A selection of leading UK research, post-graduate and undergraduate universities Cranfield, Central Lancashire and Leeds are partnering with Tableau Software to pilot a hands-on training course in data analytics for their students and professors. The one day course aims to raise awareness about the use of data analytics, helping staff and students close the gap in data skills amongst UK graduates and iin today's increasingly competitive workplace.
TETRACOM coordinator Rainer Leupers (below right) Professor of Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems at RWTH Aachen, commented: ‘Being a co-founder of several companies myself, I’m particularly glad that our project has also helped European start-ups get off the ground by transferring key technologies that contribute to the core of their product offer. I’m excited to see this level of industrial impact from a European project and I cordially wish them long-term market success.’
Gaberlunzie (always torn between "The Beano" and "The Dandy" as his pocket money would only support one or other, learnt the art of swap trading with school mates (aka EU negotiators) and always had a soft spot for Oor Wullie. So he would encourage any Oor Wullie followers out there that they should not overlook the "Bucket Trail" or Dundee’s biggest mass-participation public art event, that sees 16 of the 55 sculptures of Oor Wullie cartoon characters, installed in locations across the city.
What would you have? A gecko or a tortoise or a snake? Reptiles are exceedingly popular as pets, and the trade is booming. Between 2004 and 2014, official imports to the EU came to just under 21 million live specimens, more than six million ended up on the German market. These also included a large number of representatives of threatened species that can be sold at extremely high profits. Some collectors are quite willing to pay prices of several thousand euros for such rarities.
Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale. University of East Anglia research reveals these sources of timber are far from sustainable or entirely environmentally friendly. A study in PLoS ONE reveals once prime tropical hardwoods - such as Brazilian cedars, ipe (Brazilian walnut), and rosewood – have been logged, they do not grow back to the commercial levels again and are at risk of disappearing altogether.
A £4m Investment In the University’s New School Of Health, Social Care And Wellbeing. The new school will enable the UHI to develop and align its curriculum and research at all levels to meet the needs of the health and social care sectors across the region, but also including areas of life science and health service management and administration. The university will work closely and develop educational and research ideas in partnership with the NHS, HIE, local authorities, the Scottish and UK governments, and business as well as other universities and colleges and international partners.
Erik Bakke is an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science and has been the driver behind a new software tool, which he has developed with the help of his thesis advisor, MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering David Karge
In July 2015 scientists from York University warned that an entire ecosystem of birds, bugs and blanket bogs was under threat from climate change. Now geologists at Exeter University, studying Kentra Moss in Lochaber, report that climate change is increasing the salt levels in peatlands, making it less able to absorb carbon. In Scotland, some 20 per cent of the land is covered in peat, storing some 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon.
With fellow researchers at the PSI and the ETH Zurich, Ivo Aixneit has developed a procedure that uses solar energy to produce fuel by using a chemical process that uses the sun’s thermal energy to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into high-energy fuels: a procedure developed on the basis of a new material combination of cerium oxide and rhodium.
Scientists are marking the opening of the first fully automated DNA production facility in the UK. Researchers at the facility are looking to create and modify long strands of DNA used to equip cells or organisms with new or improved functions. The Edinburgh Genome Foundry will design, build and test large sections of DNA - the building blocks of life - using large-scale robotic processes. Research could lead to advances such as programming stem cells for use in personalised medicines, developing bacteria that can detect disease in the gut, or altering the DNA of biofuel crops to enable a higher yield.
Team Bielefeld at Bielefeld University was victorious in the RoboCup finale for CITEC (Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology) and has won RoboCup, the robotics world championship. The Team of Bielefeld secured victory in the household service league RoboCup@Home on Sunday, 3 July.
University of Glasgow spin-out firm Gold Standard Simulations Ltd, created by Professor Asen Asenov, is bought by Synopsys, the US chip design software company specialising in EDA (electronic design automation) and semiconductor IP, as well as ranking 15th among the world's largest software companies.
As Siemens extends its contract with Scotland’s Clyde wind farm, John Laing Enviro Assets buys the 26MW South Lanarkshire Dungavel wind farm, operational since October 2015, for £38.2 million, including working capital, as part of its First Offer Agreement with John Laing Group while Cubico Sustainable Investments completes the acquisition and financing of UK Solar Parks from British Solar Renewables London.
New research has identified clear signs that the hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close. Scientists from the University of Leeds were part of an international team led by Professor Susan Solomon of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to confirm the first signs of healing of the ozone layer, which shields life on Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
The TLPWIND project, led by Iberdrola Engineering & Construction (IEC) bringing together the expertise of the ORE (Offshore Renewable Energy) Catapult and University of Strathclyde, sees the development of a TLP (Tension Leg Platform) turbine foundation deliver a lightweight and stable solution for floating wind.
Gaberlunzie is deriving some laughter as he watches the Gaelic signpost stushie! He also notes that "For Argyll" has not covered the subject for seven years. He waits breathlessly, having fallen around at the old "Scotman" story where Bute was renamed ‘Penis Island” in a Gaelic sign error and he is pleased that ComputeScotland has got Save Gaelic on his front page left-hand column. Hot off "The Herald" is that scientists have created an App that teaches computers to understand Gaelic! But how good are they at speaking it?
To study the brain cell’s operation and test the effect of medication on individual cells, the conventional Petri dish with flat electrodes is not sufficient. For truly realistic studies, cells have to flourish within three-dimensional surroundings.
From fusion to pharmaceuticals, not to mention the human brain project, Brexit will setback major R&D technology projects and the UK may face losing its very excellent R&D status. Something similar is being seen this week, as China's installed supercomputers overtake those in America. Back in the UK even Apps developers question growth without EU partnership
Hundreds of bees with individual coloured number tags will be released tomorrow from the rooftops of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on Tuesday 21 June and over the next month for a project that hopes to uncover the secret lives of London’s bees. While in Scotland, parts of Cornwall, Devon, Wales, Yorkshire and the Isle of Man another project seeks to restore the Black Bee to its former territories.
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