Engineering Scotland’s Autumn Lecture is hosted by the University of Glasgow and delivered by Professor Jim Hough OBE on the detection of Gravitational Waves. Hosted by the University of Glasgow, Doors open at 18.00, October 24, 2016. Professor Hough will discuss the work done at the University of Glasgow, and elsewhere, leading to the announcement of the discovery of Gravitational Waves in February of this year.
Birds fly, swim and walk, but now scientific evidence indicates they can also windsurf! Olle Terenius from the Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences reports that Mute swan occasionally use their wings as sails when moving quickly on water surfaces.
News that the Earlham Institute launches the first CyVerse-UK hub for ‘big data’ analysis, comes suitably on World Statistics day as Earlham Institute establishes the first UK dedicated HPC (high-performance computing) cluster for international data portal ‘CyVerse’ - providing free, open-source genome analysis for ‘big data’ research.
The Computational Intelligence Laboratory of Nottingham Trent University, UK, is part of the Si elegans project, set up in 2013 to create an emulation platform for the C. elegans nervous system. The objective is to create a reconfigurable, scalable and modular open-access computational platform that will provide a technological blueprint for a new era of brain-like computational architectures.
Findings of the latest Deloitte ‘Mobile Consumer Survey’ are that 37 million people in the UK now own a smartphone, and a more amazing statistic is that around a third of these mobile phone addicts admitted to waking up throughout the night to check their devices for messages, as well as reaching for the device as soon as they wake in the morning. Mobile devices have become an integral part of modern life that cannot be ignored. And time and attendance software developer UniqueIQ argues that the HR industries should be paying close attention.
Christopher Conselice, Professor of Astrophysics at Nottingham University has led an international team of astronomers to find the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies, twenty times more than previously thought. [ [Latest revision 100 – 200 billion galaxies]. Work begun with seed-corn funding from the Royal Astronomical Society is published in the" Astrophysical Journal." Portsmouth University astrophysicists create the largest Universe map tracking cosmic voids and superclusters and used to measure the effect of dark energy `stretching’ the Universe, results that confirm the predictions of Einstein’s theory of gravity.
As Upsala University discovers graphene can be hydrogenated with light, China’s Tsinghua and Donghua Universities discover that feeding silkworms a diet of single walled carbon nanotubes and graphene produces silk derived from the silkworms and are a viable component to build into a new wave of wearable devices or tactical clothing. Time to farm spiders perhaps?
Given that the Qatar National Cyber Security Strategy stressed the importance of developing local cyber security talent, multinational business facilitator Naseba hosted a fun and engaging youth empowerment program named CyQ during the 2nd day of the 9th Cyber Defence Summit that concluded yesterday in Doha.
University of Huddersfield Institute of Railway Research (IRR) experts are working with engineering giant Siemens to develop an inexpensive and easily-fitted sensor that could turn virtually every rail vehicle into a track monitor, detecting and transmitting vital information about the condition of rails and rail bed throughout the network. Result would not only be improvements in safety and reliability, but also provide major efficiency gains and cost savings for network operators, plus improved ride quality for passengers.
A new service which harnesses the power of social media to provide journalists, financiers, sports fans and straight news junkies with an invaluable ‘glimpse into the future’ is officially being unveiled today.
An economic, efficient, and environmentally-friendly technique for hydrogenation of graphene using visible light is developed by a team of researchers at Uppsala University and AstraZeneca Gothenburg, Sweden. The findings are published in “Nature Communications”.
An exceptional student from Robert Gordon’s University has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2016. Stuart Whitehead won first prize for an innovative project developing a software platform for internet of things (IoT) applications. The judge considered the project to be outstanding. Andreea Lutec from the University of Glasgow took second place for her project developing real time robot camera controls. Third place went to Ana Ciocarlan Aberdeen University for an innovative e-health project to monitor colorectal cancer. The Leidos Software Engineering Project Award went to Graeme Sutters from the University of Strathclyde who developed a seriously smart travel app.
A team of researchers from Solar Energy Institute at UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) are developing a system that allows the storage of energy in molten silicon - the most abundant element in the Earth's crust. The system, which has been recently published in "Energy Journal" has patent pending status in the United States, and aims to develop a new generation of low cost solar thermal stations and becoming the innovative storage system for electricity and cogeneration for urban centres.
Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh research teams have received over £2.5 million to discover more about bacteria biofilms. Bacteria protect themselves by forming biofilms, an extracellular glue-like substance. The team, funded by the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council), will work to find out how this matrix is formed, aiming to be able to infiltrate both helpful and harmful biofilms.
Using topology, Kosterlitz and Thouless described a topological phase transition in a thin layer of very cold matter. In the cold, vortex pairs form and then suddenly separate at the temperature of the phase transition. This was one of the twentieth century’s most important discoveries in the physics of condensed matter. (Illustration below) coutesy Johan Jarnestad.
Combined with the knowledge that a single technology will not do everything, a group of South African scientists at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape, have pioneered a solar energy generation technology that had Google stumped.
Four major research programme grants, totalling £17.7 million, that will develop new technologies to address the health issues of an ageing UK population were announced today by Jo Johnson MP, Universities and Science Minister. The research programmes funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), will be led by The University of Manchester, Imperial College London, the University of Leeds, and University of Glasgow ill look to:
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed new kinds of encryption methods for improving the privacy protection of consumers to enable safer, more reliable and easier-to-use user authentication than current systems allow. The method combines safety, usability and privacy protection, when, until now, implementing all three at the same time has been a challenge. The Centre is also looking for a commercialisation partner.
Whether for use in safe data encryption, ultrafast calculation of huge data volumes or so-called quantum simulation of highly complex systems: optical quantum computers are a source of hope for tomorrow’s computer technology. Tomorrow suddenly got closer.
Poor regulation of research can cause direct harm to patients, suggests a new international research study led by Dr. Jonathan Mendel from the University of Dundee. That calls for greater transparency in ethics committee processes.
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