Governments across the world are creating innovation teams and labs to help them find new ways of tackling the challenges of the 21st century. Despite differences in focus, discipline and method, labs have at their core a shared belief in the capacity to prototype the future.
Volvo’s love story demonstrates the advantages silent, electric buses and its short “Route 55” film
shows both a key moment in life – and how easily it can be lost. It promotes the ElectriCity Project, a collaboration in which industry, research and society develop and test new solutions for public transport.
A lithium-ion battery storing double the energy of existing batteries is closer to commercialisation, having signed up with home appliance manufacturer Dyson, that is both investing $15million in the 2007 startup Sakti3 and undertaking to incorporate the batteries into new products
Research and Scifi have been fascinated by the brain-machine or brain-computer interface (BCI) since the early 1970s. Apart from cyborgs and the game industry, the most important application potentials lie in thought-controlled communication and movement support of physically disabled persons.
As Canterbury-based Change Organisation officially launches new colocation facilities at a number of the UK’s leading data centres, it provides clients with the power, connectivity and secure processes to ensure reliable performance and continuous data availability. It also needs to be watchful of the new HGST technology pilgrimage with a broad portfolio of certified devices for VMware Virtual SANv - its software-defined storage product. Hardware certification list includes 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, PCIe Flash accelerators, and performance and capacity HDD (hard disk drives) from the Ultrastar family, including the industry’s only helium-filled HDD product line, that adds extra capacity to computers .
U.S. teams yearly waste up to 9 work weeks trying to collaborate on projects using an average of 4 partial tools according to results of a new project collaboration survey of more than 200 business professionals commissioned by Planview from independent consulting and research firm Appleseed Partners.
Scottish business IT decision makers highlight a potential threat to the country’s economy, the majority surveyed (52%) feel the country’s broadband is worse than in other parts of UK despite 61% of them citing improved Internet connectivity as key in supporting economic growth. Commissioned by CityFibre, the poll found 92% of respondents view quality and speed of internet connectivity as being important to the success of their company.
An international committee of taxonomists at the ESF International Institute for Species Exploration have selected the top 10 from among the approximately 18,000 new species named during the previous year and appositely released the list to coincide with the birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy on May 23. Google however chooses to feature the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest (see below) and is saving Linnaeus for another year!!
Ofcom is proposing that BT should give competitors physical access to its fibre-optic cables, allowing competing operators to take direct control of the connection. This service is often referred to as dark fibre, because the fibre-optic cables would not be ‘lit’ using BT’s electronic equipment. Instead, they would be ‘lit’ by the competitor installing its own equipment at either end of the cable.
A prominent German journalist living in the Scottish Highlands is reported as provoking the wrath of his adopted homeland by describingScottish National Party (SNP) ideology as “modern national socialism light.” Gaberlunzie reckons its a great publicity move, and worth reflecting on. In another take, one of the Great Queens visits the Clyde which built 120 for Cunard to mark the long and historic link in the company's 175th anniversary.
The new EU funded ODInE (Open Data Incubator for Europe) which involves the University of Southampton, is calling for startups across the UK and Europe to apply for a place on its new programme, with the chance to secure up to €100k of grant funding.
In January this year, genetic engineering was seen to have overtaken GMO (genetic modification) with GMO regulations losing their bite, as a new portfolio of non-regulated, but "genetically engineered" plant products emerged from organisations like Monsanto. Fast forward to the genetic technique CRISPR9 or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, that will happily edit any targeted gene and which scientists in China recently report carrying out first experiments using the process to alter the DNA of non-viable human embryos.
The newly launched ascribe is set to change the digital art market by providing authentication. Using Bitcoin's Blockchain technology, this revolutionary service allows artists to securely share their digital works and track the provenance - be that photography, images, video or 3D printing recipes, means artists can now control ownership, trade their works, and ultimately making digital art collectable.
Sensewhere, which burst into the market in 2011 with its hyper-local and indoor positioning solutions, is nnow to increase its presence in China by taking up a place offered at the City of Edinburgh Council’s new incubator facility in Shenzhen F518 creative industry park, the Edinburgh-Shenzhen Creative Exchange.
Based on fruit fly analysis, University of Leicester scientists discover nearly 80 genes associated with ‘morningness’ and ‘eveningness’ in a study could pave the way to better diagnostics, and ultimately personal medicine, where larks and owls can receive their tailored therapies
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