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Securing the future of medical data
The University of St Andrews has secured €4.37m from the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme to study security of medical data. The Serums project, which will keep the University in the forefront of software technology, aims to produce tools and technologies to support future-generation healthcare systems that will integrate home-based healthcare into a holistic treatment plan, reducing cost and travel-associated risks and i...
Light technique could help diagnose illness
A method of using light to scan the human body, developed by researchers at the University of St Andrews, could result in less intrusive and more effective diagnosis for patients. The work is the result of a collaboration between researchers from the Schools of Physics and Astronomy, Biology, Medicine and the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University. The new technique allows the light to be shaped so it can reach greater depths within bio...
Digital reconstruction takes you back 500 years
In order to reveal how they looked nearly 500 years ago before the Reformation changed the face of the town forever, historic buildings at the heart of St Andrews have been digitally reconstructed. St Salvator’s Quad and Chapel, at the heart of the University of St Andrews, can now be seen in a virtual recreation which reveals how these historic buildings appeared before the religious changes of the Reformation.
Revolutionising the future of electronic devices
New research by the Universities of St Andrews and Tokyo has revealed an understanding on how to create topological electronic states in solids which could fuel the development of improved materials for fast and energy-efficient electronic devices. The findings could lead to new types of computer chips that could be much more powerful than those found in today’s computers and smart phones.
Data centre wins gold award for its environmental design
For the third time, a green-energy data centre at the University of St Andrews has achieved the highest level of award for its performance and environmental design. Following a rigorous re-assessment process this summer the University has retained the GOLD award under the Certified Energy Efficient DataCenter Award (CEEDA) Scheme. Built at a cost of £2.4m, the data centre was opened in 2011, with the aims of carbon neutrality for energ...
Funding available to improve remote access to sensitive data
In order to support, strengthen and widen remote access to sensitive data held by data centres across the UK, the University of St Andrews has been granted £1.5m from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to create and manage a new Micro Safe Settings Network (MSSN). Typically, research access to sensitive data can only take place in tightly controlled safe settings where the privacy of the data subjects can be assured.
Revolutionary guitar string rocks the music industry
Developed at the University of St Andrews, a revolutionary guitar string has struck a chord with some of the greats of the music world. Created by Dr Jonathan Kemp, Head of Music Technology at the Music Centre who also lectures in the School of Physics and Astronomy, the invention allows electric guitar strings to be balanced in sensitivity and feel in a way that has never been achieved before for an instrument with standard hardware.
$1m prize on offer for solution to 'simple' chess puzzle
Do you fancy yourself as a tech whiz? Researchers at the University of St Andrews have thrown down the gauntlet to computer programmers to find a solution to a 'simple' chess puzzle which could, in fact, take thousands of years to solve and net a $1m prize. Computer Scientist Professor Ian Gent and his colleagues believe any programme capable of solving the famous 'Queens Puzzle' efficiently, would be so powerful, it would be capable of solv...
App enables virtual discovery of 16th century Edinburgh
This weekend, visitors to Edinburgh were able to explore the streets, marketplaces and churches as they may have been in the 16th century thanks to academics at the University of St Andrews. The virtual reality app, released on 7th July, has added a new dimension for visitors, especially for those visiting the Fringe Festival over the summer.
How do you like your lasers? Scrambled
A team from the University of St Andrews and UK company M Squared Lasers has used the principle of random scattering of light to create a new class of laser wavemeter that breaks through a glass ceiling in the way wavelength is measured. The innovation can measure changes one millionth of the size of an atom and could revolutionise their use in quantum technologies and healthcare thanks to new, lower-cost technology. Wavemeters are used in m...
SWiM: an evolution in one-handed texting
The growing popularity of mobile devices with large screens – called "phablets" – and also small screen wearable devices, such as smartwatches, is making interacting with them with one hand increasingly difficult. This is especially true when trying to input text with one hand. Computer scientists at the University of St Andrews have come up with the solution – a tilt-based gesture keyboard text entry technique that support...
Storing electricity from intermittent energy sources
St Andrews researchers have made an important step forward in the quest to store electricity from intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar. Energy conversion technology holds the key to storing energy on large scales – making wind and solar more economical and reliable – and solid oxide cells (SOCs), which operate with high efficiency over a wide range of scales, offer the best prospects.
Making smartwatches easier to use
A system for making smartwatches and fitness-trackers easier to use, created by computer scientists at the University of St Andrews, could transform the technology for users without the need to buy new hardware. WatchMI allows wearers to access functions on their watch using a wider range of actions: for example by twisting the watch face, applying pressure to the screen, or by panning the watch to the right or left.
Fibre-optic technology could heal wounds faster
A new technique which delivers light deeper into human tissue than previously possible has been developed by researchers at the University of St Andrews and Harvard Medical School. The new method, published in the journal Nature Communications, could help heal wounds faster and treat tumours more efficiently. Through a process called photochemical tissue bonding, light is applied to a wound to stimulate healing.