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.
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.
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..
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.
Seven Fraunhofer Institutes have presented their latest developments in seafaring and navigation at the SMM Convention in Hamburg this month. while the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute Sintef MARINTEK believe that in 10-20 years there will be 200 metre cargo vessels plying the oceans without a captain or crew. But for this to happen, the emerging hard and soft technology will need to be seen working working on existing vessels.
The offshore renewables ‘Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries’, initially implemented in draft form by Wessex Archaeology in 2010, has already helped to protect over 400 discoveries, such as peat and wood, that offer insight into the past environment of the Dogger Bank area of the North Sea, and evidence of our rich maritime heritage including an historic cannon investigated in 2012.
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.
AERTOs (Associated European Research and Technology Organisations) has started a 2-year research project to stimulate the development of the bio-based economy in Europe. It will also overcome technical hurdles in the innovation value chains. But in the case of TU Darmstadt they are preaching to the converted. There, biology professor Ralf Kaldenhoff is making microalgae fit for industry, microorganisms that could produce a variety of products from carbon dioxide to light.
Next week, philosopher John Foster visits the University of Dundee to argue that it is too late now to protect the Earth from climate change and we are unprepared for the ecological and economic ravages that will bring.
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.
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