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.
SFC (Scottish Funding Council) is supporting the creation of a new MSc in Sensor and Imaging Systems for entry September 2014. The much anticipated Masters have been developed in recognition of the high demand for qualified students to fill industry skills gaps within Scotland. Jointly taught and awarded by both the University of Glasgow and the University of Edinburgh, the programme drawing on knowledge and complementary expertise of renowned academics from four Schools in these two top-ranking Russell Group universities.
Recent declines in honey bee populations and increasing demand for insect-pollinated crops raise concerns about pollinator shortages. Pesticide exposure and pathogens may interact to have strong negative effects on managed honey bee colonies. Such findings are of great concern given the large numbers and high levels of pesticides found in honey bee colonies. Thus it is crucial to determine how field-relevant combinations and loads of pesticides affect bee health.
A supernumerary robotic limb (hand, arm or leg) may be one way humans can work better with partial robotic support and MIT researchers are augmenting "supernumerary robotic arms" to assist with tasks that humans find difficult.
Professor Nic Beech, presently Vice-Principal for Governance, Policy and Planning at the University of St Andrews has been appointed as Vice Principal and Head of CASS (College of Arts and Social Sciences)
As an International Energy Agency reports $8billion being wasted in online standby device power usage in 2013 and urges reform; VTT in Finland launches into a Neo-carbon Energy storage project, and an IHS report notes detail progress with a variety of MEMS energy sensor hubs with different routes to power conservation making huge market gains.
Energy specialists from universities in Aberdeen, Cardiff, Edinburgh. London, Manchester and St Andrews have written a joint letter to the "Sunday Herald" urging that Scotland should gain control over "a large portion" of the financial incentives for renewables energy schemes.
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