When nuclear fuel is recycled, the process releases radioactive krypton and xenon gases. Naturally occurring uranium in rock contaminates basements with the related gas radon. But now a new porous material called CC3 effectively traps these gases.
Gaberlunzie sees the laser's history getting an airing with the retirement of laser inventor Charles Hard Townes, Professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who turns 99 on July 28, and has an adoring campus about to throwing him a long-overdue birthday party.
Dr Martin PH Lavery from Glasgow University is awarded one of the seven Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships awarded to engineering researchers whose projects have the potential to bring radical innovation to their fields. His work will focus on a revolution in expanding optical data transmission.
In 2013 over 13, 642 incidents reported to the UK regulator related to faulty medical equipment, which led to over 300 deaths and almost 5,000 serious injuries. Low priority given to NHS engineers is leading to problems caused by faulty medical equipment, cancelled operations and bad value for taxpayers money.
Glasgow-based GSS (Gold Standard Simulations) has a multimillion dollar contract to license its complete TCAD/EDA tool suite to GlobalFoundries. The news follows on from the world's largest foundry TSMC also licensing the statistical analysis tools.
Researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Barcelona Tech (UPC), the Instituto de Química Mèdica (IQM-CSIC) and University of Glasgow have proved that the CD27 drug is a true alternative against malaria. They have analysed the crystalline structure of the DNA with the drug by performing X-ray diffraction experiments at ALBA synchrotron.
£30million funding is announced by Secretary of State for Industry the Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP for two new research packages to develop advanced materials and investigate NDE (non-destructive evaluation). The major Scottish player is Strathclyde University.
As US research into Ormia ochracea a parasitic fly discovers its survival depends on a unique and sophisticated sound processing mechanism, which can be adapted for a generation of hypersensitive hearing aids, UK research shows that bio-acoustic recorders can provide vital additional information to help protect such rare and endangered birds as the European nightjar, the Capercaillie and the wood lark.
Bluesky, creator of the first ever National Tree Map, is working with researchers at the University of Leicester to investigate airborne mapping systems used to identify diseases in trees. UK tree health has been increasingly in the news over recent years, Phytophthora ramorum affecting larch trees, Chalara dieback of ash and the Dothistroma needle blight on pine trees being just some examples.
As KPMG and Imperial team on a combined Data Institute, the UK government is to provide £42 million, over 5 years, to fund the Alan Turing Institute and has asked the EPSRC (Engineering and physical Sciences Research Council) to act as key partner to realise this and position the UK as a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data. Accordingly the EPSRC now invites UK universities to submit expressions of interest in joining the consortium to establish the Institute.
KPMG and Imperial College London are to launch of a major new partnership to create the 'KPMG Centre for Advanced Business Analytics'. KPMG will invest over £20m, with the aim of putting the UK at the forefront of data science.
For close to 180 years, Charles Darwin’s library aboard the ship "HMS Beagle" during his landmark expedition around the world in the 1830s has remained lost having been dispersed at the end of the voyage. Today, amazingly it has been electronically re-constructed in its entirety and also made freely available online as part of the Darwin Online website. The moving genius behind this is historian of science, Dr John van Wyhe, a senior lecturer at the National University of Singapore.
Despite the European Court of Justice overthrowing the Data Retention Directive as too broad and with too few safeguards to protect against abuse of privilege, meaning that UK mass surveillance of citizen communications lacked legality, the UK Government has subsequently introduced primary legislation to restore its powers and ISPs are to collect, store and share data on demand with public sector workers under the RIPA law.
Critically acclaimed and bestselling crime writer Val McDermid is to have the new mortuary at the University of Dundee named after her. One of a group of leading crime writers who lent their support to the University’s `Million for a Morgue’ campaign, where the public were asked to donate money to the campaign and vote for which writer they would like the morgue to be named after. Her runner up is Stuart MacBride whom the University is to name a dissecting room after for his passionate support of the campaign.
Researchers are discovering that the bird populations of common insectivorous birds like starlings and barn swallows are declining in farmland areas with high levels of the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid. This is shown by an analysis of detailed data on local bird population trends and environmental factors, which include imidacloprid concentrations in surface water.
It has been an eight year journey to secure .scot - dictated by ICANN's application and selection process. Now for the first time, it will now be possible for the Scottish community to identify itself on-line. This will open up new possibilities for business, as well as for arts, music and language. Previously, anyone wanting a domain name in Gaelic had to use the Anglicised version of their name. Now .scot can handle all six Scottish languages and dialects.
As six freeze dried smallpox virus vials (among history's most deadly diseases declared eradicated in the 1980's) are discovered at National Institutes of Health in Maryland stored there since the '50s might catch the imagination, far more worrying is a Korean medical team discovery of a new strain of drug resistant S. pneumonia bacteria (Streptococcus Pneumoniae) while WHO (World Health Organisation) reports drug resistant tuberculosis on the rise with 500,000 new drug-resistant cases each year.
University of Manchester is to be the host of Graphene Week 2015 – a key international conference for scientists studying graphene. The international conference covering fundamental science of grapheme and applications of graphene-based devices - is to be the main annual event of the European Graphene Flagship in June 2015.
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