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TGV in trouble

15 Aug 2014 by Pelle Neroth

I would guess many readers will have travelled on the French TGV, high speed train, if not this summer holiday then another time. I think everyone will agree that it is an impressive experience. The high speed train is as much a symbol of France as the Eiffel tower.

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Editor's letter

Scottish independence and engineering

14 Aug 2014 by Dickon Ross

'Yes' or 'No, Thanks'? That's the choice for Scots in next month's referendum. What would Scottish independence mean for engineers and engineering?

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Electronic connections

The power of money

14 Aug 2014 by Chris Edwards

When computer historians look back at the Bitcoin arms race, they will most likely marvel at the sheer number of compute cycles and kilowatt hours devoted to achieving so little -  the brute-force calculation of hash values that lets so-called Bitcoin miners stake a claim on the virtual cryptocurrency.

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After All

Back in the USSR

12 Aug 2014 by Vitali Vitaliev

In March 1957, E&T's precursor, The IEE Journal, published a lengthy feature "Three Weeks in the USSR" - a detailed account of the April 1956 visit to the Soviet Union by a "delegation of the British electricity supply industry". It was a reciprocal visit after a similar trip to Britain by a "deputation of Soviet electrical engineers" in August 1955. An interesting detail: the Soviet delegation to the UK was led by Georgy Malenkov (1901 - 1988), Stalin's closest henchman and successor, who after the dictator's death fell into disfavour and was demoted to the relatively menial Minister of Power Stations. The Journal described him as "a man of considerable charm, and an astute and witty minister with a grasp of electrical power problems." I thought that the word "electrical" could be safely removed from that statement.

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View from Washington

Luis Suarez and the law of unintended consequences

26 Jun 2014 by Paul Dempsey

Uruguay is in denial. Few others doubt that its star player Luis Suarez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the countries' critical World Cup encounter. Yet many Uruguayans refuse to accept the evidence, and say in particular that the damning image of teeth marks on Chellini's shoulder has been Photoshopped.

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Cloudspeak #27

11 Jun 2014 by James Hayes

An occasional series that celebrates notable outpourings and rehashes of cloud computing buzzterms, hoopla, and over-stated market insight...

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Jack's blog

Jack's Blog: June

9 Jun 2014 by Jack Devine

Mum celebrated the fact that the twins and I have agreed to come on holiday with her and Dad by getting a new haircut. "It's a bit short, isn't it?" said Dad, walking round her like she was a second-hand car and it was time to kick the tyres.

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The Philosophical Engineer

Pump it up

3 Jun 2014 by Francis Goode

Perhaps it was Roger Dettmer's fascinating piece on the renaissance of ram pumps that primed these thoughts about pumps in general. I had further cause to reflect on the usefulness of pumps during the long walk home after a puncture brought a recent cycling expedition to a premature end, and also while clearing out the murky waters from the bottom of the pool in the Goode garden pool - but not before taking great pains to move the attendant amphibian wildlife from the site, having once witnessed the pump's effect on a poor frog that strayed too close. Not a pleasant sight. Pumps may be wondrous things, but they can also be very dangerous. They require careful handling.

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Stop. Pause. Play.

Apple 'still got love for the street' with Beats acquisition

29 May 2014 by Kris Sangani

After already being leaked weeks ago, Apple finally announced its acquisition of the subscription streaming music service Beats Music and Beats Electronics - which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software.

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#Wearable airbags are a thing now – an annotated infographic

19 Aug 2014

Yeps, as loopy as it sounds, wearable airbags could be the next big thing for unstable elderly people prone to falling over a lot. An estimated one in three elderly people fall over each year and many do not recover. Hip bones and other pointy body extremities are particularly susceptible to fractures and such like. […]

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