In a race to feed growing populations, it is also essential to consider sustainability. University of Illinois researchers promote agroforestry — the intentional practice of planting of trees and shrubs together with crops or livestock — to achieve sustainability goals. A number of practical and policy challenges have to date prevented adoption of agroforestry practices on a large scale in the U.S. But, urge researchers
if adopted more widely, agroforestry could benefit wildlife, soil and water quality, and the global climate.
As Wave Energy Scotland selects four of the 10 stage-one PTO (power take-off) call participants to progress to stage two with combined funding of almost £2m, solar perovskite cells are rising stars in the photovoltaic world as in less than a decade, their efficiency has doubled twice and it is now over 22% – an astonishing result in the renewable energy sector. The name ‘perovskite’ is taken from the light-harvesting layer that characterises them as lighter, cheaper, and more flexible solar cells than the traditional crystalline silicon-based cells.
Mudskippers provided an evolutionary model for scientists to create a robot that helps learn how early vertebrates may have moved from sea to land, Mudskipper go clumsily about its land business. These fish spend a lot of their lives squirming and squiggling around outside the water, breathing through their skins and holding water in their mouths and gill chambers. Yet though their movements might appear random and ungainly, mudskippers are dexterous enough to climb trees, have no problem dragging themselves around by their pectoral fins in sand, mud, or over slimy rocks. Because of this, they make great study subjects for researchers trying to figure out just how the first vertebrates hoisted themselves out of the sea roughly 360 million years ago.
Haydale Graphene Industries in South Wales has completed the acquisition of Innophene co and this month will launch a graphene-enhanced 3D printer component. Haydale developed a patented scalable plasma process to functionalise graphene and other nano materials in such fields as inks, sensors, energy storage, composites, paints and coatings. This enabling technology can provide Haydale with a rapid and highly cost-efficient method of supplying tailored solutions to enhance applications for both raw material suppliers and product manufacturers.
The new VTT CNS (Centre for Nuclear Safety), which is intended for research purposes, has been inaugurated in Espoo, Finland. Both experimental work and computational modelling will be carried out in the facility.
The review of social and ethical consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident in Ukraine concluded that one of the most important lessons learned was that assessment and management of radiation risks needs to go beyond a purely technical assessment (Oughton 2011).
The University of Dundee is purring over its 28th place ranking among UK institutions and strong performances recorded in international outlook, partly due to the percentage of international students attending Dundee, and citations where the University’s impact is among the top 10% worldwide. It came 15 (up from 21 last year) in the "QS Top 50 Under 50" and the top-ranked UK institution. This celebrates the world's top universities under 50 years old, based on the latest QS World University Rankings coming just after Dundee was named top UK university in the Times Higher Education University Ranking at 180.
Gaberlunzie ponders on Apple's latest moves with white paper bags and discussions with McLaren Technology group and can only conclude that as the falling apple brought gravity to Newton, so for Apple the white paper bag will maybe wrap up the McLaren deal!
Cicor a leading international high-tech industrial group based in Boudry, Switzerland specialising in printed circuit boards, microelectronics and electronic solutions, has launched a new technology platform called DenciTec. DenciTec enables a uniquely high density of integrated functions for printed circuit boards, with high throughput and attractive costs. With DenciTec, the potential for further miniaturization is moving in a direction that offers great benefits.
Interfaces between different materials and their properties are of key importance for modern technology. With an international team, physicists of Würzburg University have developed a new method, which allows them to have an extremely precise glance at the interfaces and to model their properties.
A woman, but also one of the UK’s leading figures in the field of engineering (amazement! wonder!) is to receive an honorary doctorate from Huddersfield University. Professor Dame Ann Dowling will receive the award of Honorary Doctorate of the University for her services to engineering and will collects her award at the November Awards Ceremonies.
Fire investigators from more than 20 countries will descend upon the University of Dundee next week to take part in the 19th ENFSI (European Network of Forensic Science Institutes) fire and explosion investigation working group meeting. Dozens of experts from across Europe will be taking part in the event, which will be hosted by the University’s world-renowned CAHID (Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification), from Tuesday 20th-Friday 23rd September.
Thor3D, a company based in Moscow, Russia, has emerged thanks to Andrey Klimov (below) the creator of the technology behind the single scanner he envisioned as being invaluable being able to be used by different university departments on a range of different sized items.
"Bayer and Monsanto have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Bayer will acquire Monsanto for USD128 per share in an all-cash transaction. Monsanto’s Board of Directors, Bayer’s Board of Management and Bayer’s Supervisory Board have unanimously approved the agreement. Based on Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, 2016, the day before Bayer’s first written proposal to Monsanto, the offer represents a premium of 44 percent to that price.
ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of companies creating, maintaining and delivering open, global standards for the low-power wireless IoT (Internet of Things), announces UL – a global safety science organisation – as the newest independent authorised test service provider accredited to support ZigBee Alliance certification programs. UL will offer ZigBee testing at two of its labs: Fremont, California, Basingstoke, UK. Expansion to a fifth lab to provide ZigBee-specific testing, validates the prevalence and significance of ZigBee-based products as hundreds of market-moving members design and develop IoT-focused devices for today’s connected world.
Atlantis has officially unveiled the MeyGen project, the world’s largest free-stream tidal power array. Jenny Hogan, director of Policy for Scottish Renewables (below left) notes ”Scotland has been at the forefront of tidal energy innovation for many years, from design to testing, and now – with the MeyGen project – deployment. Our waters have the lion’s share of the UK’s tidal stream resources, so it makes perfect sense that we utilise that advantage by installing devices like those developed by Atlantis.
The Royal Society of Canada has bestowed a rare honour on a world-leading earth scientist from The University of Manchester, by electing him as a ‘Foreign Fellow’. Professor David Vaughan is Research Professor of Mineralogy at Manchester University and was Founding Director of the University’s Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum. In addition, he has uniquely served as President of the mineralogical societies of the UK and the United States, and the equivalent European organisation.
The European Commission has approved a JV between Hutchison and VimpelCom in Italy, allowing merger of Wind and Three mobile telecoms operators. Three and Wind are the respective third and fourth largest mobile companies in Italy. The Commission had concerns that this transaction would harm competition. However, the two companies have offered structural remedies, that will allow French operator Iliad into the Italian market.
An international Conference on Embedded into Everyday Computers brings together experts from academia, industry and fashion/gadget exhibition newest prototypes. Computers an important tool in daily life, whether as a PC or a smartphone will In future, increasingly merge with the everyday objects such as a watch, display glasses, sensor clothing and much more to support the user. Scientists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers and users are to exchange upon their products and visions at a conference co-organized by KIT ISWC /UbiComp from 12 to 16 September 2016 in Heidelberg about this trend of digitization.
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