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North Korea behind Sony hack-attack, FBI announced

UPDATE - The U.S. has officially blamed the North Korean government for the massive cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

A group of British researchers and engineers plans to send a privately funded spacecraft to land on the Moon in the next decade

UK’s crowd-funded Moon mission achieves target

Lunar Mission One, a private venture by British engineers and scientists to land a robot on the Moon in the next decade, has reached its target funding on Kickstarter.

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Green-light for work on ‘largest’ tidal energy project

The construction of a major tidal energy project on the Scottish coast is set to begin next month, developers have announced.

The North Sea oil industry is facing a difficult year

Oil industry fears overblown, says expert

Although facing a difficult year, the UK oil industry is certainly not close to a collapse as suggested by some insiders, Sir Ian Wood has said.

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UK to fine-tune functional materials with £20m boost

Investments worth £20m in new functional materials aim to advance the UK’s manufacturing capability, an engineering council has announced.  

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A lady playing the tambourine, 1973, San Francisco

Analogue recording: vintage and classic gear for studios

Analogue gear is fighting off the digital revolution in music recording.

Nicole Scherzinger wearing the Twitter dress

3D printing: fashion enters the technosensual era

3D printing and computer tools are changing the way fashion designers approach not just design but materials and manufacture.

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Photonic computers promise energy-efficient supercomputers

Computers that process light instead of electrons could provide the boost supercomputers need to get to the exascale generation.

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Coming clean – the future of sewage

Breakthroughs in modern sewage-treatment technologies are creating economies of scale and environmental benefits. We talk to Professor Mark van Loosdrecht, whose brainchild 'Nereda' is helping sewage to clean up its act.

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Detriot: Decline and fall of the Motor City

In the mid-20th century, Detroit was an icon of the motor industry and the backbone of America's blue-collar aspirations. Today, the legendary manufacturing plants lie in ruins and the city is a shadow of its former self. How did the empire fall?

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A 5mm-square nano-sized Bible on a semiconductor. The tiny Bible contains the original Greek version of the New Testament

A 5mm-square nano-sized Bible on a semiconductor. The tiny Bible contains the original Greek version of the New Testament

Viktorija Pashuta, a photographer from Latvia, imagines what social networks would look like if humanised

Viktorija Pashuta, a photographer from Latvia, imagines what social networks would look like if humanised

The 40-seater Bio-Bus, the UK's first bus powered by gas generated from food waste and human sewage

The 40-seater Bio-Bus, the UK's first bus powered by gas generated from food waste and human sewage

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

Blogs

Sony. Dog. Bone... Still heed the teachable moment

19 December 2014

Amid the furore over Sony's decision to not release The Interview, fewer column inches have noted that eight former employees have already launched class action lawsuits against the company for failing to protect personal information. Much of the mainstream press will move on as, presumably, the more gossipy leaks dry up. CIOs (and CEOs) will know that a battle of potentially wider relevance is under way.

The Analogue Issue

18 December 2014

A stroll down London's Brick Lane market on a Sunday market is a trip back through time. This area, just next to Hoxton, Shoreditch and not far from the Tech City of Old Street's 'Silicon Roundabout', now feels like Soho of the fifties or Camden Town of the eighties. It's full of young people and over-30s will feel a little conspicuous but surprised at how, well, old their tastes are.

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Debate: analogue or digital Paddington?

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Profile: Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards is a leading commentator on the world of electronics, a former editor of Electronics Times and a technology correspondent for the Guardian and the Telegraph newspapers

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Profile: Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is a leading expert on photography technology, editor of Wild Planet Photography and former editor of Amateur Photographer and Outdoor Photography magazines

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