Science & Technology

Handwriting
In our age of the internet, texting and social media, we might be forgiven for thinking that the noble art of handwriting will soon die out.But a Sunderland tech expert who has worked in Silicon Valley claims that putting pen to paper should remain an important aspect of our...
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One in 25 people in the UK are estimated to have dyslexia, a condition that makes reading and writing difficult.Despite dyslexia being relatively common, those with the condition can face social exclusion and can have difficulty finding work and accessing services.Sunderland Library Services has launched a partnership with...
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Sunderland isn’t a city that gets mentioned often alongside tech hotspots like Seattle, California’s Silicon Valley or even London’s Silicon Roundabout.But that could all be about to change. A recent report claims that Wearside has one of the highest rates of job creation within the tech sector.According to the...
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Sixth-form students from across Sunderland have taken part in a unique challenge in which they got to see the world upside down, experience the sensation of having three arms and even stick electrodes on their friends’ heads.The sixth-formers were taking part in an open day at the University of...
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The University of Sunderland’s highly successful School of Engineering is to benefit from a £1 million investment. It is hoped the investment will ensure that more graduates leave the university with the high-level skills employers in the engineering and manufacturing sectors demand.The School of Engineering is also set to benefit...
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A bricklayer and family man from Sunderland has been honoured for his role in creating one of Britain’s most famous astronomical observatories. Gary Fildes – the director of the Kielder Observatory – received an honorary degree from the University of Sunderland yesterday in a ceremony at the Stadium of Light.The...
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You could soon earn money by selling your car’s excess energy to the national grid. Thanks to a scheme Nissan and Northern Powergrid are developing, owners of Nissan electric cars may be able to plug their vehicles into the grid at peak, high-tariff times and transfer electricity back into it....
Bitcoin, Ethereum and the Blockchain
Back in November 2013, I wrote an article on Consett Magazine about the price of bitcoin reaching £200. Today that same bitcoin has a price of £975 - a tidy investment in less than four years. It's a 387.5% increase in value.So, what is bitcoin? and how do you invest...
Woman in thick glasses using a laptop with poor posture and a full cup of tea right next to it, with papers on the other side of the tea.
It’s a growing phenomenon that costs Britain billions of pounds per year and which claimed 2 million victims in the year up to March 2016. As more and more criminals get web-savvy, cybercrime is becoming an increasingly serious security threat. But due to a shortage of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals,...
The Sunderland-born artist, inventor and designer Dominic Wilcox is to give a talk at the University of Sunderland. The talk, which will take place on March 8th, will lead the listener on a high- speed journey through Dominic’s life and career.How to Find Inspiration, Invention and Ideas will examine...

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