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Experts have tried to assess what impact would a major blackout have on today's increasingly electricity-dependant society

Impact of power outages hard to assess

The Royal Academy of Engineering has published a report aiming to assess the possible impact of widespread power outages on UK economy saying losses could run into billions.

American astronaut Barry

3D printer creates first made in space object

A printhead faceplate has become the first object in the history to have been manufactured in space using a 3D printer recently delivered to the International Space Station (ISS).

An international team led by the discoverer of graphene Nobel Prize laureate Andre Geim has demonstrated unexpected properties of the wonder material

Graphene discovery may revolutionise fuel-cell technology

One of the scientists who discovered graphene is on to yet another major breakthrough involving the wonder material, which has the promise to revolutionise clean energy generation.

Not a single piece of debris from the missing MH370 has been found in more than eight months of efforts

Drift modelling to help find lost MH370

Computer modelling of ocean currents may help shed some light on the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian investigators hope.

Google may be forced to remove material from its .com site as well as European ones

Europe wants ‘right to be forgotten’ extended worldwide

The EU wants the controversial ‘right to be forgotten’ that allows people to remove content from the web to be extended globally by Internet search engines.

Features
Turing's questions graphic

The Turing Test: brain-inspired computing's multiple-path approach

How closely do we need electronics to impersonate the brain before it can pass the Turing Test?

Left to right from top: Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Michelangelo, Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, Steve Jobs, Alexander Bell, Pierre Curie

Was Alan Turing dyslexic?

Some commentators think Alan Turing was dyslexic, some say autistic. In any case his life and his genius remain sources of inspiration for engineers and all those who defy discrimination and prejudice.

Alan Turing

The Imitation Game: the author of the book of the film

The Turing biopic, The Imitation Game, is based on the classic biography 'Alan Turing: the Enigma'. We talk to its author Andrew Hodges, fellow and tutor in mathematics at Wadham College, University of Oxford. 

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Turing's morphogenesis theory drives research into self-configuring systems

Alan Turing's ideas on morphogenesis are helping scientists to develop ways to make complex materials build themselves.

‘Mars yard’, Stevenage, UK, Earth

Europe's next shot to land on Mars

Only one country has so far managed to land objects on Mars successfully - the USA. Not wanting to get left behind, Europe is building its own rover - the ExoMars. Its three prototypes are currently roaming a mock section of Mars built at Airbus's facilities in Stevenage, UK.

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Control your drinking this Christmas with the literal half pint glass, available from web retailers www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

Control your drinking this Christmas with the literal half pint glass, available from web retailers www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

Bionic Boots, developed by Keahi Seymour from Solihull, UK. Inspired by the stride of an ostrich, high-tensile springs imitate the achilles of those animals to allow any human to run at approximately 25mph

Bionic Boots, developed by Keahi Seymour from Solihull, UK. Inspired by the stride of an ostrich, high-tensile springs imitate the achilles of those animals to allow any human to run at approximately 25mph

Sculptor Olaf Holzapfel's installation 'Drei Bruecken' ('Three bridges') in the forest near Dresden, Germany.   The piece is in response to the topic, 'Technik und Landschaft' ('Technology and countryside').

Sculptor Olaf Holzapfel's installation 'Drei Bruecken' ('Three bridges') in the forest near Dresden, Germany. 

The piece is in response to the topic, 'Technik und Landschaft' ('Technology and countryside').

A model of a suspended monorail system on display at the 2014 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China

A model of a suspended monorail system on display at the 2014 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China

The New Born Fame cot mobile enables a baby to post pictures of itself to Facebook and Twitter whenever it plays with the device

The New Born Fame cot mobile enables a baby to post pictures of itself to Facebook and Twitter whenever it plays with the device

The Quinny longboardstroller: cruise through the city with your child on this environmentally-friendly hybrid.

The Quinny longboardstroller: cruise through the city with your child on this environmentally-friendly hybrid.

The Olaf business scooter: a suitcase that doubles as a scooter. Does this make it a scootcase?

The Olaf business scooter: a suitcase that doubles as a scooter. Does this make it a scootcase?

Margot Krasojevic's Hydroelectric Tidal House, a concept house designed to harness the power of waves

Margot Krasojevic's Hydroelectric Tidal House, a concept house designed to harness the power of waves

Lightning strikes the inside of the erupting Sakurajima volcano, Japan, captured by photographer Takehito Miyatake

Lightning strikes the inside of the erupting Sakurajima volcano, Japan, captured by photographer Takehito Miyatake

Artist and sustainability advocate Markus Jeschaunig created this replica of the Arc de Triomphe from two tons of stale bread

Artist and sustainability advocate Markus Jeschaunig created this replica of the Arc de Triomphe from two tons of stale bread

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's river-barge HippopoThames sculpture, a follow-up to his giant Rubber Duck (still on its floating world tour)

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's river-barge HippopoThames, a follow-up to his giant Rubber Duck (still on its floating world tour)

The world's fastest pick-up truck: a customised 1947 Chevrolet 3100 powered by a V8 6-litre 820bhp engine for a top speed of 200mph

The world's fastest pick-up truck: a customised 1947 Chevrolet 3100 with a V8 6-litre 820bhp engine for a top speed of 200mph

Blogs

Google's rope-a-dope ain't working.

28 November 2014

It's tempting to see the European Parliament's symbolic vote to break up Google as an example of nanny again interfering in the free market. Then you look at the more powerful companies supporting lobbying towards both the vote and, they later hope, tough anti-trust measures against the search giant by the European Commission. You find that many come from the US, the supposed home of capitalism and creative destruction.

EU parliament mulls Google break-up proposal

26 November 2014

The guns are out for Google - again - in the European parliament.

 
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Debate: Is UX design a waste of time?

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Keith Goffin is Professor of Innovation and New Product Development at Cranfield School of Management. His books include ‘Identifying Hidden Needs: Creating Breakthrough Products’.

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