Finland becom es the first European country to pay its unemployed citizens an unconditional monthly income,starting a two-year trial that will follow 2,000 randomly-selected unemployed Finnish citizens, each being given €560 (£477) monthly, regardless of whether they look for work or not. Trial participants are not required to report how the money is spent, and will receive the funding even if they find a job.
In cooperation with an international team of experts, scientists from the DPZ (German Primate Centre) demand and beg for immediate measures to protect primates. Worldwide, around 60 per cent of the 500 known primate species are threatened with extinction. Primates live in tropical and subtropical areas and are mainly found in regions of Africa, South America, Madagascar and Asia.
Harvard researchers have developed a general framework to design reconfigurable metamaterials. The design strategy is scale independent, meaning it can be applied to everything from meter-scale architectures to reconfigurable nano-scale systems such as photonic crystals, waveguides and metamaterials to guide heat.
The UN is predicting that there will be an estimated 250 million climate refugees by 2050. Increasingly, large populations are being forced to migrate because of violent floods, drought and other natural disasters, caused by the effects of global warming. Now, a Jordanian architect has designed a disaster shelter for refugees that adds neat technology while being based on temporary huts of nomadic tribes.
Corporations with dense and homogenous internal networks are unlikely to make good use of external knowledge. When networks are more open and workers fill the gaps of their networks by talking to people with different skills, patents production increases
A widely-held understanding of electromagnetic radiation has been challenged in newly published research led at the University of Strathclyde. It has found the normal direct correspondence between the bandwidths of the current source and emitted radiation can be broken and was achieved by extracting narrowband radiation with high efficiency, without making the oscillation of the current narrowband.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a wearable assistive device for the visually impaired, which enables them to sense their environment and move around more safely. The device, which is worn like a heart rate monitor, has been clinically tested. The device functions on the basis of a radar system developed by VTT.
USA Defence Logistics Agency has awarded a maximum $403,264,139 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare parts supporting various tactical radio systems to Harris Corporation, Rochester, New York. The UK has awarded three main contracts for the provision of the ESN (Emergency Services Network) in 2015 to KBR (Kellogg Brown and Root), Motorola Solutions Inc and EE Ltd
As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., Committee to Protect Journalists author, Alexandra Ellerbeck CPJ Americas Research Associate (below right) examines the status of press freedom, including the challenges journalists face from surveillance, harassment, limited transparency, the questioning of libel laws, and other factors.
IBM announces that, yet again, it broke the U.S. patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016, marking the 24th consecutive year of innovation leadership as #1 on U.S. Patent List. IBM’s 2016 patent output covers a diverse range of inventions in artificial intelligence andIBMers received 2,700+ cognitive and cloud computing patents, cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cyber security and other strategic growth areas for the company.
‘Walking for Well-Being’, is a prototype app that makes it easy to plan less difficult, less demanding walking routes, and could help people to stay fit, active and independent as they get older. But dig around and you are spoilt for choise on free apps
Many people are profiting from an extraordinary period of global growth. Exceptions, however, are two key groups - the global poor and in the developed countries, working classes. The big four future technologies of AI, robotics, solar power and gene editing are punted as the four most important technologies over the next decade, while a Universal Basic Income may become the next economic evolution.
It's good to know that Scots are overwhelmingly opposed to the idea of holding another independence referendum this year, according to a new BMG poll for "The Herald". This showed, excluding ‘don’t knows’ more than 6 in 10 Scots, 61.5 per cent to 38.5 per cent were against a new 2017 vote.
When the porphyrin molecule heats up it loses its outer-layer hydrogen atoms and can bond to the graphene sheet on a surface of silver. The resulting structure (illustrated and viewed under the microscope in these images) endows the graphene with yet more new properties.
Sculpteo has announced a new 3D printed metal service called AMT (Agile Metal Technology) which can discover and fix problems with designs, automate procedures and offers optimisation suggestions to facilitate 3D printing metal. Sculpteo showcase the technology at CES.
No, they aren’t talking about “put your phone down, dear, while you are eating your supper” but about drawing together the various elements of advanced semiconductor technology that will go into Home Automation (HA)! At CES 2017 US Bridgetek Solutions will demonstrate its game-changing PanL HA approach.
Controls engineers at UC San Diego have developed practical strategies for building and coordinating scores of sensor-laden balloons within hurricanes achieving this by using onboard GPS and cellphone-grade sensors so each drifting balloon becomes part of a ``swarm'' of robotic vehicles, which can periodically report, via satellite uplink, their position, the local temperature, pressure, humidity and wind velocity.
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