With an estimated 45 million fake £1 coins in circulation, Britain gets what is claimed to be a fraud-proof coin as the Royal Mint releases 1.5 billion one-pound coins that feature a 12-sided bimetallic design, a hologram and other discrete anti-counterfeiting measures. A different printing milestone emerges at Massachusettes Institute of Technology with the recent 3D printed autonomous sensory composite robots, that are provided with sensor laden robotic skin that can feel.
The Centres will give academics and industry access to powerful computers to support research in engineering and physical sciences, and will officially be launched on Thursday 30 March at the Thinktank science museum, Birmingham. Funded by £20 million from the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) the centres around the UK, locate at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, and Oxford, Loughborough, and UCL.
CeBIT 2017 closed in Hannover, after five action-packed days as this year’s event, tangibly conveyed digitalisation potential and how best to achieve it. More than 3,000 exhibitors from 70 nations showcased their innovations for digital transformation of the economy and society, under the lead theme of “d!conomy – no limits”. This year’s Partner Country, Japan made a major impact from the start. The other highlight is from 2018 on, CeBIT will be staged in a new June time slot recast as Europe’s leading “Events Platform” for digital transformation.
Ideagen Plc, the Nottingham-based information management software provider, has acquired UK based PleaseTech Ltd, specialist in the development of software approaches for collaborative authoring and review of corporate documentation. The PleaseTech purchase is Ideagen’s 12th in nine years. In 2016, it made three successful acquisitions in IPI Solutions Ltd, Covalent Software Ltd and Logen Ltd.
Researchers are developing so-called ‘brain-computer interfaces’ (BCIs) following recent advances in electronics and computing. These technologies can ‘read’ and use human thought in order to control machines, for example, humanoid robots.
A team of researchers led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement as well as the ability to ‘sense’, ‘see’, control and safely navigate through the surgical environment. It follows hard on the heels of recent news on robotic cochlear-implants indicating the way that robotic surgery will develop.
The 8th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Conference Europe (24-25 May, Manchester, UK). With over 300 attendees expected, Europe’s leading nuclear decommissioning and waste management conference unites all key industry experts, providing the ideal platform to discuss how to optimally address the industry’s biggest challenges, opportunities and innovations.
Researchers at Dublin City University are working on a €4.6million EU-funded project, RECAP, to develop the next generation of optimised cloud computing systems to support the IoE (Internet of Everything.) The project will pave the way for a radically new concept in the provision of cloud services. The cloud is a key enabling technology for connected people, devices and computers. Over 13 billion devices are currently connected to the internet and whilst the cloud supports this connectivity at hyperscale, it is slowly reaching the end of its capacity.
As Amsterdam-based Sightcorp uses a simple webcam, its Face Analysis Technology is able to track and measure consumers’ unbiased behaviour responses and interest in different real-life scenarios, in a totally automated and non-intrusive way. Now German Heidelberg-based Dermalog's "Face Matching" claims to be the fastest software for biometric Face Matching on the market. Speed is at 100 million matches per second on a single blade and is accompanied by a low failure rate that the confirmed working speed is ahead of the competition.
The "New York Times's" shrewd ditorDean Banquet discusses with UK's "The Drum" an assessment of the media landscape under Trump administration in which he opts to cover the hell out of the President and is preparing for the story of a generation "I like this relationship we have.. he said. “The most natural state of affairs between the news media and the president is tension. It should be tense. We shouldn’t be friendly.”
Two years ago, Igor van Gemert started the Alliander innovation satellite SIM CI , Simulating Critical Infrastructures. He brought together a team of physicists, mathematicians, GIS specialists and programmers. The goal: using 3D/VR simulations to identify and assess the weaknesses and risk inherent to critical infrastructures.
Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces. However, one fifth of the world population still lacks access to energy and 3 billion people rely on wood, coal or animal waste for cooking and heating. Today, sustainable energy and climate change are big global concerns. The interconnection of grids would open up an unprecedented opportunity to globally share the resources of the whole planet, bringing clean energy to everybody, everywhere in the world.
Researchers measuring the impact on cancer stem cell metabolism of 3 natural substances, 3 experimental pharmaceuticals and 1 clinical drug disclose that Vitamin C is up to ten times more effective at stopping cancer cell growth than pharmaceuticals such as 2-DG, according to scientists in Salford, UK.
The share of women among researchers has increased between four and 11 percentage points between the periods 1996-2000 and 2011-2015 throughout 12 geographies. Across these geographies, women’s scholarly articles are cited or downloaded at a similar rates to men’s, despite women tending to publish fewer articles on average than men.
Two women, an academic and a former managing partner of Ryden, the property consultancy and chartered surveyor, have been respectively inducted and appointed to the chair, to be among Scotland’s outstanding women and role models.
IBM is to build the first commercially available, universal quantum computers. “IBM Q” quantum systems and services will be delivered via the IBM Cloud platform; IBM will also provide software developers with the interfaces needed to build applications that combine quantum and classical computing.
Researchers in Kaiserslautern, Dr. Thomas Kuhn and Fraunhofer IESE (Institute Experimental Software Engineering) Matthias Jung, develop a new simulation process to verify that combinations of hardware and software systems actually function correctly together.
You may have considered earthly life dawning in a sort of primordial, biochemical soup, or you’ve updated this to consider the smoky, sulfurous hydrothermal vents as auspicious locales, rich with energy and chemicals for forging organic life. But have you pondered that physics governs how life forms, then perpetuates and adapts?
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