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US technology? Not over here

27 Feb 2015 by Chris Edwards

Customers of two European software companies have been unsettled enough by revelations about the activities of the US security services to avoid doing business with American corporations when security is a major component of the product.

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View from Brussels

Social cooperation game failures show up the risks of uniting Europe's cultures

18 Feb 2015 by Pelle Neroth Comments (2)

Europe is at a crossroads. Should the EU - read, Germany - continue to bail out Greece, writing down previous loans and extending new ones. Or will Greece flounce out, default on its debts, reestablish its own currency and make the silliness of the euro project seem all the more manifest?

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Editor's letter

3D: the 3rd wave

18 Feb 2015 by Dickon Ross

3D is all the rage right now as everything from cinema to printing seems to be breaking out of its two-dimensional straitjacket. Is it just a novelty or could it be the beginning of a revolution in how we access and interact with information?

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After All

A Tasty Bite of a Peculiar French Drink Called Genievre

17 Feb 2015 by Vitali Vitaliev

I am writing this blog entry on a bleak day in the end of January, branded by the British media the drabbest month of the year . Indeed, behind the windows of my small garden office is what in Russia we used to call "vodka weather". Why "vodka"? Because it was only a stiff alcoholic drink which could disperse the all- permeating winter greyness (or so we thought).

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View from Washington

FAA acts but does US drone market still face a slow ascent?

17 Feb 2015 by Paul Dempsey

The US Federal Aviation Administration has finally issued draft regulations covering smaller 'drone' aircraft up to a weight of 55lbs (25kg), but the first flights are still at least two years away.

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The Philosophical Engineer

A right-on philosopher

31 Jan 2015 by Francis Goode

For us engineers, getting things right is a pretty crucial part of professional life. After all the systems and constructions we design, our companies' financial results or even people's lives may depend on it. But even off duty we, along with the rest of humanity, still love to be right. Some of us flock to pub quizzes, while others shout out the answers the TV game show from the comfort of our armchairs. We indulge in mystery novels and shows so we can work out whodunnit before the hero gets there. Even as we go about our daily lives we love to predict the actions of those around us and so we can exclaim triumphantly, "See? I knew that would happen. I told you he'd do that."

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