An highly auspicious election has Professor Vicki Hanson, selected as President of ACM (Association for Computer Machinery) the world’s largest computing society, which now also now sets a precedent with its all female Executive Committee! Not only does Professor Hanson provide an outstanding role model for girls to adopt STEM subjects and technology, among many roles, she is also Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee
For years, 2D graphene material has showed a promise to shrink electronics make them more efficient. But despite enormous potential and the focus for high expectations, practical use and applications have yet to emerge, with the devil being in the detail. Now scientists at MIPT (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) develop a new type of power-efficient transistor using bi-layered graphene. that works with ultra-low power consumption and could be used to increase processor clock speeds up to a staggering 100 GHz. Almost simultaneously, a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF has come to grips with some of the detail "devils" in semiconductors.
New environmental, economic, social and political developments have challenged Europe to rethink its strategies for the future. With the latest growth strategy 'Europe 2020' the European Union is re-enforcing its commitment to becoming a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy within the next five years. In "The Future of Europe" Frost & Sullivan reveals growth opportunities that will transform Europe and its economy and also covers the Brexit scenario and Euro future
The topic of passwords, the continual need to change them, the impossibility of remembering the 100 or so that are vital for work and life, is one that raises nightmare memories and an absolute dread of the next ‘new password’ demand! So the news that Universities and Google are separately and hopefully obliterating the password, in favour of the Doodle or biomarkers.
AERTOs (Associated European Research and Technology Organisations) started a 2-year research project announced in September 2014 to stimulate the development of the bio-based economy in Europe. It was to overcome technical hurdles in the innovation value chains. With TU Darmstadt, it preached to the already converted as biology Professor Ralf Kaldenhoff was making microalgae fit for industry, micro-organisms that could produce a variety of products from carbon dioxide to light. Now Norwegian SINTEF has its scientists extract Omega 3 fatty acids from fish, which absorb them from their food, such as small crustaceans, which in turn have obtained them by grazing on micro algae
Ubiquiti Networks has warned its customers about a worm targeting the company’s products by exploiting a critical vulnerability that was believed patched nearly a year ago. According to the wireless networking product manufacturer, the malware is designed to target routers, access points and other devices, running outdated versions of the airOS firmware, including airMAX M (airRouter), AirMAX AC, airOS 802.11G, ToughSwitch, airGateway and airFiber.
German pharmaceutical & chemicals giant Bayer has made an all-cash offer to acquire Monsanto for $62 billion, valuing the US company at $122/share value, a substantial premium in a deal that would create the world’s largest agrochemicals company. Mega merger expert, John Colley, Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School notes "It is a classic transfer of value from bidders shareholders to those of the target. Few mega-bids go well. Research shows more than half destroy value. Only around a quarter deliver on their promises.
Men with blood cells that do not carry the Y chromosome are at greater risk of being diagnosed with AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) in addition to an increased risk of death from other causes, including many cancers according to a paper published in the American "Journal of Human Genetics" he annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics will hear today. LOY or (Loss of Y chromosome), is known to affect up to 20% of men who are aged over 80, and the most common genetic mutation acquired during a man’s lifetime
Last year, Oxford Dictionaries declared in favour of “hangry” as an acceptable word in its combination of hungry and angry. It may take until 2017 or longer, but the book “Servitor Gaiae” (aka Earth Servant) may promote another newbie word with the emergence of - “ecowatsit” aka an abbreviation for the Ecological Worldwide Threats Institute, but being far more easily spoken, it has the appearance of an enthusiastic contender for approval.
Last year Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft achieved an impressive new record with more than €2.1 billion in business volume. It has now pushed ahead its strategy to expand its scope with the Senate decided to establish a Fraunhofer Research IGCV (Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology). The expansion of Fraunhofer High Performance Centres is also continuing. For instance, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia is supporting three new High Performance Centres to the tune of some €8 million.
A locomotive-sized plasma generator in a tangle of scaffolding, sensors, gauges, magnets, instruments, cables, and pipes deliver fusion technology to release huge amounts of energy. TriAlpha is pulling its current model to pieces, to build a bigger model that could lead to a prototype reactor sometime in the 2020s. UK player in the fusion technology market Plasmatreat presented its latest developments for atmospheric plasma pretreatment of lead frames and electronic components to acclaim at China's leading trade fair for electronics development and production in Shanghai this year.
Using static electricity, RoboBees can land and stick to surfaces. Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences roboticists demonstrate that their flying microrobots named the 'RoboBees' can now perch during flight to save energy - just like bats, birds or butterflies
SoftBank Robotics Corp and SoftBank Corp announce its humanoid robot ‘Pepper' will support Google's Android, and the pre-sales of models for developers will begin from July 2016. Ahead of the pre-sales launch, starting today, SoftBank Robotics offer a beta version of “Pepper SDK for Android Studio,” a software development kit enabling the development of RoboApps on the Android platform.
ARM acquires Apical, the imaging and embedded computer vision technology that allows next generation devices to understand and act intelligently on information from their environment. Apical is one of the UK's fastest-growing technology companies and its advanced imaging products are used in more than 1.5 billion smartphones and in some 300 million consumer/industrial devices including IP cameras, digital stills cameras and tablets.
People use laptops and smartphones to save and organise life – protected only by a password or a PIN. These are often not secure, and can be forgotten as so many are required and users do not choose or store them well. But biometric identifiers, fingerprints, voice or iris scans, allow users to be easily and securely identified. Going one better, computer scientists from University of Saarland and University of Stuttgart introduce a new “SkullConduct” biometric identifier for users of the eyewear computer Google Glass. Their system uses the skull to provide a digital access code and this method could also secure smartphones.
The 64-turbine Neart na Gaoithe project had its contract terminated by the LCCC (Low Carbon Contracts Company) that pulled the subsidies after a 26 March deadline to invest £200m into the £2bn development was missed by a judge delayed verdict on an RSPB challenge on the threat to the gannets at nearby Bass Rock colony, the largest in the world. Now however, The Crown Estate has granted Statoil a lease that will allow construction to proceed on the 30MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind project. The UK seabed landlord has been working closely with the utility, the Scottish government and other partners to “help bring forward this innovative project”.
A group of researchers has released a data set on nearly 70,000 users of online dating site, OkCupid. The information was collected by Danish researchers who never contacted OkCupid, or its clientele, about using it. But in 2014 OkCupid admitted to manipulating what it shows users,
a month after Facebook faced a storm of protest by revealing that it had conducted psychological experiments.
In April, Clyde Space opened its first subsidiary company in the USA. The UK then woke up to a local company with the increased clean room manufacturing capacity for major UK build satellites. This month the Clyde Space has a £1 million order to build four such satellites for the UK Government-backed programme that aims to develop fast, regular and more affordable access to space.
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