IBM Research announced today that for the first time ever it is making quantum computing available to members of the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM’s quantum processor. IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device. IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today’s supercomputers.
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.
Where robots may be the religion of some, in Bejing the robot monk Xian'er teaches Buddhism. In the west, SpatialSound Wave from Fraunhofer means sound can be freely positioned so that visual and acoustic events coincide realistically. Zurich Opera House has used the 3Dl sound since January with sound technicians adjusting sound effects live and enlarge spaces acoustically.
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."
Heat dissipation in electronics and optoelectronics is a wicked bottleneck in the further development of systems in these fields. To come to grips with this issue, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an efficient way of cooling electronics using functionalised graphene nanoflakes. The results are published in “Nature Communications”.
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.
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.
(SCC) Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s “Sustaining Growth, Supporting Business” campaign sets out the key priorities for Scotland’s businesses over the next five years. It forms the foundation of SCC’s engagement with the next Scottish Government and calls to action will help Scotland’s businesses to compete and deliver growth in our economy.
A new report published today by Beecham Research helps enterprise companies to match their IoT (Internet of Things) applications to the most appropriate public connectivity services to enable them. The report, "An Introduction to LPWA Public Service Categories: Matching Services to IoT Applications" proposes a new acronym/name for this new class of providers. Those offering LPWA-based connectivity services directly to users are referred to as Public LPWA LSPs (Services Providers,) Where LSP services are enabled through a Cloud-based service – for example, to provide a co-ordinated international coverage the Cloud-based provider is referred to as an LSE (LPWA Services Enabler).
Party affiliation plays a significant role in Austria and across Europe when it comes to filling management positions in independent regulatory bodies. This is one of the key findings of a study conducted as part of a project by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. Telecommunications, utilities and public transport are three former government monopolies that have been privatised in many countries in the course of market liberalisation over the past 20 years. The state control function was taken over by independent regulatory bodies operating thus beyond the reach of government bureaucracy.
Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal and inflamed skin. It is generally thought to have a genetic origin, which can be further triggered by environmental factors. People with specific mutations in the CARD14 gene have a high probability of developing psoriasis. A VIB/UGent research team now reveals the molecular signaling mechanism by which mutations in CARD14 lead to increased inflammation in patients with psoriasis.
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.
Five of the eight largest healthcare security breaches that occurred since the beginning of 2010 – those with more than 1 million records reportedly compromised – took place during the first six months of 2015, according to IBM X-Force's "2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index." And in 2015 overall, more than 100 million healthcare records reportedly were compromised, the report said.
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