An international committee of taxonomists at the ESF International Institute for Species Exploration have selected the top 10 from among the approximately 18,000 new species named during the previous year and appositely released the list to coincide with the birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy on May 23. Google however chooses to feature the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest (see below) and is saving Linnaeus for another year!!
The new EU funded ODInE (Open Data Incubator for Europe) which involves the University of Southampton, is calling for startups across the UK and Europe to apply for a place on its new programme, with the chance to secure up to €100k of grant funding.
In January this year, genetic engineering was seen to have overtaken GMO (genetic modification) with GMO regulations losing their bite, as a new portfolio of non-regulated, but "genetically engineered" plant products emerged from organisations like Monsanto. Fast forward to the genetic technique CRISPR9 or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, that will happily edit any targeted gene and which scientists in China recently report carrying out first experiments using the process to alter the DNA of non-viable human embryos.
Based on fruit fly analysis, University of Leicester scientists discover nearly 80 genes associated with ‘morningness’ and ‘eveningness’ in a study could pave the way to better diagnostics, and ultimately personal medicine, where larks and owls can receive their tailored therapies
A vocabulary of sign language which is to revolutionise how science is taught to deaf children has reached a milestone today with its thousandth sign as the 'fireball' is the thousandth term to be added to a website compiled by experts for use by teachers, interpreters and pupils
A new world class facility with the potential to support up to 1,300 jobs on site, and create a further 940 new jobs across the Highlands and Islands over the next five years is officially opened by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney.
A piece of work by the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre on how to turn a basic electronics lab into a low-cost, complete telecommunications lab has received the best paper award at EDUCON (Global Education Conference) in the category of “Innovative Materials, Teaching and Learning Experiences in Engineering Education”
Page views and “likes” are great for journalists' and webmasters’ egos, but don't pay any bills. University of Luxembourg researchers may have a solution. They identify a secure, anonymous way for readers, viewers and gamers to pay for online content without having to make a cash payment.
The life-threatening disease typhoid fever results from the bacterial pathogen Salmonella battling with the body’s immune cells. Prof. Dirk Bumann’s research group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has uncovered how the typhoid pathogen repeatedly manages to evade the host’s immune system.
As Edinburgh University takes action to reduce fossil fuel emissions, its efforts are rather counter balanced by President Obama’s administration giving 'conditional approval' for Shell to start drill for oil off the Alaskan coast this summer.
The Sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only it was known how to harvest and store it. But storing sunshine is not trivial. Now Anders Bo Skov, a student of Chemistry, at University of Copenhagen has researched his way to a breakthrough, possibly pivotal for technologies trying to capture the solar energy and saving it.
IMDEA Networks is to launch an ambitious research project to measure Europe’s mobile broadband networks. It aims to provide objective data to help us understand and improve the quality experienced by the end-user.
Three women scientists from the Universities of Bethe, Bern, Switzerland and Göttingen, Germany have succeeded in restoring vision to blind mice. They have developed a molecular light switch as a potential therapy for acquired blindness.
Back in 2011 the proposal was that MOD should fund security hackers. Now in 2015 Edinburgh Napier University is to update Conan Doyle with Digital Sherlocks, as it becomes home to a new international crime-busting team targeting sophisticated online criminals. The experts in computer security will gather at Edinburgh Napier University on Wednesday for the launch of the ICA (International Cyber Academy) in The Glassroom (below) at Edinburgh Napier’s Merchiston campus.
For manufacturers of nitride laser diodes, ridge etching offers a fair performance and cost trade-off. But the selection of the etch depth means compromise: if it is shallow and leaves a p-side waveguide thickness of 100nm or more, high lateral current leakage and optical mode instability in the waveguide will impair performance. If it is deep, benefits of a decrease in threshold current density, strong index guiding and a high slope efficiency is weighed against the challenge of realising both high etch quality and good thermal management.
Classical music is hard to define in specific terms, but it is generally understood to be music rooted in Western European traditions, performed by trained musicians in formal settings like concert halls, opera houses, and churches. Key emphasis is the faithful interpretation of composers' written scores. Classical music's roots however lie in the chant melodies of Medieval religious rites.
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