Scottish Enterprise has made a Proof of Concept Fund Award of £500k to Professor Lee Cronin from Glasgow University School of Chemistry. The finance is to support prototyping and demonstrator development of a new (80% cost reduction) combined electrolyser-&-fuel-cell system. This exploits a major 'materials' innovation from the Cronin Lab to generate an inorganic fuel used to produce hydrogen or electricity on demand.
As the distributed management of data laboratories is becoming the norm, as in Europe's DMOD with its emphasis on mobile, ubiquitous, distributed management processing and visualisation, Scotland is riding the data wave and to have a new £11.3 million innovation centre to helping capitalise on this tsunami of market data, analytics and ‘big data’ technology . The Data Lab will opening later this year.
Metamaterials in optics has already produced the possibility of invisibility cloaks. Now £2.5 million is to be invested by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) to take the approach to allied areas of advanced materials.Researchers will apply concepts to acoustic metamaterials, thermal cloaking, with engineer designed-specific properties for metamaterials and a brave new metamaterial world.
While robots often resemble humans, increasingly they shape and sized to fit specific work. Two new micro-bots are SRI International's MAMR (Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots) designed to build small things on small scales like a swarm of ants, under control of a central computer, and Harvard developed TERMES robots (inspired by Namibian termites) that can carry bricks, build staircases, climb them, add structure bricks, follow low-level rules, to independently complete a project construction.
Back in 2011 a glowing review on the application of electrospinning for design and fabrication of architectured, nanofibrous materials for dye sensitised solar cells, fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, super capacitors, pointed out that the process, with particular emphasis on improved energy and power density imparted performance improvement to ionic conductivity, cyclability, reversibility, interface resistance,electrochemical stability, and mechanical strength, of electrospun electrode and electrolyte components.
As the deadline for submissions for the Data Journalism competition from the Global Editors Network closed this month with 523 applications, (winners to be announced in June) Cardiff University announces it is to introduce a Computational Journalism Master's degree in September in a bid to supply the industry more journalists with coding abilities.
3D printing moves into the medical environment, together with robotoic surgery as surgeons use 3D printing to produce exact models of tumour-containing kidneys, allowing them to simulate surgery prior to the actual operation. Models can be personalised to the patient, giving doctors a 3D model of each individual’s tumour.
The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum at the University of Dundee celebrates Easter by introducing the public to its recently rediscovered emperor penguin. This took pride of place in the original museum; survived the museum demolition in 1950; got misplaced, but by 1970 was the Biology Society's unofficial mascot, often propping up the bar at the students' regular drinking dens. Amazingly, it has remained nameless.
As the IPCC urges energy efficiency to cut carbon, a UK design break through in signal amplifiers for mobile phone masts could deliver massive 200MW cut in the load of UK power stations, reducing CO2 emissions by around 0.5 million tonnes a year.
Many pathways to substantial emission reductions are available urges the newest report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that shows global greenhouse gas emissions have grown more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.
Samsung's proposed Solar Powered Internet school is a self-sufficient school with electricity and internet access built around a shipping container. Now the Edinburgh International Science Festival will hear that Internet access fuelled by the power of the sun could soon be a possibility, as researchers at the University have developed technology that enables solar panels to detect broadband signals, allowing data to be transmitted on the world wide web, using daylight.
The Youth Resolution is the proposal for a kite marked partnership between local authorities, employers and education institutions which benefits businesses, gives young people fair opportunities, helps tackle youth unemployment and drives local growth
Science Centres look to Easter audiences with a new ‘Scotland’s Time Lords’ galleries – opening at Edinburgh's Our Dynamic Earth for Easter – bringing to life earth scientists' impact on our understanding of the world, since the Scottish Enlightenment. The Scottish Government funding of the display is the biggest redevelopment undertaken in the 15 years since its opening.
A powerful camera is being developed by Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities' researchers that will enable scientists to examine living cells in unprecedented detail in a 5-year £2.3m project supported by the European Research Council. It follows on the heels of work by Dundee and St Andrews Universities on advancing microscopy resolution.
Molecular wires could replace silicon chips, offering massive increases in computing power and data storage capacity. They are a research goal with University of Huddersfield’s Dr Nathan Patmore, now recipient of one of a small number of URFs (University Research Fellowships) given annually by the Royal Society.
The Glasgow-based ORE Catapult is to merge with NAREC (National Renewable Energy Centre) to create a "national champion" for the development and cost reduction of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy across the UK.
Pondering the Grand National and whether to bet on gray's or find a horse name, or the biggest outsider, Gaberlunzie found that "Sports Engineering" journal has take a study from Dundee University Institute of Motion Analysis & Research into saddle material affects of pressure on humans and animals.
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