Researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona Tech (UPC), the Instituto de Química Mèdica (IQM-CSIC) and University of Glasgow have proved that the CD27 drug is a true alternative against malaria. They have analysed the crystalline structure of the DNA with the drug by performing X-ray diffraction experiments at ALBA synchrotron.
£30million funding is announced by Secretary of State for Industry the Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP for two new research packages to develop advanced materials and investigate NDE (non-destructive evaluation). The major Scottish player is Strathclyde University.
As US research into Ormia ochracea a parasitic fly discovers its survival depends on a unique and sophisticated sound processing mechanism, which can be adapted for a generation of hypersensitive hearing aids, UK research shows that bio-acoustic recorders can provide vital additional information to help protect such rare and endangered birds as the European nightjar, the Capercaillie and the wood lark.
Bluesky, creator of the first ever National Tree Map, is working with researchers at the University of Leicester to investigate airborne mapping systems used to identify diseases in trees. UK tree health has been increasingly in the news over recent years, Phytophthora ramorum affecting larch trees, Chalara dieback of ash and the Dothistroma needle blight on pine trees being just some examples.
Haydale of South Wales, with a patent pending proprietary scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nanomaterials using a dry, low-energy process, avoiding the need to use potentially harsh 'wet' chemicals or acids has announced a major consulting agreement with InVentures Group to accelerate the commercial application of its patent for plasma functionalisation technology in graphene, carbon nanotubes and other high performance nanomaterial systems.xv
As KPMG and Imperial team on a combined Data Institute, the UK government is to provide £42 million, over 5 years, to fund the Alan Turing Institute and has asked the EPSRC (Engineering and physical Sciences Research Council) to act as key partner to realise this and position the UK as a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data. Accordingly the EPSRC now invites UK universities to submit expressions of interest in joining the consortium to establish the Institute.
The Friendly WiFi scheme just officially launched has Purple WiFi as part of the scheme. It come on the heels of news from Motherboard Vice that the UK's internet filters block almost 1 in 5 websites. Accordingly Blocked.org are offering a service to both check on this and unblock such sites.
KPMG and Imperial College London are to launch of a major new partnership to create the 'KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics'. KPMG will invest over £20m, with the aim of putting the UK at the forefront of data science.
Despite the European Court of Justice overthrowing the Data Retention Directive as too broad and with too few safeguards to protect against abuse of privilege, meaning that UK mass surveillance of citizen communications lacked legality, the UK Government has subsequently introduced primary legislation to restore its powers and ISPs are to collect, store and share data on demand with public sector workers under the RIPA law.
Network operator, telephony services provider and unified communications specialist, Gamma, has been selected by the Scottish Government as a contracted supplier under Scottish Procurement’s Fixed Telephony Services agreement.
Critically acclaimed and bestselling crime writer Val McDermid is to have the new mortuary at the University of Dundee named after her. One of a group of leading crime writers who lent their support to the University’s `Million for a Morgue’ campaign, where the public were asked to donate money to the campaign and vote for which writer they would like the morgue to be named after. Her runner up is Stuart MacBride whom the University is to name a dissecting room after for his passionate support of the campaign.
Aberdeen-based Dynamic Edge has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of a new managing director. Formerly the company’s operations director, Stuart Winterburn has taken on the key strategic role in order to drive growth at the innovative IT business both in the north-east and further afield.
Scottish software company Digimania is launching a new toolkit Render Digimania which it believes can save the animation industry millions of pounds and is is currently recruiting for two technical artists/riggers (Maya) and one 3D modeller/artist.
The number of genomes to be sequenced is 100,000. The total number of study participants is about 70,000 as for cancer patients Genomics England intends to obtain the sequence of both inherited DNA as well as that of their cancers.The British government is to hire the US gene-sequencing company Illumina to sequence 100,000 human genomes in what is the largest national project to decode the DNA of a populace. Genomics England has confirmed it has chosen Illumina as its .preferred parter for the £100million project
Sir Donald Miller, former chair of Scottish Power and the South of Scotland Electricity Board has spoken out on the SNP’s current energy policy of producing 100 per cent of Scotland’s needs from renewables as “disastrous.”
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