More than £70 million is being injected into science research projects to tackle challenges including airport capacity and our ability to search vast volumes of visual data. The funding has been provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for equipment and projects at 18 universities across the UK. Stirling has the distinction to be the only University in Scotland to qualify for funding.
The deadline for applications for the Scottish Government Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund is April 30th. The fund promises to award £250,000 grant funding to assist the development of a number of geothermal energy demonstrator projects in Scotland by financing feasibility studies. Applications must be for between £10,000 and £50,000 which provides a very significant and much needed boost to the sector.is April 30th and winners will be announced in June.
Systems-on-a-chip for extremely critical applications would use 28 percent less energy and 48 percent less chip area while offering nine times lower hardware failure rate, if designed with the completely new Desyre architecture. That would drastically reduce hospital costs and replacement rate of medical devices.
Queensland scientists in Australia have found that non-invasive ultrasound technology can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and restore memory. University of Queensland researchers discover that the innovative drug-free approach breaks apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that result in memory loss and cognitive decline.
An IEEE survey, conducted by YouGov, finds twice as many millennials as baby boomers saying they don’t think it’s important to teach science, technology, engineering or mathematics at school. Overseas, others think differently.
Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since Einstein, scientists have been trying to observe both of these aspects of light simultaneously. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this behaviour.
Scientists led by a group at the University of Dundee have made a significant discovery about how cells properly inherit their genetic information. The chromosome research team, led by Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow Professor Tomo Tanaka and colleagues Dr Maria Kalantzaki and Dr Etsushi Kitamura in the College of Life Sciences at Dundee, working in collaboration with researchers at the University of Oxford, has studied a process of `lateral linking’ by which cells can properly multiply, one of the basic processes in all life. That appears to endorse the findings of Edward de Bono who coined the term “lateral thinking” in 1967 for improved creativity, and entitled his book “"The Use of Lateral Thinking.”
Napier University Edinburgh is launching a new Masters course in Game Technologies. The one year full-time MSc, which starts in September, will give students with a background in maths, computing, engineering or physics the chance to expand their knowledge of game engineering.
Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Ottawa found that bacteria can also thrive in non-native environments. The team collected bacteria and soil samples from a forest in Western Quebec, Canada. They grew bacteria in soils from each of the sites sampled and found that they could prosper in a variety of different environmental conditions.
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the first woman President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, examines progress made by women in traditionally male-dominated areas at the Saturday Evening Lecture in Dundee. Her talk ‘Tapping all our talents: Women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics’ at the University of Dundee’s Dalhousie Building on Saturday, 7th March.
In Canada, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge, a yearly challenge organised by the Ontario Centers of Excellence, has as this year's theme as “Meeting the Energy Challenge of Remote Communities.”
Innovate UK is to invest up to £2m to stimulate innovative technology that exploits commercial opportunities through the integration of Omics (e.g. genomics, proteomics, metabolomics etc.) and the application of Systems Biology through a forthcoming 'Profiting from Complexity' competition. SAMS
(Scottish Association for Marine Sciences) is offering a PhD for work on its development of the ORCAE (online algal system biology) platform, that integrates diverse omics data.
Seems that the Pelamis and Aquamarine withdrawals from the wave energy scene has revitalised Scotland’s first wave energy technology development body, Wave Energy Scotland will receive a total of £14.3 million over the next thirteen months declares Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.
As Superstem sees single atoms, computer research simulating corannulene (a uniquely shaped carbon molecule) finds its properties might help overcome the difficulty experienced to date in building molecular sized circuits.
With its 8 themes and 3 research environments Bournemouth University’s (BU) research website, launched only a year ago, wins ‘Best Research Website’ in the international eduStyle Awards. The site won in both the People’s Choice and the Judged Awards categories.
A lone bale of hay tumbles across a dry and dusty road. A wooden door creaks on rusty hinges. Not a soul in sight. Familiar scenario from old Western movies, but also the view in many German towns and villages. This summer, the headline of a major German daily newspaper read: “Young people heading for big cities in droves.” With the people goes the infrastructure.
VTT Technical Centre of Finland has developed and used a mass production method based on printing technologies that allows manufacturing of decorative, organic solar panels. Design freedom improves the panels range of applications on the surfaces of interior and exterior building spaces. VTT is also studying the feasibility of mass production printing technology of solar panels made from inorganic perovskite materials.
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