Engineering News (July 2018)

A new window on household electricity supplies Building trends that that are environmentally friendly have been boosted through the popularity of specially coated windows which are able to keep the heat in and the cold out. This technology has in turn inspired scientists and engineers to create thin, translucent solar cells that can turn windows into small electricity generators. Chinese researchers have since combined these two systems into one and produced a window that has the facility not just to be energy efficient but to provide a house with enough energy on a daily basis. Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Hin-Lap Yip based at the South China University of...

Scientific News (July 2018)

Watch the skies Following a break of 60 years, studies of the sky are to take place once again at the Royal Observatory Greenwich (ROG). The ROG has seen restorative work inside its Grade II listed Alt-azimuth Pavilion; in addition, two brand new telescopes have been installed. The facility will be named after one of the first females scientists that originally worked at the ROG, Annie Maunder who, through her work discovered key information about the sun. It will highlight her efforts and input at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The new facility and instruments will be used as a resource for school children, as well...

Internet News (July 2018)

Another hack shakes cryptocurrency sector An estimated $30 million theft has taken place at the Korean digital currency exchange Coinrail, following a massive breach resulting in hackers lifting coins from 9 separate currencies within its systems. Coinrail have confirmed that they have been able to account for approximately 70% of the coins, have since suspended service and moved stored coins to an “offline cold wallet” whilst investigations take place. While news about the heist was spreading across the cryptocurrency sector, companies were witnessing the market plunge by approximately 10%. Both Ethereum and Bitcoin were both amongst the victims of losses, even though these currencies were not directly involved during the...

Business News (June 2018)

Football’s coming home Football has not only hit the headlines this month due to the World Cup, but also due to the wealth of football across Europe. It has been reported that the football industry in Europe is worth a record breaking amount of £22 billion according to auditing consultancy Deloitte. Figures released by Deloitte have revealed that the five largest leagues in Europe have generated between them a record amount of €14.7 billion (£12.6 billion) during the 2016-17 season, showing an increase of 9% annually. The Premier League in England headed the lead previously with a revenue of £4.5 billion, with each of the 20 Premiership Clubs setting their...

Engineering News (June 2018)

Large 3D objects are being constructed in Cellulose Cellulose, is an abundant organic compound and can be used for a fascinating number of applications. The first 3D object to be completed using Cellulose is a turbine blade that measures 1.2m and has a weight of 5.2kg. Cellulose combined with a material called Chitosan was used to fabricate this. There are several variables that have stopped Cellulose being used in this manner previously, due to the difficulty in scaling down Cellulose, and the high cost to produce it are two of the main issues related to this as a 3D material. Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), think that they...

Scientific News (June 2018)

Fourth man on the moon dies aged 86 Alan Bean, Former US Astronaut, known as the fourth man to step foot on the moon has passed away at the age of 86 in a hospital in Houston, Texas after a short illness. Bean was known in later life as an accomplished artist, who used the theme of space as the inspiration for his artwork. Bean has been described by fellow Astronaut, Mike Massimio as “the most extraordinary person” he had ever met with his contributions and combinations of technical accomplishments within astronautics and his artistic flair. Bean was selected as a NASA trainee during 1963 following his original occupation as an...

Internet News (June 2018)

Rice University use Deep Learning to write software Dubbed Bayou, computer scientists at Rice University, named after William Marsh Rice the benefactor that made the university a reality, have created “a system for generating API idioms”: in plain English, it generates computer code without human intervention. The application was funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and its primary means of “learning” was to just absorb as much Java source code freely available online as possible to use as a base to work from. Swarat Chaudhuri, co-creator of Bayou and Associate Professor of Computer Science at the university, said that at this point, “it’s basically studied everything on GitHub...

Special Report: The General Data Protection Regulations

Cheryl Dyer Ballard examines the The General Data Protection Regulations, which will come into force on Friday, 25th May 2018. Here, Cheryl examines the implications, what exactly is involved, the whys, ways and means of this landmark EU legislation, why you need to act in accordance with it by the deadline, and what it means for you as an individual.   Introduction You may have noticed in your inboxes the large amount of emails that you are receiving from companies that you have registered your details with at some time or the other. Personally, I’m ignoring quite a few of them as they’re from companies that I don’t even recognise –...

Business News (May 2018)

Club 18-30 to disappear? Travel giant Thomas Cook are said to be considering the future of the Club 18-30 holidays brand that they took over in 1998. The Club 18-30s holiday was first introduced during the 1960s, a brand which became notorious with its somewhat cheeky marketing and risqué advertisements. The package holidays targeted younger singles and couples that wanted to travel without their families. Although originally marketed at the 18-30 age group, the actual ages that are targeted range from 17 up to 35. Thomas Cook believe that the Club 18-30 holidays are no longer appealing to millennials, and are looking to concentrate on their new Cook’s Club brand...

Our compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations

We’ve now updated our General Data Protection Regulations policy (GDPR for short).  This is to meet our obligations under the new European Union regulations which come into force on Friday, 25th May 2018.  You may have had a whole plethora of emails and communications from all manner of online companies and websites recently, saying things like “Updates to our privacy policy”, “Data changes to EU law: please read”…and so on.  It’s because of the massive change to data protection regulations in order to strengthen EU laws, which also means that any company that isn’t compliant by the due date has the potential to receive a rather large penalty for not doing so. According...