Lightsource Renewable Energy is predicting a ‘solar boom’ in Scotland and has opened a new office in Livingston to take advantage of it, as the majority of it's £1.1billion of UK investment in the solar industry up to now been deployed on large-scale ground mount projects. This year it also acquire Renewable Resources that has installed more than770 rooftops installations.
The ultimate STEM PLANTOID project is led by Barbara Mazzolai, and aims at taking inspiration from the smart, effective, and efficient strategies of plant roots to develop a new generation of robots and ICT technologies in sensing, actuation, and distributed adaptive intelligence for tasks of soil exploration and monitoring
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission raises the issue as central in her last address as European Digital Commissioner. It is telling that three men are needed to replace her. "We have" she says made big strategic investments in essential research from 5G to electronics and robotics and more. But you can’t shape this world only from the top. Leaders at other levels and with different job descriptions have a responsibility to engage with this new digital world."
Internet security company Zscaler has released its 2014 Fall Zscaler Internet security and compliance platform. This includes new capabilities for APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) protection, guest Wi-Fi security, global administration, policy management and reporting with instant assessment of security risks.
Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission may result from a new microwave circuit designed at Chalmers University of Technology. The circuit research team currently holds an attention-grabbing record and results will be presented at a conference in San Diego.
IBM and GlobalFoundries have signed a Definitive Agreement under which GlobalFoundries plans to acquire IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including IP, world-class technologists and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics, subject to completion of regulatory reviews.
GlobalFoundries will also become IBM's exclusive provider of server processor semiconductor technology for 22nm, 14nm and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years.
NWave Technologies Ltd, a leading IoT over ISM spectrum vendor, has joined the group Weightless SIG to contribute to the rapid evolution of the recently announced Weightless-N specification. Weightless-N is the new and unique open connectivity standard for IoT/M2M over ISM bands.
A new anthology of verse from Joseph Lee, Dundee’s forgotten war poet, will be launched at the city’s annual Literary Festival this week. ‘Joseph Lee: Poems from the Great War’ is the first collection of poems by Lee to be published for decades. His life and work will be celebrated at the launch event at the Bonar Hall from 7.30pm on Wednesday, 22nd October.
Particle physicists have a hard time identifying all the elementary particles created in their particle accelerators. Now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have designed a material that makes it much easier to distinguish the particles.
The Hebridean island, three hours by ferry from Oban, has had its water supplies cu,t after Scottish Water decided, with no warming to cap the only public water tap located on the pier, claiming the tap was being misused by yacht visitors.
Professor Douglas Paul, a University of Glasgow physicist has received the Institute of Physics President’s Medal of which only eight such medals have been presented since the award’s inception in 1998. He joins such recipients as particle physicist and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox in 2012 and World Wide Web inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee in 2006.
Gaberlunzie has been alerted that there's a new browser on the loose, Hola, which over the past 20 months has emerged with over 30 million users already installing it - to show that they want a more open, and more private Internet.
*At the 2014 World Economic Forum, Commissioner Neelie Kroes called on the private sector, representative organisations and social partners to endorse the “Davos Declaration” on the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. One of the three concrete asks of this declaration was to assist in the modernisation of European education systems to ensure that no student leaves school without a basic set of ICT skills. The reply is as follows:
The average smartphone user checks their device 221 times a day for tasks it emerges as a study of 2,000 smartphone owners revealers the extent to which we rely on handheld devices in everyday life - that at its basic is 3hours and 41 minutes of a day devoted to a device!
In October 2014 the European Commission invited the fusion community into the heart of the European Quarter, the Solvay Library, to officially launch the European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy, EUROfusion for short. The new consortium agreement will substitute the fourteen year-old European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA), as well as 29 bilateral Association agreements between the Commission and research institutions in 27 countries.
Scientists at the University of Twente are working developing robots that are expected to save lives in calamity situations in the Alps. The emphasis within this SHERPA project is on cooperation between human rescue workers, the ground robot (‘ground rover’) with a robotic arm and flying robots.
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