Gaberlunzie is deriving some laughter as he watches the Gaelic signpost stushie! He also notes that "For Argyll" has not covered the subject for seven years. He waits breathlessly, having fallen around at the old "Scotman" story where Bute was renamed ‘Penis Island” in a Gaelic sign error and he is pleased that ComputeScotland has got Save Gaelic on his front page left-hand column. Hot off "The Herald" is that scientists have created an App that teaches computers to understand Gaelic! But how good are they at speaking it?
The neurodegeneration that occurs in Parkinson’s disease is a result of stress on the endoplasmic reticulum in the cell, rather than failure of the mitochondria as previously thought. According to a study in fruit flies it was found that the death of neurons associated with the disease was prevented when chemicals that block the effects of endoplasmic reticulum stress were used.
ScotlandIS, trade body for Scotland’s digital technologies sector, has become the first organisation in Scotland and one of a handful in the UK to be accredited by a European scheme that recognises Excellence in Cluster Management. Initiated by the European Commission Directorate for Enterprise and Industry, the European Cluster Excellence Initiative awards a benchmark to cluster management organisations, such as trade bodies, that are striving for excellence, adding value and fostering close industry relationships for their members.
Some 500 million people worldwide suffer from hearing loss, so it is Oticon's ambition that its customers, hearing clinics throughout the world, would prefer to use their products for people with impaired hearing. The majority of people with hearing loss are over the age of 50, while 8 per cent are under the age of 18. Now, advanced audiology and hearing aid technology sees the launch of Oticon Opn, the world’s first internet connected hearing aid, that also opens up a world of possibilities for IoT devices.
With the EU referendum on the brink, many things apart from engineering and scientific research are overlooked. innovation within the UK cyber security industry also now hangs somewhat in the balance. Regardless of whether you are in or out, the cyber security skills gap is real. And the UK with London in particular - is at a great advantage by being able to attract talent from all over the world.
Hundreds of bees with individual coloured number tags will be released tomorrow from the rooftops of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on Tuesday 21 June and over the next month for a project that hopes to uncover the secret lives of London’s bees. While in Scotland, parts of Cornwall, Devon, Wales, Yorkshire and the Isle of Man another project seeks to restore the Black Bee to its former territories.
The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding programme is supporting the largest and most ambitious assessment of deep-sea Atlantic ecosystems ever undertaken through the €9 million ATLAS (A trans-Atlantic assessment and deep-sea ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe) project, which kicked-off on 13-15 June 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Liberty House Group has purchased the UK plant of Mabey Bridge Renewables at Chepstow, South Wales, which was closed down in 2015, and is to use this to make steel wind towers from the company's recently acquired Scottish based steel mills. The equipment from the plant will be used in a new UK manufacturing centre that will supply the growing offshore wind market and the tidal lagoon power industry.
Very large lithium-ion battery banks were largely unknown ten years ago, writes Dr Peter Harrop, chairman of UK Cambridge-based IDtechEx. Now, it is tough to keep up with the variety of uses for them. On ships, where there were no such batteries, we are starting to see 1-5 MWh banks. Autonomous underwater vehicles, mining trucks and buses can sport ones of up to 350 kWh. But it is in stationary applications that really big facilities have arrived. Here there is a multiplier effect with Li-ion gaining market share in growth markets.
The low voltage distribution network under the microscope as Stuttgart's folk festival on the "Wasen" one of the largest folk festivals in Europe, proves both a challenge for the grid operator in Stuttgart and in 2015 also serves as a field test. Mobile measuring boxes captured all load flows in the ten local secondary substations on the festival site precisely to the second. Measurements not only increase the supply assurance of a folk festival, but In the mid-term it is intended that such measures will toughen up the entire distribution network for future energy supply to the region covered by the Stuttgart grid.
Home storage systems for PV (photovoltaic) electricity are gaining attractiveness, as their costs are declining. However, standardised, verifiable criteria for end clients to assess their performance are still lacking. The largest German study so far has now been launched to analyse commercial systems with respect to safety, quality, and grid suitability and to derive recommendations for manufacturers, standardisation bodies, and authorities. The “SafetyFirst” project is funded with€4 million by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and scheduled for a duration of three years.
Parasitic nematode worms are the `hidden enemy’ of farmers world-wide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year. Now an international research (the collaboration of some 15 Universities and research bodies, led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute) has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the yellow potato cyst nematode (PCN), giving scientists new insights into how it can be stopped.
Dundee, St Andrews and Highland & Islands have teamed to deliver Scotland’s first Graduate Medical Programme by 2018, just as the NHS Scotland, already delayed on its £41million over-budget-IT-new-computer-system is now to implement the Advance business analytics application, in a bid to reduce financial reporting times. This four-year £360,000 contract, may see the PureData-based application hopefully delivered by this August.
Biometric Authentication is key to increased payment security. A new study from Juniper Research has found that eCommerce merchants and financial institutions will be investing heavily in online fraud detection solutions over the next five years, with annual spending reaching $9.2 billion by 2020, up by 30% on current levels as mobile fraud grows rapidly
“For too long the representation of women in middle and senior tiers of management has lagged that in other leading sectors. For too long, results have fallen short of good intentions. And for too long the financial sector has suffered the economic consequences of this inequality while society has borne the broader costs. Greater diversity – in all its forms, cognitive, gender, background, ethnicity, religion – can help transform the financial sector.”
Professor Caroline Dean of the John Innes Centre receives the accolade of an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. The Norfolk plant scientist has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire both for her work in understanding genetic regulation and LAO for her commitment to advancing careers for women working in science.
GFIA (Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture) conference, to be held in Abu Dhabi in March 2017 is the largest agriculture event in the Middle East and last year was attended by over 4,500 people from 85 countries. This year, Professor Toby Mottram has been invited to speak about the projects that eCow is currently developing and how the technology has the potential to change the way we manage livestock for the better.
The leading event in the Scottish tech calendar will be bigger than ever this year as it returns with a ramped up strand for developers. ScotSoft 2016 is coming to the EICC in Edinburgh on Thursday 6 October. Hosted by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS, Scotsoft will bring together more than 1,000 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh . This year, its Developers Conference will run for a full day thanks to its 2015 popularity
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