Damien Anderson, a computer science researcher at the University of Strathclyde, has won the prestigious Scotland-wide award the Robertson Medal, from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, presented annually by the Trust to the most outstanding student on its PhD scholarship programme.
The performance of modern buildings is judged not just by how much they cost to build, but how much they cost to run, how much energy they consume, how little they damage the environment, and in general, how sustainable they are.
UK farming business futures look uncertain warns a new report on the agricultural implications of leaving the EU. Written by University of Warwick academic, Professor Wyn Grant with a working party set up by the Farmer-Scientist Network, the report covers topics as diverse as impact on single farm payment, regulation, plant protection, world trade, animal health, welfare and migrant labour.
GEIC (Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre) on Manchester's Oxford Road looks to get the green light with planners saying it will be a significant contribution to establishing Corridor Manchester as an "economic powerhouse". Plans are to build a new hospital, refurbish a 13-storey office block, and build a 183-bedroom hotel (with obligatory casino?) and restaurant, are also nearing approval. Another in the global University blend trend.
Hot on the heels of Lancaster University’s health hub and isolab, comes news from St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto and Ryerson University that it has entered into a 20-year partnership to research and develop innovative health-care solutions, with one more option namely to support start-up biomedical companies seeking to improve patient care.
Gaberlunzie was ruminating on the fact that while women may lag in IT they are holding their own as makars and poets. The nack might be to claim code can produce beautiful poems to lure the girls into joining the men's code games
As Gertrude hammers through Scotland, an innovative planar photonic crystal chip, fabricated at the University of St. Andrews has been tested at the FOM institute AMOLF in the Amsterdam Science Park, and used to generate ultrafast (163fs long) and subwavelength (203nm wide) nanoscale rogue waves.
Humans have a remarkable ability to integrate information from multiple memories and infer indirect relationships. In Europe neuroscientists from Donders Institute, Radboud University show that rhythmic brain waves or theta oscillations, engage and synchronise brain regions that support the integration of memories. In the USA researchers at Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences show that what ultimately causes the brain to fold, is a simple mechanical instability, associated with buckling.
The UK Border Agency has stopped processing applications for Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visas. Those on Tier 4 student visas wishing to remain in the UK after graduation now need to qualify for a Tier 2 visa. In many cases only graduates who have an offer of a skilled job from a sponsoring employer under Tier 2 of the points-based system will be able to stay and work in the UK. What says the Scottish CDO?
A new study from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet shows that the ‘grammar’ of the human genetic code is more complex than that of even the most intricately constructed spoken languages in the world, while in New York University's Department of Biology a team of scientists disclose greater intricacy in protein signalling than was previously understood, sheding new light on the nature of genetic production
A University of Leicester study is to address gender inequality in UK-based game design higher education programmes and the marginalised status of women in the video game industry will be challenged by a new international research project.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney has hailed news that productivity in Scotland outperformed the UK in 2014 and across the period of recession and recovery. Official statistics last week show output per hour worked in Scotland - a measure of how much output the economy produces in each working hour - has grown 4.4 per cent since 2007. That compares to UK growth of 0.2 per cent on its 2007 level.
Regional NHS, together with Google, IBM and Phillips are part of the partnership that with seven regional universities will create Test Bed centres. First wave locations are Surrey, Sussex, Lancashire, Sheffield, Birmingham and Manchester. Simultaneously Lancaster University is owrking on a £2m suite of Ultralow Noise labs for quantum technology research.
A California geneticist John Carlos Garza and his team is are key players in a Californian effort to preserve its decimated salmon stock by using the latest genetic techniques to breed individual fish together. Serveral state conservation hatcheries now require his advice before any two salmon are mated to prevent inbreeding.
A fledgling Dundee-based games company launch its first game this week as it goes live on the Apple App store in 12 different languages. BAUM is reportedly a highly-addictive 2D platform game of great charm and the first release for the Dundee independent games studio, A Fox Wot I Drew
With the roll-to-roll overmoulding manufacturing process developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, components can be easily overmoulded into durable electronics products, such as wearable sports solutions, toys and household appliances equipped with an overmoulded solar cell.
The first CDO (Chief Digital Officer) for Scotland should be appointed with the responsibility to offer high-profile, expert leadership and challenge across Scottish Government, and the public and private sectors on how digital transformation can meet Scotland’s key economic challenge to increase productivity, says a new report.
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