As Glasgow-based Plan Bee Ltd springs into action with a splendid new brochure, busy internet pages and the indefatigable Warren Bader (below left) looking for a Beehive development executive. In the USA, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is in the process of reviewing the impact of three neonicotinoids, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran –– as well as seeing how other species, such as butterflies and aquatic animals, are affected by pesticides. The work is scheduled to be unveiled in December.
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 Glasgow tech incubator is launching an ambitious start-up school for teens which will give them the chance to pitch their ideas to real life investors. Working alongside Glasgow City Council and Skills Development Scotland, RookieOven is giving 16-18-year-olds from Glasgow the chance to take part in its first pioneering Academy programme, during which they will devise creative digital product ideas and turn them into the foundations of a solid business.
Gaberlunzie, long an admirer of "The Man Who Planted Trees" notices that the Scottish Rural University College staff and their suppliers recently spent a day planting over 800 trees at North Wood just outside of Livingston. Held in conjunction with the Woodland Trust Scotland, the exercise is part of Premier Paper’s Carbon Capture Programme that helps to mitigate CO2 emissions generated by the paper that Scotland’s Rural College purchases by planting trees in Government-approved woodland carbon sites.
Four years ago in October Sophant Technologies launched its software muscled antenna. Now the pioneering Sofant Technologies Ltd has secured €1.97 million (£1.54 million) of European funding. The investment, part of the €3 billion Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme will be used to take Sofant’s patented technology to market, potentially doubling battery life for mobile devices and greatly reducing antenna energy usage.
Twitter's first quarter results suggest that Sotirios Paroutis, Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School, who studies Twitter, is set to become the services Guru. "While competitors are moving faster in acquiring new users, it now seems marketers can utilise Twitter more effectively to run their campaigns,” he says.
Dundee’s Botanic Garden will come alive with the sound of music, thanks to Lily Hassioti, a fourth year Fine Art student from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, with her final year project.
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.
Dell launches its Entrepreneurial Growth Programme for Scottish scale-ups and where successful Scotland-based scale-ups will be chosen to receive technology, training and access to Dell events. Applicants’ submissions will be assessed based on strength of business plan, growth and the innovation potential.
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!
Among leading R&D partners in the development of surface technologies for organic electronics, the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP will be exhibiting its recent achievements in vacuum coating of ultra-thin glass at SVC TechCon 2016 (Booth 846), taking place in Indianapolis, USA from May 9 – 13.
75 per cent of mobile phone devices still not insured. Aquarium Software, global insurance technology expert, warns that consumers are storing up a potential uninsured gadget time-bomb, and advises the insurance industry to take the bull by the horns and help educate consumers.
Wistiki is coming to the UK with a series of stylish item trackers created in cooperation with the French designer Philippe Starck (below right) and are made to fit in with your lifestyle, rather than appearing like a house arrest bracelet!
In February the UK's HFEA ( Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority) approved the first studies of New Gene Editing Technique CRISPR on human embryos. The technique offers hope for victims of genetic conditions and infertility, but it also raises some misgivings over ethical issues.
A team of scientists in the UK and Bangladesh turn to combined knowledge of the global scientific community to address that fearsome fungal disease, wheat blast, an emerging threat to Asian agriculture which follows upon the heels of Europe's ash dieback.
As AI becomes available, KLM for one is turning to chat bots to try a form of interaction that is intuitive and more natural to customers. KLM is refocusing its attention (and budgets) prioritising chat apps such as Facebook’s messenger and WeChat instead. But empathy may yet save human workers!
Honey bee workers collecting artificial pollen diets from a feeding dish. The bees can distinguish diets by color, taste and/or smell, and they show dietary preferences accordingly. Moreover, in regards to previous colony nutrition, bees diversify their food uptake, preferring complementary nutrition.
With a deadline of April 21st the successful candidate has probably filed already. Edinburgh University is an internationally renowned Research University, and amongst the world’s top 20 institutions of higher education, located in one of the world’s finest cities, it claims. The School of Engineering reflects the University’s principal characteristics, with a cosmopolitan academic staff numbering over 100, a body of 1,450 undergraduate and 450 worldwide postgraduate students. It conducts internationally excellent teaching, research, and attracts high-calibre students and an excellent level of research funding.
NovaCast is a device that prevents infections, ulcers and even amputation of limbs, is ten times lighter than the traditional material and allows a good ventilation. The traditional use of plaster splints for the rehabilitation of bones can cause infections, ulcers and even amputations because the shape prevents proper medical inspection, sweat accumulates and generates little ventilation.
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