The European Commission has launched its campaign for coordinated public investments in micro- and nano-electronics (semiconductors and computer chips) to expand Europe's advanced manufacturing base. While Cambridge and Dublin are named, it looks as if Scotland having lost CSTG (Compound Semiconductor Technology Global) in 2011 with only NatSemi in Greenock has missed the boat, though it may rate photonics inclusion, thanks to Strathclyde/Fraunhofer CAP
A new slow-motion method of controlling the synthesis of polymers, which takes inspiration from both trees and Celtic Knots, opens up new possibilities in areas including medical devices, drug delivery, elastics and adhesives.
A €4.6 million research project ChangingEmployment, a Marie Curie International Training network to identify the nature of the restructuring of European labour markets and economies as a result of current economic and social change is to be coordinated by the University of Strathclyde
Translocation – or moving animals to safer places – is a vital tool for saving species from extinction. Many factors influence the success of the new populations, including habitat quality, predators, capture and release techniques, the number and sex of individuals, and their genetic diversity. Now research, the first of its kind, published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology suggests bird song could also be important.
Fully funded places on taught postgraduate programmes at the University of Dundee have been made available as part of a Scottish Funding Council (SFC) initiative to develop a high-level skills base across key sectors of the Scottish economy.
There are no technical or functional reasons for Amazon and Apple to fence off their e-book worlds using proprietary e-book formats. This is the result of a research study conducted by Professor Dr. Christoph Bläsi and Professor Dr. Franz Rothlauf of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and handed over today to Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, in Brussels.
In the UK, the news is that you can get your hands on a real Enigma machine, thanks to the Bletchley Park Trust's Enigma Outreach programme. Education Officer Tom Briggs has swapped teaching maths for telling people about code-making and code-breaking. At another end of the spectrum, even Google, NASA and a Universities consortium will need codes to program the quantum D-Wave Two computer.
Strathclyde University researchers with a team of 14 European organisations, appreciating that oceans and seas have the potential for chemicals and compounds and materials that could range from cancer cures to antibiotics are to work on the SeabioTech project. Led by Professor Brian McNeil, it is awarded £6.3m for sea sourced materials that can be used in pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and industrial chemistry sectors.
The University of Strathclyde’s PNDC (Power Networks Demonstration Centre) first of its kind in Europe is officially opened, established in response to demand for secure, reliable and environmentally-friendly electricity across the globe.
In April, University of Surrey disclosed the architectural design of its new £35m centre for research into 5G mobile technology due to open in January 2015, housing 130 researchers from the University and its industrial partners, as well as providing a base for 90 PhD students. It is estimated that 5G mobile networks will be available to the public from around 2021. Now one of its key industrial players, Samsung Electronics has made a breakthrough in developing mobile technologies for 5G networks that would provide data transmission up to several hundred times faster than the current 4G technology.
Calamitous computer glitches could be prevented if research by the University of Strathclyde academics together with experts from Microsoft and Universities of Edinburgh and Copenhagen are successful in developing the 'ne plus ultra' of program verification.
Carbon dioxide above 400 parts per million was first seen in the Arctic last year, and also spiked above that level in hourly readings at Mauna Loa observatory. The average reading for an entire day however surpassed that level at Mauna Loa for the first time in the 24 hours that ended at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday.
Gaberlunzie ponders on the current fashionable app Snapchat with the mobile and intensely interactive crowd as the slightly older fraternity grumble about not having sufficiently mobile fingers for fast operations!! (and the Snapchat logo for some reason reminds him of Caspar.)
Europeans are basically one big family from From Ireland to the Balkans, closely related to one another for the past thousand years, according to a new DNA study of people from across the continent. Which doubtless explains why they squabble.
A Memorandum of Understanding, between SDI (Scottish Development International) and Incheon Metropolitan City was signed in South Korea today. The MoU is intended to foster knowledge sharing, ideas and technology for the development of marine energy industries while also creating a new market for Scottish tidal energy companies to export products and services.
Wow! Gaberlunzie can now raise his voice in song and be rewarded by instant musical notation to remember whatever little ditty has just emerged, or got stuck in his head. A new mobile app ScoreCleaner Notes, created by a researcher from KTH Royal Institute of Technology makes it possible to score any melody instantly and share it
UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands) has teamed up with NHS Western Isles to find out if new technologies could be used to help patients learn about life with type 2 diabetes. The move comes as US North Carolina researchers have created a ‘smart’ system, injected into the body that responds to changes in blood sugar by releasing insulin, effectively controlling blood-sugar levels. Successfully trialled on mice discussions are underway to move the technology to clinical trials for use in humans.
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