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Supply chain attacks on the rise

A new report from CrowdStrike, a specialist in cloud-delivered endpoint protection, raises the prospect that software supply chain attacks have the potential to become one of the biggest cyber threats in the next few years.

Uncertainty is beginning to impact the UK’s manufacturing sector

UK manufacturing has a lot to contend with. Coming to terms with the digitalisation of the factory process, recruiting skilled labour, providing adequate training, boosting productivity and investment, let alone regulation and trade barriers. Manufacturers are faced with a very challenging economic environment.

Aerospace angst

The Farnborough Airshow, running this week, looks set to attract over 100,000 trade visitors from 100 countries and, if it matches the 2016 show, could see deals worth over £95billion being signed off.

Is the AI bubble set to burst?

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, it’s what everyone in the industry is pointing to as ‘the next big thing’. That’s the next stage of our research, that’s where the sector is heading, etc. etc. It’s trickling into all areas of the industry that a mere decade ago would have seemed the work of science fiction. From storage, to healthcare, transport and defence, we’re going to see AI.

After a difficult period has Tesla turned a corner?

It’s been a torrid few months for Tesla, with a series of mishaps, reality checks and mishandled media events. Investors have grown worried about an increasing number of problems with the company, such as concerns over car safety and a major recall earlier this year, which involved almost half the Model S cars sold to date. In March, a Model X crashed into a highway barrier in Mountain View, California, killing the driver.

Are market forecasts for drones wrong?

PwC recently forecast that the market for drones would be worth over £40billion by 2020, while the banking firm Goldman Sachs, over two years ago, suggested it could be worth $100billion by 2020.

The changing face of electronics over the past 50 years

A year of seismic social and political change 1968 saw anti-Vietnam war protests in London; the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr; the creation of Intel Corporation; and a music scene still being set by the likes of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Revolutionising healthcare

The use of artificial intelligence in healthcare has been identified as key component when it comes to improving how patients are seen and how treatments could be planned better, enabling doctors to make faster and more informed decisions by having all the information they need to make a better and safer decision.

What a waste! 

Despite an increased awareness of how our activities can impact on the environment, we’re still pretty useless when it comes to taking care of planet earth. And electronic, or e-waste, isn’t helping in the battle to secure a greener world. 

Closing the gender gap could take 258 years for physics and 60 years for mathematics

In the 'Year of Engineering', engineering skills are taking centre stage and the Skills Commission inquiry, which is co-chaired by Lucy Allan MP, Preet Gill MP and Professor Sandra McNally, is taking evidence as to why women are so badly under-represented within engineering courses, and whether upcoming skills system reforms will encourage more women to go into the profession.

Open source, open season

Last week Synopsys released its Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) report for 2017, and it has raised some serious issues.

Test drones get approval

Apple, Intel, Microsoft and Uber are among a number of businesses who have been given the greenlight by the US government for ten pilot drone projects - including mapping, aircraft inspection and food delivery.

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