As Professor Tracey Wilkinson is appointed as the University of Dundee’s Principal Anatomist and Cox Chair of Anatomy, Professor Sandy Cochran becomes one of the 14 leading researchers from around the UK to be appointed a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder.
The potential to develop new drugs to target a class of enzymes implicated in major diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative conditions has been boosted with the development of a new drug discovery method in a research effort led by the University of Dundee.
As Manchester, Antonios Oikonomou is winner of the Eli and Britt Harari Graphene Enterprise Award 2014 for the set up of GCSS (Graphene Characterisation and Standardisation Service) Grafoid Inc announces the purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of ALCERECO in exchange for 250,000 common shares of Grafoid at a price of $5.00 per share, for a total value of $1,250,000 as the graphene company opens its Ontario MesoGraf production facilities in Kingston, Ontario.
Anyone who picks up "2040" by Graham Tottle and reads its back cover will certainly learn that the author is an Anglo-Scot. With forbearing seafarers from Orkney and Hull, there's understandably lots of lovely writing about boats and yachts, but equally inclusive of nuclear power, robots and surveillance. Obviously as the work of a Cambridge trained historian and computer scientist, you would expect and will find the novel to be truly scientific, dimensional and 'technology-couth.'
As a Japanese company Softbank offers a robot that expresses emotion researchers in Bangladesh design a computer programme that can accurately recognise users’ emotional states by as much as 87% of the time, depending on the emotion, but especially the extremes of joy and anger.
Everyone knows R2D2!! Now consider C2D2!! the Paraswift robot that has won an award in the ‘Prolongation of service life’ category in an international competition at the COIN (Concrete Innovation Conference ) on 13 June 2014 held for the first time this year.
A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.
Climate change and the increasing pressure on the planet’s natural resources mean raising awareness and innovating around environmental sustainability has never been more urgent. How can rural Scotland address these issues? £20k prototype funding is on offer.
A paid placement scheme for Scotland’s future IT experts has been given a five-year funding boost. Set up in 2010 and run by Edinburgh Napier University in partnership with trade body ScotlandIS, e-placement Scotland has successfully created 900 placement opportunities to date to match small firms with students and address a skills shortage in the sector.
A recent study by researchers from the NUS (National University of Singapore) demonstrates for the first time that different types of Buddhist meditation – the Vajrayana and Theravada styles - elicit qualitatively different influences on human physiology and behaviour, producing respectively arousal and relaxation.
A simulation study of Ge (germanium) and Si (silicon) pOS FinFET to demonstrate that Si strain, silicide contact resistance, BTBT (band to band tunnelling) and GIDL (gate induced drain leakage) all contribute to Ge being less than ideal as a replacement for current silicon FinFETs has been undertaken by an intriguing team, half located in Glasgow, Scotland and half in San Jose, California.
The recent studies into the Gheko's sticky-footed ability, and developments with self-organising thousand-robot swarms based on biological collectives, shows that the hard engineering approach to robotic development is maturing into much softer skills facilities to develop adaptable robotic skills based on 'soft' living entities.
The existence of the "Hacienda" spy program reported by a group of journalists, has five western intelligence agencies using the Hacienda software to identify vulnerable servers across the world in order to control them and use them for their own purposes. TUM (Technische Universität München) scientists have developed free software that can help prevent this kind of identification and the subsequent systems capture.
Newborns suffering from life-threatening bacterial infections such as sepsis could benefit from improved treatment, thanks to a ground-breaking study where researchers have been able to detect and decode a signal generated from a baby’s DNA that can tell whether or not a bacterial infection is present in the bloodstream.
Another Skills Investment Plan, this aimed at helping Scotland’s engineering and advanced manufacturing sector attract the new entrants it needs has been launched by SDS (Skills Development Scotland) together with key industry figures, stakeholders and employers at the Glasgow Science Centre.
Professor Paul Harris is appointed Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), part of the University of Dundee. He was previously Head of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and brings with him a wealth of leadership experience, a passion for creative clusters, not to mention cultural economics and cultural regeneration.
If anyone flung themselves wholeheartedly into the Glasgow Games it has to have been Cisco. In its wrap-up session, the official network infrastructure sponsor of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, reveals some details of what was involved and what is ongoing.
This month carbon material expert Morgan Advanced Materials declared a £15m contract win to supply protected vehicles to a European country drawing upon its global expertise in composite, ceramic armour systems to be executed during 2014 and 2015. It also declared its latest strategy move, a joint development agreement with University of Manchester, aimed at scaling up a new process for graphene manufacture.
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