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.
Naked mole-rats (Heterocephalus glaber), also known as the sand puppy or desert mole rat, is a burrowing blesmol native to parts of East Africa and are the longest-living rodent species and exhibit “extraordinary” resistance to cancer. Mole-rats live up to 30 years, or 10 times longer than mice, and captured colonies almost never show any type of cancer. Understanding these animals’ anti-cancer mechanisms may help advance human treatment in the future, according to a collaborative research team from Hokkaido University and Keio University in Japan.
The University of Dundee is providing a £740m boost to Scottish economy yearly and supports over 8000 jobs. For every £1 of Scottish Government funding, the University generates over £7 for the Scottish economy. 1 in every 12 jobs in Dundee is supported by the University’s activities.
Home storage systems for PV (photovoltaic) electricity are gaining attractiveness, as their costs are declining. However, standardised, verifiable criteria for end clients to assess their performance are still lacking. The largest German study so far has now been launched to analyse commercial systems with respect to safety, quality, and grid suitability and to derive recommendations for manufacturers, standardisation bodies, and authorities. The “SafetyFirst” project is funded with€4 million by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and scheduled for a duration of three years.
Parasitic nematode worms are the `hidden enemy’ of farmers world-wide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year. Now an international research (the collaboration of some 15 Universities and research bodies, led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute) has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the yellow potato cyst nematode (PCN), giving scientists new insights into how it can be stopped.
Professor Caroline Dean of the John Innes Centre receives the accolade of an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours. The Norfolk plant scientist has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire both for her work in understanding genetic regulation and LAO for her commitment to advancing careers for women working in science.
Gaberlunzie is charmed to hear that Japanese scientists are behind the discovery of element 113, the first atomic element found, not in Europe or the United States, but in Asia. It is dubbed "ununtrium" but to be named "nihonium" after the Japanese-language name for the country.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an extremely efficient small-size energy storage, a micro-supercapacitor, which can be integrated directly inside a silicon microcircuit chip. The high energy and power density of the miniaturised energy storage relies on the new hybrid nanomaterial developed recently at VTT. This technology opens new possibilities for integrated mobile devices and paves the way for zero-power autonomous devices required for the future Internet of Things (IoT).
A new test created by researchers at the University of California has cut the number of hepatitis C (HCV) diagnosis testing steps in half – meaning going from two steps to one. At present, patients are diagnosed with hepatitis C after undergoing a blood test, the Hepatitis C Antibody Test. If the antibodies prove to be reactive, then patients will have to have a follow-up test to confirm the diagnosis.
Scientists at Harvard John A. Paulson SEAS (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) have demonstrated the first planar lens that works with high efficiency within the visible spectrum of light — covering the whole range of colours from red to blue. The lens can resolve nanoscale features separated by distances smaller than the wavelength of light. It uses an ultra-thin array of tiny waveguides, a metasurface, which bends light as it passes through.
A new blood test to detect Mycobacteria in blood has been developed by a team at The University of Nottingham led by Dr Cath Rees, an expert in microbiology in the School of Biosciences and Dr Ben Swift from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. The researchers have used this new method to show that cattle diagnosed with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) have detectable levels of bacterium Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) in their blood which causes this disease.
To celebrate the Royal Astronomical Society’s 200th Anniversary, North Wales based artists Jessica Lloyd-Jones and Ant Dickinson have created a sensory installation of light, colour, optics and sound inspired by astronomy. The exhibit is on display at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Flint, north Wales, until 4 June.
Research carried out by University of Glasgow academics describes how double-stranded DNA splits using de-localised sound waves, that are the hallmark of quantum effects. The paper is published today in "Nature Communications".
According to "Tech City UK’s 2016 report, Scotland only scores with three tech clusters, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. Over 21,300 people are estimated to work in digital roles across Edinburgh and are among the highest paid in the sector across the UK. The city’s appeal for digital businesses as well as skilled, digital workers has a positive impact on local commercial and property markets; hospitality and retail; and help to drive the growth of digital learning in our universities.
An highly auspicious election has Professor Vicki Hanson, selected as President of ACM (Association for Computer Machinery) the world’s largest computing society, which now also now sets a precedent with its all female Executive Committee! Not only does Professor Hanson provide an outstanding role model for girls to adopt STEM subjects and technology, among many roles, she is also Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee
For years, 2D graphene material has showed a promise to shrink electronics make them more efficient. But despite enormous potential and the focus for high expectations, practical use and applications have yet to emerge, with the devil being in the detail. Now scientists at MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) develop a new type of power-efficient transistor using bi-layered graphene. that works with ultra-low power consumption and could be used to increase processor clock speeds up to a staggering 100 GHz. Almost simultaneously, a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has come to grips with some of the detail "devils" in semiconductors.
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.
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