Local authorities and businesses in the UK are being encouraged to consider how they might respond to "improbable" or "unforeseen" disruption, including that prompted by developments in technology as Pinset Mason a leading academic warns that the business support infrastructure in Scotland hinders the ability of businesses to ‘scale-up’, as a “preoccupation” with technology firms was skewing the available funding.
Scotland’s ground-breaking CivTech pilot has launched a new challenge for developers and entrepreneurs to stimulate the nation’s cyber security agenda. Backed by Scottish Government, the CivTech pilot is harnessing new technologies to drive innovation in the public sector. With the launch of its “WildCard Challenge” the CivTech pilot looks for new cyber security products and ideas with a clear application for public sector and significant commercial potential in the fight against cyber threats and IT disruption. The successful applicant will be awarded £15,000 funding and a place on the CivTech pilot’s dedicated three-month accelerator programme in Edinburgh.
The IEEE's annual IEDM conference is a world premier forum for scientists and engineers in the field of micro and nanoelectronics to present research breakthroughs. This is an advance glance at some of the most newsworthy topics and papers to be presented at the 61st annual meeting, being held at the Washington, D.C. Hilton from December 7-9, 2015. Subjects include memories, Nand architecture, RRAM, alternatives to Silicon, IGZO transistors 3D devices & circuits, power, silicon photonics, flexible electronics, STT-MRAM et al.
Katharine Blodgett Gebbie, a visionary physicist and senior government research administrator who supervised and mentored four Nobel laureates in physics, died August 17, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland. She was 84.
Scottish informatics company Aridhia will be among a cohort of research organisations undertaking the world’s most in-depth study to better detect Alzheimer’s Dementia, aiming to identify early signs of the disease and improve our understanding of its progression.
The wide range of robotic work currently being undertaken makes it hard to keep up with developments that range from a smart mobile outdoor robotic trash bin to motivate students in cleanliness campaigns, to ensuring an assistive robot partner is both expressive and communicative so being likely to make it more satisfying to work with and leading users to trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes!
The Minister for International Development has chaired a meeting with a range of key stakeholders to highlight a commitment to the introduction of a post-study work visa and called on UK Government to include Scottish Universities in the student visa pilot programme.
The 3,000 Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing in the highlands of northern Greece has been dendrocronologically dated to be more than 1,075 years old making it currently the oldest known living tree in Europe. The millennium old pine was discovered by scientists from Stockholm University (Sweden), the University of Mainz (Germany) and the University of Arizona (USA).
From the June uproar over Scottish pupils sitting a computing science paper "riddled with errors" and including an unanswerable question, to the news now that numbers of Scotland's computing has dropped by 25 per cent in the past decade, raising fears that many specialists are moving south. Figures put active computer science teachers in Scotland at 598. In 2005 that figure was 802. Some 17 local authorities schools have schools with no computing teachers, while two thirds of Highland schools have no specialists.
A Memorandum of Understanding will see both Babylon undergraduate and postgraduate students finishing their studies in Huddersfield.Students from one of the most fabled cities of the ancient world will soon be completing their degrees and boosting their qualifications at the University of Huddersfield.
Next month, having scoured hundreds of entries to its leading product innovation fund and accelerator programme, the Design Council will showcase more than a dozen of its Spark programme’s pioneering products on 20 September.
AstraQom UK, a subsidiary of the world’s largest local business VoIP provider and telecommunications cloud architecture operator, has opened of its new headquarters at Cranfield University Technology Park, Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom.
Kimera Systems have launched Nigel – claimed the world’s first commercial human-like intelligence technology for connected devices. Nigel was delivered at a birthday party held in downtown Portland by its creator, Kimera co-founder and CEO Mounir Shita. The Nigel AGI (Artificial General Intelligence technology began learning immediately in the same way humans do: by observing the behaviour of people with Nigel-enabled devices.
Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research having developed new nano-robotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumours. This way of injecting medication ensures the optimal targeting of a tumour and avoids jeopardising the integrity of organs and surrounding healthy tissues. As a result, a drug dosage that is highly toxic for the human organism could be significantly reduced.
A University of Dundee Masters student has stepped back through the mists of time to recreate the face of one of the most notorious figures from Scotland’s history, solving an ancient mystery in the process. Emma Price (23) has recreated the face of Henry Stuart, better known as Lord Darnley, as part of her MSc Forensic Art & Facial Identification course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, part of the University. Her work will be one of the exhibits at this year’s Masters Show, which opens at Duncan of Jordanstone this weekend.
What Albert Einstein famously dismissed as “Spooky action at a distance” in 2015 finds the universe officially proven to be weird! Many decades of research, and a series of experiments show that distant, entangled objects can, seemingly, interact with each other through what Einstein dismissed “Spooky action at a distance”.
Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the legendary rock band, Queen, gave the world one of the most famous and recognisable singing voices in music history. But how did he manage to achieve such vocal range? A new study in "Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology" set out with the ambitious task of analysing Mercury’s voice. Selecting archive recordings, as well as using a rock singer to imitate, a team of Austrian, Czech and Swedish authors have discovered interesting findings about a voice once described as “a force of nature with the velocity of a hurricane.”
As ever bio systems are the most ingenious material building systems as proved by the humble barnacle. Barnacles exude an adhesive with exceptional bonding properties. In a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, biologists from Vienna have investigated this substance which has enormous potential for medical and engineering use and accordingly gained many new insights.
New research identifies future threats to, and opportunities for insects, birds, mammals, and reptiles that pollinate wild flowers and crops: 35% of global crop production and 85% of wild flowering plants rely on hard-working pollinators to thrive. Researchers urge proactive prevention, not slow reactive mitigation, and they need the continuation of positive steps in order to reduce chemical usage across landscapes.
New research suggests that it is possible to create a new form of light, by binding light to a single electron, combining the properties of both. According to the scientists behind the study, from Imperial College London, the coupled light and electron would have properties that could lead to circuits that work with packages of light – photons – instead of electrons. It would also allow researchers to study quantum physical phenomena, which govern particles smaller than atoms, on a visible scale.
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