ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) has decided to pull out of their major scheme of the coast of the island of Tiree owing to construction issues such as the presence of hard rock, challenging sea conditions plus the environmental concerns as the presence of basking sharks in the area all militate against the project. But it suggests it may be a short term reprieve.
As ASDA president and CEO Andy Clarke, urges British supermarkets to avoid any substantial increase in food prices over the next few years, the ST&AS (Salmon & Trout Association, Scotland) is challenging the supermarket to blacklist Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd, and by implication also urging consumers to ostracise Wester Ross Fisheries sourced products to force urgent lice remediation.
"To see oursels as others see us" is a New Year gift being given in Edinburgh by the Council to lorry drivers who are being put through cycling lessons and laterd perhaps cyclists who will be put through lorry travel, with the aim to have both empathise and so avoid often fatal accidents.
An iPad-based early-warning patient monitoring system, developed in Oxford hospitals with EPSRC funding is one of the £260 million for the NHS Technology Fund '‘Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards’ to improve patient safety. In 2009 Scotland's £100 million Stobhill hospital using Orion Health system was opened with a virtually paperless environment. This April Orion added a TotalMobil App Platform and expanded its partnership to include Caradigm.
Swiss-based Ineos, Grangemouth Refinery owner is planning to attract companies to its industrial site to expand customer base and share soaring energy and other utility costs. But in growing Grangemouth it will impact the demand for expensive North Sea piped oil.
Entrepreneur-led technology incubator TechCube formally launches in Edinburgh, bringing high-quality, affordable office space, a new community hub and significant new investment capital to Scotland’s tech startups, though the buildings almost at full capacity before doors are opened.
In the USA, General Motors board choses Ms Mary T Barra as its next CEO, the first women to attain the top job at a major auto company, taking over from Daniel F Akerson who assumed G.M. leadership in 2010. In the UK, the 30% Club research finds that a man starting his career with a FTSE 100 UK company is 4.5 times more likely to make the Executive Committee than his female counterpart.
An international collaboration agreement has been signed between the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N), Singapore, to support development of the marine renewable energy industry in Southeast Asia.
Just what every small island would hope to get for Christmas - a Dark Skies status award. Now Hebridean Coll can play among the world of dark sky islands, as it joins Sark, smallest of the four Channel Islands, which won its status in January 2011. Neat strategy would organise a trip that encompassed both with a stop off for Northumberland and Galloway Forest.
IDA (International Dark Sky Association) has granted the Isle of Coll Dark Sky status (which may even protect it from wind farms!) Located in the Atlantic with the Isle of Tiree, Coll is the second only area after Galloway Forest Park in Scotland to be given this status. IDA also awarded Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.
'Thermal issues are the biggest challenge facing the trend to smaller and more powerful devices, and new techniques to increase power density, such as embedded chips and 3D chip packaging, will only produce more heat,' explains Afshin Ziaei, a manager of research at Thales Research & Technology in France.
The Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror were the three respective top ranking media in Google search for Google's Doodle on Commander Grace Hooper. It celebrated the life of one of the great computer age pioneers, a great STEM example and who is widely credited as being the "mother" of the Cobol computer language.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, has opened the Angus Smith Building, that brings together over 400 staff from SEPA's (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) scientific, regulatory and other teams into a single, modern, fit-for-purpose facility.
SBC (Scottish Borders Council) is to fund a £143,000 staff laptop computer upgrade from next year’s budget in order to comply with Scottish Government requirements for compliance with the new PSN (Public Service Network.
As the BBC catches the quiet exercise of an actual Edinburgh tram on the city's streets at dead of night and with not much in the way of an audience, Gaberlunzie wonders where the word came from and how it has evolved.
In an intriguing team-up, worth watching, SIMTech (Singapore's Institute of Manufacturing Technology), a research institute of A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology & Research), and VTT (Technical Research Centre) Finland ink a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to promote technology innovation R&D and new capability development for FoF (Factories of the Future).
The chart from Statista, based on data from Net Applications, shows that Windows 8 was used by just 9.3% of the computing population. At this point in Windows 7's life, it is twice as high in terms of computing share. But with its deadline for Windows support looming for 2014, perhaps someone ought to recognise a traditional Sunset Industry. Buy Windows 7 out from Microsoft, leaving it to concentrate on Windows 8 etc. in a move could turn out to be a win: win proposition, both for the software, the users and the Sunset Industry player.
In its interim report on Digital Scotland, the Royal Society of Edinburgh has collected the evidence of exclusion. "Over a million Scots, and most of our small businesses, do not have the access and skills they need to share in the benefits of a Digital Scotland and this digital exclusion exacerbates existing divides," it finds.
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