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Business News (August 2018)

Beer and cannabis Constellation Brands, the owners of Corona beer are looking to invest $4 billion into Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest cannabis producer. If the investment is successful, the deal will be Constellation Brands largest deal within the industry, in a bid to take advantage of the growing legalisation of cannabis. In 2017, Constellation invested $200 million into a deal with Canopy for the manufacture of a non-alcoholic cannabis-based drink. Following the news of the deal, Canopy’s Toronto-listed stock rose by 30%, but in stark contrast, the news also saw Constellations value fall by 6% on Wall Street. Canopy and Constellation believe that the investment will enable Canopy to expand...

Engineering News (August 2018)

A shift towards predictive maintenance minimises downtime in manufacturing The move from reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance is happening throughout many areas of industry. Construction uses sensors to monitor the structural health of buildings or how they react to certain conditions, in new constructions, but also with retrofitted sensors in historic buildings. The same is happening in other sectors such as monitors in utility networks (new and retrofitted), the automotive sector, the chemical industry and life sciences to name but a few. One of the biggest benefits of a shift from reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance can be seen in the manufacturing industry which often uses complex machinery. A fault...

Scientific News (August 2018)

Cancer cure closer Scientists based in Australia have taken a giant step forward in cancer research since their discovery of a new drug, which when tested on animals appears to send cancerous cells into permanent states of stasis. The new drug stops the cells from reproducing without any of the painful side effects that are often caused by the conventional methods of cancer treatments. The team surrounding this ground-breaking research include researchers and scientists from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Monash University, Cancer Therapeutics CRC, The University of Melbourne, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and CSIRO. Research published this week, shows the drugs actively stopping the advancement...

Internet News (August 2018)

Police face off with civil liberties group over Automatic Facial Recognition The use of automatic facial recognition technology by police facing a legal challenge from Big Brother Watch, a leading civil liberties group. Automatic Facial Recognition (AFR), works in conjunction with CCTV camera systems, allowing law enforcement agencies to compare and record images of people with criminals and suspects facial patterns stored on police databases. The technology has been described as “very intrusive” in public places by one prominent watchdog organisation. AFR allows the police to monitor several cameras in real time, pattern matching faces on the street with recorded and known criminal elements. The Metropolitan Police have already tested...

Business News (July 2018)

Ryanair faces more industrial action Recent industrial action by Ryanair has affected flights between the United Kingdom and Ireland, following a vote by the Irish Airline Pilots Association to strike after disputes with senior management over pay and working conditions, including base transfers, promotion opportunities and annual leave. During the autumn of 2017, Ryanair were faced with the decision to cancel hundreds of flights following issues with staff rotas, leaving the airline with insufficient numbers of crew. It was during this period that Ryanair staff made their feelings known about poor working conditions. The relationship between Ryanair and the unions has frequently been hostile, but in December 2017 Ryanair took...

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...