As an ambitious, aggressive government campaign against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has begun in Sierra Leone, the disease's shape shifting expertise is revealed by an extensve team of researchers with the Scripps Research Institute while a Swedish geoinformatics expert urges the mappingof fruit bat habitats for disease causes and transmission.
The Lion and the Unicorn
Are now golfing the same ground
As they opt for being together
Being best for all, all round.
As neither fancies white bread,
Or even the brown,they are rejecting
Plumcake for confections of their own
EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) outbreak in Western Africa highlights an urgent need to close the communication gap between scientists, journalists and communities. Beyond the devastation of EVD, poor communication has heightened apprehension among the public, potentially seeding confusion among scientists and journalists who report the outbreak.
The quirkiest take on the referendum lies in the hands of Orkney and Shetland as if either or both islands vote ‘No’ and Scotland as a whole votes ‘Yes’, it is possible that one or both might seek to hold a local referendum to decide their own futures, severally or acting together.
Scientists in Northern Italy are experimenting with unusual and totally eco-friendly sound and odour devices to keep insects from their cultivated fields. Studies suggest that the methods could be as efficient in protecting crops as any chemical based pesticides.
Weightless SIG has launched Weightless-N, a breakthrough, complementary open standard for IoT. The vision for Weightless SIG is to deliver wide-area machine connectivity standard that enables the 95% of the IoT opportunity denied by the high cost and power consumption characteristics of traditional cellular alternatives. This delivers on that vision and complements the existing Weightless-W standard through extension into the licence exempt frequency spectrum.
Major VAT rule changes that impact how tens of thousands of UK e-service providers that do business in the EU are less than four months away when on 1st January 2015, VAT on e-services must be calculated based on the end customer’s location. The majority of those affected are unprepared and at risk of heavy non-compliance penalties.
The Moray, Scotland area currently has two entries in the UK government's list of eight potential sites for a commercial spaceport and there's a plea to make Moray spaceport bid priority. However, although news was expected in the summer, it seems likely that the outcome of Yes or No will play a considerable part in this
A change in the mobile device landscape is reported by Enterprise mobility experts at Peak-Ryzex as customer demand for consumer devices changes the landscape of rugged devices used for business applications. It comes at a time when the UK wide retailer Phones 4 U goes into administration, putting 5,596 jobs at risk with the chain blaming EE and Vodafone for failure to renew contracts..
Sheila Kennedy, an internationally recognised architect, innovator and educator is 2014 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize. She is also a Professor of the Practice of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture & Planning,and the first woman to hold that position at MIT. Like women in IT, architecture has formerly always favoured male proponents
Research carried out by the Department for Business innovation and skills, analysed how STEM (Science, Technology, Economics and Maths) subjects are perceived by young people on social media. Terms ‘geek’ and ‘boring’ were mentioned frequently online to describe technology based subjects.
The Stonehenge landscape has been the focal point of archaeological studies for more than four centuries. However, no detailed mapping of buried landforms have been conducted, although knowledge about this is pivotal to understanding the prehistoric occupation of such an enigmatic landscape.
GE has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Appliances business to Electrolux for $3.3 billion. As part of the transaction, GE has entered into a long-term agreement with Electrolux to continue the use of the GE Appliances brand.
It's an interesting exercise to consider a recent infographic for the five most wanted features for the iPhone 6 and what Apple has launched with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ in its determination to have a two tier state of interaction and mobility.
Gaberlunzie, who this morning awoke among the Pentland Hills saw from one place both the full moon about to set in the sky, while the sun rose gloriously at the same time and then should sent ComputeScotland a telegram, urging that his page must tell the world he wants to remain in the same place with England and Wales with Ireland across the water.
Driven by handset and tablet applications, a 10% CAGR is forecast for the CMOS image sensor market from 2013 – 2018, reaching a value of almost US$13B by 2018 while multiple applications are driving CMOS image sensor industry in a Yole Développement report. It’s likely that the consumer market will benefit from new mobile technologies. As such, Yole foresee consumer applications (tablets, DSC etc.) as the growth driver over the next five years (which is the opposite of the previous five years, which were driven exclusively by mobile applications).
Living through a time of unprecedented political arguement in Scotland, the artificial intelligence technologies for understanding human reasoning, debate and argument will be examined when Universities of Dundee and Aberdeen host the 5th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument at Atholl Palace in Pitlochry. More than 70 scientists from the UK, Europe, North America and Asia will discuss the latest field developments.
This month the University of Amsterdam (below left showing solar panels) is starting a research project on the use of big data within companies and governmental institutions. A survey has been set up in cooperation with ORTEC Consulting Group in order to gather information about the adoption and implementation of big data applications among businesses.
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