The topic of passwords, the continual need to change them, the impossibility of remembering the 100 or so that are vital for work and life, is one that raises nightmare memories and an absolute dread of the next ‘new password’ demand! So the news that Universities and Google are separately and hopefully obliterating the password, in favour of the Doodle or biomarkers.
German pharmaceutical & chemicals giant Bayer has made an all-cash offer to acquire Monsanto for $62 billion, valuing the US company at $122/share value, a substantial premium in a deal that would create the world’s largest agrochemicals company. Mega merger expert, John Colley, Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School notes "It is a classic transfer of value from bidders shareholders to those of the target. Few mega-bids go well. Research shows more than half destroy value. Only around a quarter deliver on their promises.
Last year Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft achieved an impressive new record with more than €2.1 billion in business volume. It has now pushed ahead its strategy to expand its scope with the Senate decided to establish a Fraunhofer Research IGCV (Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology). The expansion of Fraunhofer High Performance Centres is also continuing. For instance, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting three new High Performance Centres to the tune of some €8 million.
In April, Clyde Space opened its first subsidiary company in the USA. The UK then woke up to a local company with the increased clean room manufacturing capacity for major UK build satellites. This month the Clyde Space has a £1 million order to build four such satellites for the UK Government-backed programme that aims to develop fast, regular and more affordable access to space.
Tony Martin, Professor of Animal Conservation at Dundee University is named "Conservationist of the Year" in recognition of exceptional leadership with the world’s largest rodent eradication operation. Co-author of a new study, Professor Tim Guilford Department of Zoology at Oxford explains, “If fishing lines are set at night, Europe's most endangered seabird, the Balearic shearwater, (fewer than 3,200 breeding pairs, decline roughly 14% a year) doesn't run the risk of being entangled by nets - that have the seabird "on the road to extinction." Now animal and bird data can be successfully assessed using a newly developed Google "Images App Morphic" to describe geographical variation in visible traits of organisms.
After months of enquiry as to what provisions were being made with cognitive computing and cyber security, Big Blue has has announced a multi-year, cognitive computing collaboration with the University of Maryland in Baltimore on an Accelerated Cognitive Cybersecurity Laboratory (ACCL). The UK with several Universities and big corporates already on the cognitive route should be going the same path.
Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland, which represents anglers and fishery owners, has lodged a formal complaint at the Scottish Government's failure to protect wild salmon and sea trout, arguing that this constitutes a breach of European environmental legislation.
Edinburgh University is offering £31,656 - £37,768 a year for a Research Associate in Programming Languages on the project “Skye: A programming language bridging theory and practice for scientific data curation”. The successful candidate will have expertise in foundations and functional programming.
Scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have proved a model of the human gut they have developed and patented – HuMiX – is representative of the actual conditions and processes that occur within our intestines. With HuMiX, researchers can analyse the complex interactions between human cells and bacteria, predict their effects on health or disease onset, and study the action of probiotics and drugs.
What started as browsing search engines, using fingers and keyboards to find the sites on the early, almost empty internet, interfaces have now grown to include touch, speciality apps and voice, although voice has its own pitfalls in learning languages and dialects.
A robotic surgeon STAR (Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot) has been taught to perform that delicate procedure—stitching soft tissue together with a needle and thread. It proves more precise and reliable than even the best human doctor. And in the background discover KUKA Aktiengesellschaf and its subsidiary KUKA connyun
IBM Research announced today that for the first time ever it is making quantum computing available to members of the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM’s quantum processor. IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device. IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today’s supercomputers.
For the first time, scientists have shown that MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and other antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’ infections can be tracked across Europe, by combining whole-genome sequencing with a web-based system. In mBio today researchers at Imperial College, London, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute worked with a European network representing doctors in 450 hospitals in 25 countries to successfully interpret and visualise the spread of drug-resistant MRSA.
In the light of the light spread of regions experiencing Zika outbreaks owing to climate change and globalisation, non-indigenous mosquito species established in Europe together with the pathogens they transmit are currently being investigated in a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF together their role in the transmission of pathogens.
The herbs peppermint, chamomile, rosemary and lavender have been proved to have an impact on mood and memory, with significant benefits displayed for older people, according to new research from Northumbria University.
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