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YAS member Dr Theodore Koutmeridis gives TEDx talk on the "The Underground Economy"

YAS member Dr Theodore Koutmeridis has delivered a Tedx talk about the economics of crime.

In this talk, Dr Koutmeridis proposes a new link between opportunity and crime. He examines how innovation, labor market conditions and punishment influence illegal activity, and reveals that individuals respond to changes in the potential value of criminal opportunities. This connection between crime and prices appears to be a crucial but overlooked aspect of criminal behavior.

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Scottish school children head to the US for FIRST LEGO League Final

The West Linton Wasps will represent the United Kingdom in the World Finals of the FIRST LEGO League, which is being held in St Louis, Missouri, USA this week.

The team, from West Linton Primary School in the Scottish borders, won a coveted place in the finals by winning the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) UK and Ireland Final.  At this competition, they saw off fierce competition from 43 other teams from accross the UK and Ireland.

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Young Academies of Europe release position statements on Open Data and Open Access

The Young Academies of Europe and the Global Young Academy have released two statements concerning Open Data and Open Access.

Representing the Young Academy of Scotland, Ian Overton, co-lead of the Open Data Working Group contributed to both these statements.  They will be presented to the European Commission on Monday, 4 April 2016, at the Open Science Conference in Amsterdam.

To read the position statement on Open Data, click here. To read the position statement on Open Access, click here.
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YAS Member Co-Hosts latest #AspirationalAdvice Radio Show

YAS Member Neil McLennan yesterday joined Radio Edu talk’s David Noble to host a radio interview with US Consulate Principal Officer Susan Wilson.  The show came about as a result of US Ambassador Matthew Barzun taking part in last year’s Young Academy driven #AspirationalAdvice Twitter campaign.

The Twitter campaign, which ran from 1st January to 1st May 2015, engaged people from all aspects of Scottish and international society, and reached over 4,500 individuals.  Ambassador Barzun’s advice, “Explore the globe! Study abroad, work abroad, travel abroad!,” made it into the top five most-viewed tweets of the campaign.  Others who engaged include writers, sports champions, teachers and well known media figures.

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YAS member leads development of small and low cost ultra-sensitive MEMS gravimeters

Young Academy of Scotland member Dr Giles Hammond (Institute for Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow) leads a research activity focussed on high sensitivity, long term stable MEMS (MicroElectroMechanicalSystem) devices for applications in gravity imaging. In their paper, "Measurement of the Earth tides with a MEMS gravimeter" published in Nature this week, the authors explain how their research and development led to the device being the first MEMS able to measure the Earth Tides.

The work is the result of a collaboration between the Institute for Gravitational Research, school of Physics and Astronomy and the Electronic and Nanoscale group in the school of Engineering. The collaboration has developed over the last 3 years, initially starting with a Glasgow sensors studentship and Royal Society Paul Instrument funding. The research is now a main theme of the QuantIC quantum technology hub in quantum enhanced imaging, and has gained significant buy-in from industrial partners. The combination of expertise in developing/testing precision opto-mechanical devices (from the Institute for Gravitational Research), combined with one of the best cleanrooms/processing facilities in Europe (James Watt Nanofabrication Centre) has enabled this new and novel technology.

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02 June 2016
YAS member Dr Theodore Koutmeridis has delivered a Tedx talk about the economics of crime.In this ta...