Students at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences have developed "Ourobot". Their project was supervised by a professor at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and a CITEC researcher. It looks like a bicycle chain, but has just twelve segments about the size of a fist. In each segment there is a motor.
Summer is here, time for everyone's favourite footwear: flip-flops. Zakistar has launched the world's first flip-flop that turns a summer stroll into a unique, sandy beach experience. That's because Zakistar flip flops have beach pebbles attached their soles, so you can take the beach walk with you wherever you go. Everyone loves walks on sandy beaches. The pebbles on the Zakistar flip-flops increases the blood circulation in your feet, and are accordingly very beneficial. The massage effect with every step helps reduce the strain and stress in your everyday life.
Plans to build the first new UK nuclear plant in 20 years have suffered an unexpected delay after government postponed a final decision until the early autumn. French firm EDF, which is financing most of the £18bn Hinkley Point project in Somerset, approved funding at a board meeting. anad contracts were to be signed on Friday.
Oracle Corp agrees to pay more than £7bn for the ERP vendor NetSuite, which has cloud-computing pioneer Larry Ellison as a major investor. It will use its second-largest acquisition to try to catch up in a key area where it lagged. The NetSuite's board of directors unanimously approved the transaction, valued at US$109 per share in cash, representing a near 30% premium to NetSuite’s closing Tuesday price.
Gaberlunzie has experienced the full force of Google dominance this month with the demand to change password occurring almost twice daily day and often while he's trying to hook up some other complication. It has reached the extent that doing a very simple VAT return for HMRC over six hours and involving some 5 passwords seems child's play. Time perhaps to go shopping for HATs.
Solar scientists are putting Scotland on the world map and a September conference will see academia and industry meeting in Edinburgh, as a hub for research into solar power, with scientists from 10 universities probing the potential of this rapidily developing renewable energy source.
With the "Financial Times" now Japanese owned, the proposed Deutsche Borse merger with London Stock Exchange seems just as likely to happen. One authority, Professor of Practice at Warwick Business School John Colley (below left) an expert on mega-mergers, makes this analysis.
An awaited boost for UK Brexiters? Freetrade announces today it will be launching its disruptive new platform for trading stocks and shares, with proven commission-free trading technology and fractional share dealing in the UK for the first time.Most people, especially millennials, are priced out of investing on the stock exchange. Costly broker fees, typically around £12 per transaction, prohibit smaller investors, who often need to see investments grow considerably before returning a profit. In addition, receiving the correct advice is difficult, because it tends to require an investor meeting with an IFA in person to receive support, both expensive and time-consuming.
A new white paper led by Professor Yang Gao on behalf of the UK-RAS (Robotics and Autonomous Systems) Network, presents a technical roadmap of space RAS (robotics and autonomous systems) for the coming decades, where these robots are hoped to be able to offer a range of biomimetic mobilities ( fly, climb, swim, walk, assemble, etc) as well as possessing human-like intelligence.
UK green energy supplier Ecotricity’s application for an up to seven-turbine wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway was turned down by a Scottish government reporter as the benefits from the project cannot compensate for its impact on the landscape and cultural heritage. The seven turbine project on Stroans Hill, close to the village of Carsluith would have produce as much power as 10,600 UK homes consume it was claimed. Ecotricity appealed against non-determination to Scottish Government's DPEA (Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals) and It has now been refused planning permission.
"As Europe builds a network for the Internet of Things will devices follow?" queries MIT Technology Review. So far, IoT connected devices are monitoring shipping containers, fire hydrants, and cows as Dutch telco KPN has completes nationwide coverage of the Netherlands in a wirelessInternet of things network. Similar to a cellular network, but with far lower costs and energy needs, this network can connect sensors monitoring everything from rail switches at Utrecht Central station to depth sounders at the Port of Rotterdam and baggage handling at Schiphol Airport.
Deloitte Advisory Cyber Risk Services and Cray are to offer ACRAS (Advanced Cyber Reconnaissance and Analytics Services) analysing organisations vulnerability footprint from an adversary's perspective, to enable proactive detection and an efficient mitigation of cyber threats.
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has led some data professionals to think they will no longer be affected by the EU’s GPDR (General Data Protection Regulation) due to come into effect by 2018. Andy Beale, CTO (chief technology officer) for the British government is a keynote speaker for September’s Technology Leaders Summit. “Although it’s very early days, there are some misconceptions around the impact of Brexit on the many thousands of organisations responsible for storage and managing of sensitive personal data,” notes, VP of EMEA, Ground Labs, John Cassidy.
The visible progress in the development of human enablement and enhancement technologies has given a huge boost to its mass adoption potential. Although there are several technologies such as exoskeletons, neuro stimulators and nootropics (e.g. Modafinil) the technology with the best prospects for commercialisation is the non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI). The breadth and depth of BCIs in clinical and non-clinical uses make these stand out in the market and encourage technology developers to communicate their benefits to likely end users.
The UK may have made a Brexit from Europe but the British Standards Institute is promoting Eurocodes. What are Eurocodes? Eurocodes are seen as leading the way in structural codes. Their flexibility enables adoption and use not only in Europe, but internationally. The adoption of Eurocodes in the UK Building Regulations, the Highways Agency and Network Rail, means that the basis for structural and geotechnical design within the UK has now shifted from the withdrawn British Standards to European standards (Eurocodes).
ARM Holdings, one of the UK's biggest technology companies look to being bought up by Japan's Softbank for £24bn with the board of ARM expected to recommend shareholders accept the offer - nearly 50% premium on its Friday closing market value of £16.8bn.
TETRACOM coordinator Rainer Leupers (below right) Professor of Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems at RWTH Aachen, commented: ‘Being a co-founder of several companies myself, I’m particularly glad that our project has also helped European start-ups get off the ground by transferring key technologies that contribute to the core of their product offer. I’m excited to see this level of industrial impact from a European project and I cordially wish them long-term market success.’
Staying safe online is becoming an increasingly relevant issue when some 30,000 websites are hacked per day, according to Sophos Labs, with millions of hacking attacks every day around the world. Even large and secure companies, such as Verizon, experience data breaches, so the everyday user without any cyber protection as VPN (Virtual Private Network) is daily open to data theft.
Widely hailed as a renewable natural resource, tropical timber from old-growth tropical forests is selectively logged worldwide at an unprecedented scale. University of East Anglia research reveals these sources of timber are far from sustainable or entirely environmentally friendly. A study in PLoS ONE reveals once prime tropical hardwoods - such as Brazilian cedars, ipe (Brazilian walnut), and rosewood – have been logged, they do not grow back to the commercial levels again and are at risk of disappearing altogether.
At the AD & Biogas Industry Awards week, Xergi won the category for “Best international agricultural plant” with the biogas plant Nature Energy Holsted, Denmark, which was commissioned by Xergi in 2015. The prestigious award event was held at the AD & Biogas show in Birmingham recently.
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