The quantum revolution is afoot. Physicists are learning to harness quantum phenomena with ever-greater precision, quantum computers are becoming a reality, and a number of quantum technologies are already in use. Such technological advancement poses an important question: how will the era of quantum technology affect our lives? In a live webcast October 5, Michele Mosca will explore quantum technologies – those that already exist and those yet to come – and how they will affect our lives.
In spite of the 11 per cent cut suffered since 2010, Scottish councils have increased social work spending by three per cent. That figure is however dwarfed by what Audit Scotland sees coming down the track. By 2020, there will need to be an increase in spending of between 16 and 21 per cent, which equates to more than half a billion pounds.
In a race to feed growing populations, it is also essential to consider sustainability. University of Illinois researchers promote agroforestry — the intentional practice of planting of trees and shrubs together with crops or livestock — to achieve sustainability goals. A number of practical and policy challenges have to date prevented adoption of agroforestry practices on a large scale in the U.S. But, urge researchers
if adopted more widely, agroforestry could benefit wildlife, soil and water quality, and the global climate.
As Wave Energy Scotland selects four of the 10 stage-one PTO (power take-off) call participants to progress to stage two with combined funding of almost £2m, solar perovskite cells are rising stars in the photovoltaic world as in less than a decade, their efficiency has doubled twice and it is now over 22% – an astonishing result in the renewable energy sector. The name ‘perovskite’ is taken from the light-harvesting layer that characterises them as lighter, cheaper, and more flexible solar cells than the traditional crystalline silicon-based cells.
Haydale Graphene Industries in South Wales has completed the acquisition of Innophene co and this month will launch a graphene-enhanced 3D printer component. Haydale developed a patented scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nano materials in such fields as inks, sensors, energy storage, composites, paints and coatings. This enabling technology can provide Haydale with a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers.
The new VTT CNS (Centre for Nuclear Safety), which is intended for research purposes, has been inaugurated in Espoo, Finland. Both experimental work and computational modelling will be carried out in the facility.
Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund is to make an additional £150,000 available to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.Applications will open in early October and eligible organisations will be able to bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project. The Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and is part of a wider programme of activity dedicated to developing digital skills and making extracurricular computing science activities available to all young people aged 16 and under, whatever their background and wherever they live in Scotland.
The review of social and ethical consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in Ukraine concluded that one of the most important lessons learned was that assessment and management of radiation risks needs to go beyond a purely technical assessment (Oughton 2011).
The University of Dundee is purring over its 28th place ranking among UK institutions and strong performances recorded in international outlook, partly due to the percentage of international students attending Dundee, and citations where the University’s impact is among the top 10% worldwide. It came 15 (up from 21 last year) in the "QS Top 50 Under 50" and the top-ranked UK institution. This celebrates the world's top universities under 50 years old, based on the latest QS World University Rankings coming just after Dundee was named top UK university in the Times Higher Education University Ranking at 180.
Curiously, while wave energy (focus of Universities) seems to be funded primarily within Scotland, there seems to be no problem with other countries such as Canada or China buying into Scottish wind-farms. Nice to see InfraRed balancing up the score. But also InfraRed slippage is a male:female management ratio of 50:27
Cicor a leading international high-tech industrial group based in Boudry, Switzerland specialising in printed circuit boards, microelectronics and electronic solutions, has launched a new technology platform called DenciTec. DenciTec enables a uniquely high density of integrated functions for printed circuit boards, with high throughput and attractive costs. With DenciTec, the potential for further miniaturization is moving in a direction that offers great benefits.
Scotland’s ability to combat cybercrime could be massively boosted thanks to a unique partnership between Abertay University, Police Scotland and private company Droman Crime Solutions. The partnership has developed a ‘serious game’ that can train very large numbers of criminal justice staff in basic techniques to deal efficiently with cybercrime.
In July last year, Aberdeen engineering design firm, Cadherent moved its 20 staff into the C-listed warehouse on the city’s North Esplanade West, which, built 1937 was retrofitted and modernised for business use. Caretaker’s House was built by John Bisset & Sons, and previously accommodated Unilever and Aberdeen Mineral Water Co.
Interfaces between different materials and their properties are of key importance for modern technology. With an international team, physicists of Würzburg University have developed a new method, which allows them to have an extremely precise glance at the interfaces and to model their properties.
Some 27 Scottish local authorities have joined forces to appoint a CDO (chief digital officer) and CTO (Chief technology officer). Capita Serco’s Colin Birchenall has been appointed chief technology officer with Martyn Wallace taking the role of chief digital officer. The two will lead the newly created Local Government Digital Office, that will drive digital transformation in Scotland and hopefully focus on fixing and sorting out Police, NHS and Farming computer issues.
Fire investigators from more than 20 countries will descend upon the University of Dundee next week to take part in the 19th ENFSI (European Network of Forensic Science Institutes) fire and explosion investigation working group meeting. Dozens of experts from across Europe will be taking part in the event, which will be hosted by the University’s world-renowned CAHID (Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification), from Tuesday 20th-Friday 23rd September.
Scottish farmers are to be forced to apply to the Scottish Government for loans, due to mismanagement of the £178 million computer system that has failed to pay out their EU support last year and which ministers admit is still not ready to make payments. It seems that major computer systems in Scotland for the Police and NHS are par for the course with the lack of Farming payment.
ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless IoT (Internet of Things), announces UL – a global safety science organisation – as the newest independent authorised test service provider accredited to support ZigBee Alliance certification programs. UL will offer ZigBee testing at two of its labs: Fremont, California, Basingstoke, UK. Expansion to a fifth lab to provide ZigBee-specific testing, validates the prevalence and significance of ZigBee-based products as hundreds of market-moving members design and develop IoT-focused devices for today’s connected world.
Data analytics company Aquila Insight has demonstrated its growth by moving into the former offices of FanDuel at Edinburgh’s CodeBase incubator to supports its rapid expansion. With an Edinburgh HQ and offices in London and Derby, it is rebranding to mark a new chapter as it approaches its fourth birthday.
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