University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce celebrated their joint collaboration to establish an HTRC (High Temperature Research Centre) when the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor David Eastwood and Rolls-Royce Director of Research and Technology Ric Parker ‘broke ground’ at the Centre’s new site at Ansty Park, near Coventry.
A new £20 million three-year programme that will support research to develop new low carbon manufacturing processes and technologies, low carbon cities and offshore renewables in the UK and China has been agreed.
University of Dundee’s Professors Claire Halpin and Mary Renfrew have been elected as Fellows of the RSE (Royal Society of Edinburg). They are among 53 new Fellows recognised by the RSE as having achieved excellence within their discipline or profession and come from a range of disciplines, spanning arts, business, science and technology sectors.
NanoKTN (Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network) one of UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for micro and nanotechnologies, records it has helped the UK industry in more than 70 actions securing over £82m in projects in the last six years.
The aim of the international initiative “Physical Internet” is to make the flow of goods more efficient, more flexible and more sustainable worldwide. Just as information in the form of data packets is sent through widely branching open routes in the World Wide Web, goods are meant to arrive at their destination seamlessly, fast and flexibly in a world-wide logistics network.
The research group of Professor Jairo Sinova at the Institute of Physics at JGU (Johannes Gutenberg University) Mainz, in collaboration with researchers from Prague, Cambridge, and Nottingham, have predicted and discovered a new physical phenomenon that allows manipulation of the state of a magnet by electric signals.
Scottish technology company Dukosi has raised £320,000 to support the commercial launch of a product it believes could provide a big boost to the efficiency of not just electric vehicles batteries, but could also extend to critical monitoring of grid efficiency.
A new class of magnetic materials and devices with improved performance and power efficiency are emerging from an international team of scientists led by physicists from the University of York with HZB (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin) and Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a lightweight, handheld, ultra-precision hyper spectral camera for the detection of skin cancers and their precursors. From the surface of the skin, the camera recognises early stages of cancer that are invisible to the naked eye.
Supercomputer TSUBAME recently upgraded from 2.0 to 2.5. Swallow in Japanese, Tsubame is the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) symbol. TSUBAME also stands for Tokyo Tech Supercomputer and Ubiquitously Accessible Mass Storage Environment,one of the world's top, large-scale supercomputers.
AdaCore has released its latest Ada cross-development environment, GNAT Pro 7.2, for ARM processors running Linux. This provides a complete Ada development environment oriented towards embedded systems that require the flexibility and extensive services provided by Linux.
Colin McInnes, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Strathclyde writes in The Herald to remind Scotland that EDF and its existing nuclear capacity is still a major carbon conscious player in the total UK energy scene.
Europe’s largest teaching laboratory of Sony PlayStation consoles has been opened at Abertay University in Dundee with permanently installed 30 new PlayStation Vita development kits, that games students have open access to beside existing PlayStation 3 and 4 development kits.
Scientist-entrepreneurs from Berlin complement their web application by native apps for mobile devices operating under Android and iOS. Notes, photos, annotations and sketches recorded with the labfolder mobile app are seamlessly transferred into the digital lab notebook.
AIM listed Atlantis Resources Ltd secures €7.7 million EC grant funding that will support deployment of multi tidal-turbine arrays at the business’ MeyGen tidal energy site, an installation that will be supported by DHI, Royal Haskoning DHV and the University of Edinburgh.
Ghent University researchers report progress with an optical circuit that uses bend and stretch interconnections made of PDMS (poly-dimethyl siloxane) in a light guide light that can even operate when stretched up to 30% and when bent around an object the diameter of a human finger. Next move, system shrink!
A three-year project, called Pheme is to be a lie detector for social media with an international group of researchers, led by University of Sheffield, building a system that will automatically verify online rumours as they spread globally.
KPMG UK announces a sponsorship deal with pivigo academy, the organisers of the first Data Science Summer School in the UK, a new pioneering project which aims to recruit 100 of Europe’s brightest PhD students and turn them into data scientists during a 5 week intensive course.
Scientists at Harvard University and MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory)(MBL) hope new understanding of a nanoscale photonic device that enables the small marine cuttlefish to dynamically change its colours will inspire improved protective camouflage for soldiers. At Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in collaboration with Christian Peeters research from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France) discloses specialisation of queen and worker ants shows ants grow the size of their thoracic segments differently, according to the specialised tasks they will perform as adults, findings that may serve yet as a robotic model.
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