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Next UK government should do more for manufactures, parties told

UK’s leading manufacturers have called for support ahead of the general election from the next government saying they “must work closely together”.

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Cargo ship powered by wind and gas

Wind-power freights could soon replace large ships that run on heavy oil, reducing pollution by up to 80 per cent, a team of engineers have announced after working with alternative fuels.

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China switches from leading tech firms to domestic products

China has dropped some of the world’s major technology brands from its state-approved purchase lists, while pushing forward locally made products, an analysis has shown.

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Talking drone could ease concerns over aviation safety

A talking drone that can communicate with air traffic controllers like a human pilot has been developed by Australian researchers to address safety concerns.

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Pilot projects to get more women into engineering

The UK government has announced two employer-led projects that are expected to open up new routes into engineering for women and help them hone their skills to advance in engineering careers.

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Mobile 3D displays search for a breakthrough

Smartphone makers are trying to squeeze the third dimension into their flat slabs, but is it worth the struggle?

Barry Wilmore with the ratcheting socket wrench

3D printing for space missions

3D printing is emerging as a popular technology in the space industry, where it increases the potential to reduce spacecraft mass and cut launch costs. But will it ever be possible to print the rockets themselves?

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3D printing produces amazing objects

3D printers can now produce a wide range of complex and striking structures, inspiring artists and designers to adapt their creative techniques to conjure up new sculptures and fashion accessories.

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Virtual reality attempts a comeback

Virtual reality is back in the spotlight, as Facebook acquires VR headset developer Oculus Rift, but this time the technology is not just for game companies. What is driving the revival?

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3D stacking offers an extension for Moore's Law

Within a decade or less, physical limits will stop silicon scaling. A move into the third dimension is the answer

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An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

The face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stared back at Billy Harley, owner of the Uig Hotel, Isle of Skye, from inside the tree trunk Harley was chopping to make firewood for the bar of his hotel

The face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stared back at Billy Harley, owner of the Uig Hotel, Isle of Skye, from inside the tree trunk Harley was chopping to make firewood for the bar of his hotel

One view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma, which monitors conditions in the middle of the Amazon forest

One view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma, which monitors conditions in the middle of the Amazon forest

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

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

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Make the Most of it - Certainly!

1 March 2015

Sometimes, life can be full of coincidences, things which may not have been planned sprung up from nowhere, and get accepted as we draw parallels to the existing scenario.

When the West sold sabotaged microchips to Russia

1 March 2015

Russia feels it is a misunderstood country, and the conflict between East and West that is now taking place is between resentment and ignorance: resentful Russians and ignorant West Europeans and Americans, who don't know what has been done in the past against Russians by what we might broadly term "the West".

 
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Is 3D printing really a benefit to innovation?

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Keith Goffin

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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Andrea Kates is managing director of LaunchPad for Enterprise (LP4E.com) in California, and is a featured TED speaker and author of the best-selling business book ‘Find Your Next

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