Mountains of opportunity await any child that learns technology skills early in life. But to a kid, entering the world of solder and silicon isn’t all that easy or fun. That's why Microduino made Itty Bitty City, an eight- in -one kit that makes DIY electronics into child’s play as any kid that can build a LEGO set can build the projects, and any kid that can that can install Minecraft, can then program them. Perhaps next step is to widen the net to include girl things!
Engineering Scotland’s Autumn Lecture is hosted by the University of Glasgow and delivered by Professor Jim Hough OBE on the detection of Gravitational Waves. Hosted by the University of Glasgow, Doors open at 18.00, October 24, 2016. Professor Hough will discuss the work done at the University of Glasgow, and elsewhere, leading to the announcement of the discovery of Gravitational Waves in February of this year.
Hunting for the gift for the person who has everything? How about a new, limited edition, made to order, GOLD drone. Those with the taste for opulence can now add a customised DJI Phantom 4 which comes adorned in a 24-carat gold-plating.
Scottish ministers have granted planning permission for a 19 turbine wind farm at Aikengall, despite the East Lothian council claiming that the 19-turbine wind farm in the south of Scotland would cause “unacceptably harm” to the landscape.
For those of you who remember that tomorrow is Trafalgar Day, Pivigo’s PhD CEO (below right) and astrophysicist Kim Nilsson would like to remind us that today is World Statistics Day, which celebrates the achievements of the global statistics community.
Finland HQ Tieto, with more than 13 000 experts in close to 20 countries, a turnover of approximately €1.5 billion with shares listed on NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm appoints an Artificial Intelligence as a member of the leadership team of its new data-driven businesses unit. Called Alicia T the AI is the first to be nominated to a leadership team in an OMX-listed company. AI will help the management team to become truly data-driven and will assist the team in seeking innovative ways to pursue the significant opportunities of the data-driven world.
Manufacturing in Livingstone, the California HQ optical components manufacturer Kaiam Corporation, which developed the LightScale1 platform, multiple channels of 10Gbps or greater integrated into a single package, providing a lower-cost solution for Data Center and Datacoms with best-in-class performance, has launched LightScale2
Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics at Nottingham University has led an international team of astronomers to find the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies, twenty times more than previously thought. [ [Latest revision 100 – 200 billion galaxies]. Work begun with seed-corn funding from the Royal Astronomical Society is published in the" Astrophysical Journal." Portsmouth University astrophysicists create the largest Universe map tracking cosmic voids and superclusters and used to measure the effect of dark energy `stretching’ the Universe, results that confirm the predictions of Einstein’s theory of gravity.
Powerbox Sweden, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies has four decades of optimising power use for demanding applications. It now introduces two new board mounted DC/DC converters to power industrial and railway applications; the extra wide input, ultra high power density
Cambridge Wireless is to have a final pitch event for its Discovering Start-Ups 2016 competition, on Wednesday 19 October sponsored and hosted by Deloitte UK at 2 New Street Square, London. Ten finalists will pitch their disruptive technologies and business plans to a panel of 27 expert judges, that include leading tech-business executives and investors as ARM, Barclays, BT, Deloitte, Google, Oxford Capital, Samsung and UK Business Angels.
Drones can be used to locate earthquake victims, fight fires, save lives, go fishing, assess the extent of agricultural damage and take forest inventories. Almost every day new applications arise for them. But it is not just a matter of drones: In the future, unmanned systems will be changing the nature of transport on land and sea and CeBIT 2017 (20–24 March, Mon.–Fri.) will expand the drones showcase
Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that colonises some 30% of the human population at any one time, is now been shown to attack other bacteria, according to ground-breaking research from the University of Dundee which reveals the secret war of Staphylococcus aureus on competitive bacteria.
The Netherlands becomes the eleventh country to ratify the UPC (Unified Patent Court) Agreement of 29 Sep 2016 following France, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Sweden and Finland in implementing national legislation endorsing the UPC agreement. This needs to be officially ratified by at least 13 EU countries, including France, Germany and, as it stands, the UK, for the Agreement to take effect.
An exceptional student from Robert Gordon’s University has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2016. Stuart Whitehead won first prize for an innovative project developing a software platform for internet of things (IoT) applications. The judge considered the project to be outstanding. Andreea Lutec from the University of Glasgow took second place for her project developing real time robot camera controls. Third place went to Ana Ciocarlan Aberdeen University for an innovative e-health project to monitor colorectal cancer. The Leidos Software Engineering Project Award went to Graeme Sutters from the University of Strathclyde who developed a seriously smart travel app.
Following last years Silicon to Systems event, NMI have this year partnered with IMEC and DSP Valley to bring you the latest in how to develop low cost Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) for almost any application. Many people are put off designing ASICs because they think it’s too hard, too expensive or they don’t have the skills. This conference aims to show that an ASIC could be easier and less costly than you think. It will show a range of strategies that can be used to successfully implement an ASIC solution even in low to moderate volumes.
A new framework for tackling waste has been unveiled by SEPA ( Scottish Environment Protection Agency) focussing on how SEPA will support a circulating economy in Scotland. Announced today at the Scottish Resources Conference today, “One Planet Prosperity – A Waste to Resources Framework”, outlines how SEPA intends to drive down waste production, keeping valuable materials circulating for as long as possible, whilst preventing and tackling the damage associated with waste management and waste crime. These guiding principles form the basis of the framework and define SEPA’s approach to waste and resource management across all sectors of the economy.
A Glasgow tech start-up Swipii, that created a digital platform to help small firms attract repeat business, has raised £2m from new investors as its automated marketing suite allows businesses from beauty salons to coffee shops to collect customer details in order to offer them rewards and remain in contact.
Key players in Scotland’s digital technologies industry gather in Edinburgh tomorrow (Thursday 6 October) to ask and find out what it takes to build a global business and stay agile while scaling for growth. The issues will be debated as part of the Global Forum at this year’s ScotSoft conference. Two panels of experts will answer questions and share advice, encouragement and their personal war stories with the audience of CEOs and decision makers at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
Using topology, Kosterlitz and Thouless described a topological phase transition in a thin layer of very cold matter. In the cold, vortex pairs form and then suddenly separate at the temperature of the phase transition. This was one of the twentieth century’s most important discoveries in the physics of condensed matter. (Illustration below) coutesy Johan Jarnestad.
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