Chinese city to launch artificial moon in hopes of replacing street lights

A Chinese city has plans to build what it is describing as an “artificial moon” and bright enough to possibly replace the need for street lights. The south-western city of Chengdu revealed it would launch its illumination satellite in 2020, which it said was designed to emulate moonlight and would be eight times brighter than the real moon. The aim is to have the satellite replace the need for street lights, according to a report by China state media People’s Daily, which quoted Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute. The “artificial moon” would be bright enough to lit an area with a diameter of 10km to 80km and which coverage area could be controlled within “a few dozen meters”. Wu said the illumination satellite […]

Amazon plans machine learning, software engineering, R&D hiring spree in UK

Retail to cloud-computing giant Amazon plans to hire over 1,000 new staff across three sites in the UK, and will open a new office in Manchester next year. “These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK,” said Doug Gurr, Amazon’s UK country manager. Hanover House in Manchester.Image: Amazon A new corporate office in Manchester, due to open next year, will be located in the Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter. The company said the six-storey, 90,000 square-foot site will house at least 600 new staff working on software development, machine learning and R&D. Amazon said it will also expand its development centre in Edinburgh, adding 250 new staff where it already has hundreds of software engineers, machine learning scientists and user experience […]

Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy, EU establish $114 million clean energy fund

The European Commission and Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy Ventureslaunched a 100 million-euro ($114.57 million) clean energy investment fund Wednesday. Called Breakthrough Energy Europe, the pilot fund is designed to help companies there develop clean energy technologies and bring them to market. It’s part of an effort to fight climate change and “deliver on the Paris Agreement — giving a strong signal to capital markets and investors that the global transition to a modern and clean economy is here to stay,” the European Commission said in a news release. Gates serves as chairman of investor-led Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which has contributed more than $1 billion toward companies working to eliminate emissions in electricity, agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and buildings. “To stop the planet from getting substantially warmer, we need breakthroughs in how we make things, […]

Boeing : un 777-10X pour contrer l’A380 ?

Boeing proposerait à certaines compagnies aériennes un 777-10X, une version allongée du futur 777-9X qui pourrait entamer par le bas le marché de l’Airbus A380. Selon l’agence Bloomberg, Emirates Airlines figurerait parmi les clients potentiels de la nouvelle version du plus gros biréacteur long-courrier de l’avionneur américain. Le 777-10X comporterait quatre rangées de sièges supplémentaires, qui lui permettraient d’atteindre une capacité d’environ 450 passagers en configuration standard ; de quoi presqu’égaler le 747-8i (467), et se rapprocher un peu de celle de l’A380 (544 places en standard quatre classes). Les superjumbos européens en service accueillent de 407 (Korean Air) à 615 voyageurs (Emirates) selon les aménagements choisis par les compagnies. Boeing n’a ni confirmé ni infirmé cette information, son porte-parole Doug Alder expliquant à Bloomberg qu’il « évalue en permanence les technologies, […]

UK biopharma says Brexit would be “bad for business”

UK biopharma says Brexit would be “bad for business” Over 90 industry leaders sign letter supporting the Remain campaign More than 90 top executives in the UK’s biopharma industry have added their signatures to a letter warning of “complexity and uncertainty” if the UK votes to leave the EU on 23 June. The letter – signed by GlaxoSmithKline chief executive Sir Andrew Witty and his counterpart at AstraZeneca Pascal Soriot among many others – notes that people in the UK benefits from membership of the EU as they get access to new medicines more quickly. Similarly, the UK life sciences industry, which employs 222,000 people across the country, benefits from having its products made available across the EU sooner. “We see significant advantages for the UK life sciences sector in […]

Construction Industry Council welcomes Brexit opportunities

  // // The new chairman of the Construction Industry Council says that leaving the EU could be great news for most UK construction companies. If it means an end to tendering projects through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), he said, bid costs will come down and smaller and medium sized firms will get a much better look in. John Nolan was yesterday inaugurated as the new chairman of the Construction Industry Council (CLC), which is the umbrella body for 50 professional bodies. He takes over from Gardiner & Theobald senior partner Tony Burton for a two-year term. John Nolan is a past president of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a fellow of both IStructE and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is also a visiting […]

Les entreprises pharmaceutiques innovantes belges prennent l’initiative en matière de transparence

