The topic of identity is one that is always emerging in the digital arena. Three recent examples indicate some of the facets that need to be considered. In Dundee Arts Cafe, Dr Sandra Wilson talked on "Proving your identity: passports of the future. Steve Watts of Securenvoy argues passwords are insufficient to secure ID and two-factor authentication is essential. On the issue of Europe's ID, "Identity Processes and Dynamics in multi-ethnica Europe," examines individual and collective identities in an increasingly multi-ethnic Europe.
Increasingly small robots carry out their functions even inside the human body, not as scientific fiction but an increasing possibility. But that depends on one condition: the miniaturisation of these devices requires them to acquire the same flexibility and “softness” of abiological tissues.
The anatomy of the brain affects cognitive control, an essential skill for learning and academic success. Scientists show that an asymmetry of the two brain hemispheres relative to a particular pattern of a cortical region could partly explain the performance of 5-year old children during a task designed to measure cognitive control.
In an intriguing team-up, worth watching, SIMTech (Singapore's Institute of Manufacturing Technology), a research institute of A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology & Research), and VTT (Technical Research Centre) Finland ink a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to promote technology innovation R&D and new capability development for FoF (Factories of the Future).
The chart from Statista, based on data from Net Applications, shows that Windows 8 was used by just 9.3% of the computing population. At this point in Windows 7's life, it is twice as high in terms of computing share. But with its deadline for Windows support looming for 2014, perhaps someone ought to recognise a traditional Sunset Industry. Buy Windows 7 out from Microsoft, leaving it to concentrate on Windows 8 etc. in a move could turn out to be a win: win proposition, both for the software, the users and the Sunset Industry player.
The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw launches research programs that require state-of-the-art MRS (magnetic resonance scanner) and the device has been put into operation in the newly opened Laboratory of Brain Imaging. For the first time in Poland a diagnostic device will be employed solely in the service of science.
As Google doodles to celebrate the birthday of Carlos Finlay, the Cuban physician and scientist whose studies concluded that yellow fever was spread by mosquitoes, Sanger Institute researchers discover why the parasite that causes malaria, also carried by mosquitoes, only infects humans.
Google did indeed indulge in two doodles recently. But Gaberlunzie had such a busy St Andrews Day, that trying to find the Doodle retrospectively made him notice that Google via Chrome does not welcome you into its archive collection of Doodles and prefers to hurl you at whatever is the favoured media! And being Gaberlunzie, he's lost the that serendipitous link to the archive collection!
German airfy GmbH - a Munich start-up - is offering free WiFi access anywhere and whenever you want. Everyone can use it - whether private individuals, hotel owners, shops and even public administration offices can make it available to their clients and visitors. The price for one hour's surfing is a short commercial lasting a mere ten seconds that is played first.
Calnex, Linlithgow-based mobile network testing specialist, is targeting accelerated growth having secured a £2 million Scottish Loan Fund to embark on a “significant period of growth” that will provide the support to enable the company to implement its next generation product development plans.
Research into the brain is being addressed in 2014 by USA, Europe and China, in three very different projects, which hopefully by avoiding duplication can contribute to an in-depth understanding of that mysterious and elusive world, the brain.
The Scottish Salmon Company Ltd is focused on development of Scottish salmon and clearly sea-lice. The group of companies includes Lighthouse Caledonia and is a fully integrated farmer of Scottish salmon. There are 35 farms located on the Hebrides and West Coast of Scotland, with current potential harvest volume of approximately 24,000 tonnes. Potential figures may now need some revision!
Gaberlunzie opted to try to download the actual "Scotland's Future - blueprint for a fairer country" report but after dipping around a bit discovered discovered the only downloadable seemed to be the three page commentary from Alex Salmond rather than the report itself.
The UK New Wave Energy Ltd will be trading under a new name, as yet to be determined, when its high altitude aerial power plant goes live. its idea is to build the first high-altitude aerial power plant, using networks of unmanned drones to harvest energy from multiple sources, and then transmit that wirelessly to receiving stations on the ground.
Wolfson Microelectronics, RD&D (Research Design & Development) of mixed-signal semiconductor devices and audio applications for consumer electronics products, has been awarded the Consumer Electronic Technology Award at the IET ( Institution of Engineering and Technology) Innovation Awards, highlighting best new world innovation in science, engineering and technology.
UK's first floating wind farm and the largest floating European wind scheme i to date is to be sited off the Aberdeenshire coast as part of Norwegian Statoil's ambitious Hywind project for five 6MW floating turbines at tje Buchan Deep site between 12 and 20 miles east of Peterhead as Norwegian company Statoil is granted its lease by Crown Estate.
Gaberlunzie finds chess satisfying, as world Chess Champion 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian who has been the most dominant chess player since 2010 and finally wins win the world championship.
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