to develop fast, regular and more affordable access to space.
After months of enquiry as to what provisions were being made with cognitive computing and cyber security, Big Blue has has announced a multi-year, cognitive computing collaboration with the University of Maryland in Baltimore on an Accelerated Cognitive Cybersecurity Laboratory (ACCL). The UK with several Universities and big corporates already on the cognitive route should be going the same path.
A student team of some 10 girls and boys from West Linton Primary School in the Scottish Borders has won the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology’s) FLL (FIRST LEGO League) UK and Ireland final and gone on to win an Innovation Award for their project at the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, USA.
Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, which represents anglers and fishery owners, has lodged a formal complaint at the Scottish Government's failure to protect wild salmon and sea trout, arguing that this constitutes a breach of European environmental legislation.
Edinburgh University is offering £31,656 - £37,768 a year for a Research Associate in Programming Languages on the project “Skye: A programming language bridging theory and practice for scientific data curation”. The successful candidate will have expertise in foundations and functional programming.
Scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have proved a model of the human gut they have developed and patented – HuMiX – is representative of the actual conditions and processes that occur within our intestines. With HuMiX, researchers can analyse the complex interactions between human cells and bacteria, predict their effects on health or disease onset, and study the action of probiotics and drugs.
Electronic navigation safety technology is to be used to study the potential impacts of marine traffic on cetaceans ( whale, dolphin and porpoise species) off western Scotland in a new season of research expeditions launched by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
Edinburgh software house Ecometrica, based in London, Boston and Montreal, that allows businesses to analyse environmental data from space, is now targeting substantial growth in the UK and North America, having become the first Scottish company to receive funding from Clydesdale Bank’s new Emerging Technology Unit.
For the first time, scientists have shown that MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and other antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ infections can be tracked across Europe, by combining whole-genome sequencing with a web-based system. In mBio today researchers at Imperial College, London, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute worked with a European network representing doctors in 450 hospitals in 25 countries to successfully interpret and visualise the spread of drug-resistant MRSA.
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.
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