Problems with lice and fish losses can be heavily reduced by placing farmed fish in closed systems until the fish reach a weight of one kilo shows research conducted by scientists at Uni Research in Bergen, Norway. In parallel, fish husbandry workers play an active part in developing tailor-made work clothing for their wet, windy and messy working conditions for both comfort and safety..
After the recent elections, ScotlandIS is pleased to announce the following appointments to the board with effect from 10th December. Elections generated considerable interest with thirty people standing, so the competition for places was fierce. Alas for STEM enthusiasts although ScotlandIS has one outstanding role model in Polly Purvis, only one woman made it on to the board as role model!
Recently, currencies aka Bitcoin have been a Scottish focus at Edinburgh and Glasgow meetings. Now a Leamington Spa entrepreneur, Nick Boardman of Rock Group PLC, puts his Bitcoins into BTXDeals, a curtain raiser for 2015 which is likely to see a flurry of creative currencies.
On top of a ladder several meters high, standing with pad and pen in hand …. to count boxes? Inventories taken in large warehouses could soon look quite different if the InventAIRy Project work and with the aid of flying robots, automatically localises and records such existing inventories.
SFSA-C (Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops) collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee and the James Hutton Institute has been awarded €2million funding to research global links between food security and land use change.
Scotland's food and drink industry centres launches with new facilities at Edinburgh's QMU (Queen Margaret University) that include a dedicated microbiology laboratory, a fully-equipped sensory suite and a technology room to test the latest devices.
As robotic vision is worked on by Sintef to help assesss fish catches, research by the UK's NOC (National Oceanography Centre ) explores a new method of forecasting bioluminescence, which may improve monitoring of movements in the ocean, such as fish shoals and internal waves.
Researchers into bird behaviour shows that Australian Gouldian finches, with black, red and rarely yellow heads and personalities to match, adjust their behaviour according to the personality of their partners.
Big Data is an emerging paradigm for large scale, distributed data management to process large amounts of data beyond traditional database technologies abilities. Cloud computing is a paradigm for distributed computing systems whose goal is to offer software as a service over the Internet offering an agile delivery model and a highly scalable infrastructure to support demands forboth storage and computation of big data technologies.
Investment in R&D (research and development) by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite unfavourable economic environment. However, growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world average (4.9%), and lags behind US (5%) and Japan (5.5%) companies.
Writing in "EDN Network" Richard Quinell discusses activity in the field of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in embedded systems, citing such products as Siri voice recognition, unmanned autonomous vehicles, and data mining as examples where AI principles are being used to implement design functions.
Engineers from Massachusetts University researching multilayer graphene from10 to 100nm thick, find it may make excellent body armour absorbing 10x the amount of energy that steel can, before failing. In Poland a prototype machine creates the material in a significant breakthrough, potentially allowing mass production at a low cost .In the USA Graphene Stakeholders elect Keith Blakely as chair. While in the UK Morgan Advanced Materials and 2D-Tech agree long-term research collaborations with the £61m NGI centre (National Graphene Institute ) set to open in early 2015.
Researchers from UC3M (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) are developing a new transmission mechanism with no touching parts, based on magnetic forces that prevents friction and wear and makes lubrication unnecessary. Applicable in space travel and exploration, it has also been adapted for use in such areas as the railroad and aircraft industries.
Quantum computers will have great importance in the future but, despite all efforts, research is still in its infancy. One major difficulty is understanding what criteria a quantum system should meet to be able to solve problems that prove impossible for conventional computers.
Lord Smith's report outlining the most important transfer of powers in Scotland’s democratic history entails full control over income tax, new borrowing powers, a new Scottish welfare system, yet with the continuation of the Barnett Formula.
Imaging, sensing & metrology, computing & simulation and communications are all embraced by four new QTH (quantum technology hubs )to be located at the Universities of Glasgow, Birmingham, Oxford and York. The new £120m network will involve 17 universities and 132 companies announced Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities.
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