80 membres de pharma.be ont investi 138,5 millions d’euros en 2015 dans le soutien à la recherche scientifique et à la formation de la communauté médicale belge. Bruxelles, le 22 juin 2016 – pharma.be, l’association de l’industrie pharmaceutique innovante, se réjouit du lancement du site internet www.betransparent.be, la plateforme de transparence sur laquelle les collaborations entre l’industrie pharmaceutique, d’une part, et les prestataires de soins et organisations de santé en Belgique, de l’autre, sont rendues publiques ce 22 juin. Selon les données du site internet, il ressort que 80 entreprises pharmaceutiques innovantes ont investi, dans l’ensemble, 138,5 millions d’euros en 2015 dans des collaborations avec la communauté médicale belge. Il s’agit principalement de soutien à la recherche scientifique dans les universités et les organisations de santé ainsi qu’à la formation […]

Windstorm Protection Tips for Your Roof

High velocity winds can damage your roof and property in a matter of minutes. After all, it’s impossible to predict the timing, strength, and potential damage of any storm. However, there are a few preventive measures you can take to help lower the risk of damage to your property as well as save yourself money in repairs and lost productivity. Below, you will find a few tips regarding preventative measures geared to help you prepare your roofing system for the unexpected. Proper Roofing Assembly To make sure your company’s roof is protected against wind damage you have to start at the beginning. Choosing the proper roof assembly is the first step toward protecting your roofing system. System attachment is the most critical element of roof design and application. Improper attachment […]

PW1100G Criticism Not Supported By Facts, Says Pratt

In recent weeks, Pratt & Whitney has been increasingly vocal in insisting that its powerplant offering for the Airbus A320neo has overcome early teething troubles and has succeeded in making a strong entry-into-service over the first six months of 2016. At media briefings held at its U.S. headquarters in early June, the engine maker found it hard to conceal frustration at what it views as overstated criticism by customers. In Pratt & Whitney’s view, the facts speak for themselves: it expects to have delivered 200 examples of the PurePower PW1000 Geared Turbofan (GTF) family by the end of 2016, and the majority of these will be the PW1100G turbofan for the A320neo. According to #engineering vice president Tom Prete, all production engines now being delivered include a fix to resolve “rotor […]

Enfin une bonne nouvelle pour l’A400M d’Airbus

L’objectif du ministère de la Défense est de disposer fin 2016 de six A400M dotés de ces capacités tactiques. – Airbus Defense & Space En poursuivant votre navigation sur ce site, vous acceptez l’utilisation de cookies afin de réaliser des statistiques d’audiences et vous proposer une navigation optimale, la possibilité de partager des contenus sur des réseaux sociaux ainsi que des services et offres adaptés à vos centres d’intérêts. Le principal déboire technique affectant le moteur des A400M aurait trouvé sa solution. Selon le site latribune.fr, les quatre motoristes européens impliqués dans sa conception aurait confié à un cinquième, l’Italien Avio, la résolution d’un défaut de puissance affectant la boîte de transmission. Ce problème oblige à des révisions plus fréquentes en raison de l’usure accélérée et anormale d’un composant de […]

Benefits of Virtual Design and Construction to Civil Construction Projects

The ability to visualize the built environment is critical to the design and construction of civil construction projects. While 3D simulation is widely used in the design phase of infrastructure projects, it is still gaining momentum in the construction phase. Advancements in 3D and 4D simulation technology, however, now make it possible for project stakeholders to better visualize the construction process of complex buildings and infrastructure projects. This advanced visual communication provides a valuable asset to the building design process and is one that civil #engineering projects should adopt. More construction project sites now use virtual design and construction simulation. Virtual simulation provides a 3D and 4D computer-generated representation and offers a very realistic view of buildings, bridges, infrastructure, and other graphical models. These models can deliver many benefits to […]

Review: Could this be the ‘Beginning of the end’ for Diabetes?

Given the rates of Diabetes reaching ‘epidemic-proportions’, we figured it was time to have a better overview of Biotech’s progress in the field. And with some serious advances having been made in the treatment of the disease, we have to ask – how much further can Biotech go in the treatment of Diabetes?  It is important to note the various complications which can arise from the disease, which has a series of serious co-morbidities. These can range from increased risk to infection, cardiovascular disease and even neuropathies (nerve damage across multiple tissues) – each of which present their own challenges to tackle. So here’s a review of recent developments, to include developments in Insulin, the growing MedTech field and how Cell Therapy is also tackling the disease. Diabetes complications affected organs. Diabetes affects nerves kidneys […]