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TfL has become the first transit network to accept Visa contacless payment cards across multiple services

Tube goes contactless

A contactless payment system has been rolled out for passengers on London Tube and rail services, making TfL the world’s first transit network accepting Visa contactless cards on multiple forms of transport.

Cambridge University Professor Dame Ann Dowling has been appointed the first female President of the Royal Academy of Engineering

First woman elected president of Royal Academy of Engineering

Combustion and acoustics expert Professor Dame Ann Dowling has been elected the first female president of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Philae lander will anchor itself on the comet's surface using a harpoon and a set of ice screws

Rosetta’s landing site on comet announced

Scientists have selected a landing site on the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the first-ever comet landing attempt in November.

An update to the IET's Wiring Regulations will be released early next year

Essential wiring regulations update to be launched in 2015

The IET will launch an update to its Wiring Regulations in January next year, the Institution has announced today.

The Atikokan Generating Station has undergone a major refurbishment to switch from coal to biomass

Largest biomass plant in North America opens

The largest 100 per cent biomass power plant in North America has opened in the Canadian province of Ontario.

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The Formula E all-electric Championship wants to improve reputation of electric vehicles

The Williams minds behind Formula E’s racing battery

To change the deeply ingrained prejudices about electric vehicles, Formula E called in the best in the field, including former Formula One champion Williams, to build a fully-fledged all-electric racing car in just two years. And building the car's battery was one of the biggest challenges.

Tram graphic

Scottish referendum: business opinions from both sides

On the eve of the Independence referendum we hitch an imaginary ride on one of Scotland’s engineering novelties – a Spanish-built Edinburgh tram – and take our own straw poll of what the passengers think.

Gondolas and a cruise ship in the background, Venice

Venice Flood Barrier: MOSE project keeps the sea at bay

Despite allegations of corruption, delays and overspending, the construction of the Venice Flood Barrier has an end in sight.

The npower renewables wind farm at Farr, Scotland

An independent Scotland and the renewable power industry

Scotland has a rich seam of renewables and leads the UK in alternative energy projects. What would a Yes vote in the Scottish or European referenda mean for meeting renewables targets?

Chinese mountain town

China bulldozes mountains to make way for cities

China's campaign to bulldoze mountains and create land for new cities is ambitious, even admirable, but now the world is worried.

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A five-storey modular home clings to the side of a cliff in this conceptual design by Australian architects Modscape.

A five-storey modular home clings to the side of a cliff in this conceptual design by Australian architects Modscape.

Ptolemy Elrington collects lost hub caps from Britain's roadsides and turns them into animal sculptures worth up to £3,000

Ptolemy Elrington collects lost hub caps from Britain's roadsides and turns them into animal sculptures worth up to £3,000

Skateboarder Bob Burnquist and his design team created this skate ramp, weighing 7,300 lbs, that now floats on Lake Tahoe in California

Skateboarder Bob Burnquist and his team created this ramp, weighing 7,300 lbs, that now floats on Lake Tahoe in California

Technicon Design's new Ixion private jet concept replaces windows with flexible screens that can display immersive, panoramic views of the outside environment on interior cabin walls and ceilings. Cameras mounted on the plane's main body and wings capture the surrounding vistas, allowing passengers a 360° view of scenery. The high-resolution, low-voltage display is powered by solar panels placed on the roof of the plane.

Technicon Design's new Ixion private jet concept replaces windows with flexible screens that can display immersive, panoramic views of the outside environment on interior cabin walls and ceilings. Cameras mounted on the plane's main body and wings capture the surrounding vistas, allowing passengers a 360° view of scenery. The high-resolution, low-voltage display is powered by solar panels placed on the roof of the plane.

An infographic showing the physical forces that affect Bloodhound SSC

An infographic showing the physical forces that affect Bloodhound SSC [Credit: Access Group]

The hitch-hiking robot, hitchBOT, on Highway 17, Ontario, at the halfway point on its journey across Canada

The hitch-hiking robot, hitchBOT, on Highway 17, Ontario, at the halfway point on its journey across Canada

The BugJuggler, a 70ft-tall diesel-powered robot that uses hydraulic cylinders to juggle three VW Beetle automobiles.

The BugJuggler, a 70ft-tall diesel-powered robot that uses hydraulic cylinders to juggle three VW Beetle automobiles.

Squadrone System's Hexo, a 45-mph GoPro-compatible drone that tracks you autonomously and can film your every move.

Squadrone System's Hexo, a 45-mph GoPro-compatible drone that tracks you autonomously and can film your every move.

Eduardo Galvani's Fly Citycopter, a 120-mph futuristic helicopter with solar panels and a rechargeable electric engine.

Eduardo Galvani's Fly Citycopter, a 120-mph futuristic helicopter with solar panels and a rechargeable electric engine.

The star of the

The star of the "Electric Giraffe Project" by the South Lawn of the White House, during the first-ever Maker Faire to be held there.

The latest products and technologies for urban development were exhibited at the Smart Community exhibition in Japan 2014 recently.

The latest products and technologies for urban development were exhibited at the Smart Community exhibition in Japan 2014 recently.

The driver's view of the cockpit of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

The driver's view of the cockpit of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

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Climate change and the limits of realpolitik

16 September 2014

The United Nations will host Climate Summit 2104 on September 23rd in New York. Hype and expectation around the event are lower than in the past. Everyone still remembers the misfires of 2009. And this prelude to the next round of detailed treaty negotiations in Peru this December has already been put in its place.

Why engineers like to cook?

15 September 2014

"Knives down!"

 
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