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Business accelerator

Accelerate your business with imec’s new ‘Corporate Accelerator’ program

Sven De Cleyn explains how imec’s business accelerator program can help larger companies to fine-tune and launch their tech innovations Imec is opening its imec.istart business accelerator program – originally targeted at start-ups – to larger companies, providing them with a safe and inspiring environment to further fine-tune and launch...

The conundrum of human health versus beef fat consumption

Raluca Mateescu from Mateescu’s Animal Genetics and Genomics Lab explores the conundrum of human health versus beef fat consumption and opportunities for improving the health properties of beef Animal fat has been stigmatised due to a perceived association with several diseases, from cardiovascular diseases to cancer. Because beef is perceived...
knifefish

All about the adult long-tailed knifefish S. macrurus

Graciela A. Unguez and Chiann-Ling C. Yeh from New Mexico State University explain that sarcomere disassembly is a naturally occurring event during tail regeneration in the adult long-tailed knifefish S. macrurus Perhaps the most characteristic feature of skeletal muscle invertebrates is its regular pattern of striations, comprised of many hundreds of...
Acute myeloid leukaemia

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and cytarabine pharmacogenomics

Professor Jatinder Lamba from the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research gives an in-depth perspective on acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and cytarabine pharmacogenomics Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is the cancer of the myeloid precursor stem cells character­ised by the appearance of immature, abnormal myeloid cells in bone marrow and other...
micro air vehicles

Adaptivity boosts unmanned micro air vehicles (MAV) in urban environments

Wolfram Hardt, Professor at Chemnitz University of Technology gives insight into their ongoing adaptive mission research for unmanned micro air vehicles (MAV) Unmanned micro air vehicles (MAV) have spread widely in use during the last few years. Pilots control their MAV by remote control and video streams. The market for...
Human Sensory Disorders

MRI and MEG imaging of human sensory disorders

Professor Susan Francis of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, University of Nottingham explores how state-of-the-art imaging methods can be used to study human sensory disorders (the sense of touch) The somatosensory system transmits nerve impulses pertaining to tactile, proprioceptive, thermal, nociceptive and affective sensations. There have been significant advances...
global biodiversity

Training a global biodiversity workforce for the 21st century

Director of University of Florida Biodiversity Institute, Pamela S. Soltis gives a compelling insight into the world of biodiversity and the importance of training the workforce behind it Biodiversity – the extraordinary variety of life on Earth – is fundamental to a healthy, sustainable planet, yet the connections between biodiversity,...
blockchain and artificial intelligence

Blockchain and AI research at the University of Nicosia

Prof. Spyros Makridakis and Prof. George Giaglis, Directors of IFF at University of Nicosia lift the lid on the institution’s blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) research, including the launch of The Institute For the Future (IFF) 2018 may prove to be a historic year: as a number of technological innovations...
Compliance

Blockchain technologies for automatic regulation and compliance 

Professor Tomaso Aste from The UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies shares his perspective on the use of blockchain technologies for both automatic regulation and compliance Blockchain technologies have the potential to radically change compliance and regulation improving efficiency, reliability and transparency whilst redefining the services industry landscape generating new business...
defence technology

Adapting defence technology to business enterprise: Autonomous unmanned vehicles

Paddy Bradley, Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership outlines the development of autonomous vehicles technologies for today’s defence industry The development of autonomous vehicles technologies has the potential to revolutionise logistics and distribution from the use of drones through to innovation in agri-tech and energy applications. Defence industry-related...
NanoCommons

Integrating nanomaterials safety data so that it is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable

Professor Iseult Lynch from University of Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences explores the amazing opportunities offered by nanotechnologies Nanotechnologies and the ability to manipulate matter at the nanoscale (1-100nm) have opened up amazing new opportunities for industry and consumers. Nanotechnology has been identified as a key enabling...
specific language impairment

What twins can tell us about Specific Language Impairment

Mabel L Rice from the University of Kansas explains how studies into Specific Language Impairment can benefit from twins and how they speak to each other One unexplained kind of language impairment in children is known as Specific Language Impairment (SLI). As the name implies, children with SLI have language...
Astroparticle Physics

CMB Space missions: a window to astroparticle physics

Prof. Nicola Vittorio from Università degli Studi di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’ gives an absorbing insight into CMB Space missions and why they are a window to astroparticle physics I put stress1 on the great goal of modern cosmology: investigating the physics of the early universe. This very ambitious goal requires...

Blockchain – a “Fosbury flop” for the insurance industry?

Jags Rao, from Swiss Re explores how a maverick mentality can turn the tables on tradition and have a global impact Mexico City, 1968. The Summer Olympics. And the scene is the men’s high jump final. The whole stadium was stunned when a 21-year-old lanky American called Richard Douglas Fosbury...
cellulose

Natural colours from cellulose

Silvia Vignolini, Reader in Chemistry and Biomaterials at University of Cambridge explores the wonderful world of colour and how it affects our perception and mood Colour is a powerful communication tool, it deeply affects our perception of the world, stimulating our senses. It is not by chance that since the...
Sustainable soil management

Sustainable soil management challenges

Dr. Robert Simmons, Prof. Jane Rickson and Prof. Ron Corstanje from Cranfield University’s School of Water, Energy and Environment sheds light on sustainable soil management (SSM) challenges, including soil degradation Sustainable soil management (SSM) is fundamental to effective soil function, particularly in intensive production systems where optimal plant growth is...
statistical physicist

Puzzled tribologist seeks contact with statistical physicist: Friction today

Julien Scheibert & Alain Le Bot at CNRS investigate the fascinating world of friction Recently found in the “Scientists” section of the dating ads: “I am a young tribologist (researcher in the field of friction). My ambition is to elucidate the mystery of the force resisting relative motion of bodies...
human gene therapy

AAV: From almost a virus to an awesome vector for human gene therapy

Dr. Arun Srivastava, George H. Kitzman Professor of Genetics, from the University of Florida describes the rationale and strategies for the development of next generation (NextGen), generation X (GenX) and optimised (Opt) recombinant AAV vectors for human gene therapy Recombinant AAV vectors have been, or are currently being, used in...
governance

Blockchains, trust and power: Governance models of the future

Sari Stenfors, PhD from the ReCon Blockchain Research Project at Aalto University looks at how distributed and open technologies transform our interactions In a forward-looking research project at Aalto University’s Business School in Helsinki, together with partner companies and public organisations such as the Finance Ministry of Finland, we are...
muscles

Therapies for weak muscles

Research into personalised interventions is helping pave the way for a new generation of therapies for weak muscles at the Balgrist Campus It is estimated that ten percent of the costs of health care in Switzerland (or an equivalent of 500 billion Euros per annum in the EU) being associated...

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