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Maximising light in New York City subway station design

In the early years of the New York City subway system, natural light played a dominant role in the illumination of subterranean spaces. The architecture emphasized a connection to the sky, often through skylights planted in the median of city avenues above - lenses in the concrete sidewalks.

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Professional development tools for the web generation

What do engineering employers expect from universities in preparing students for the workplace? Firstly it is to turn out students who have a strong grounding in engineering; secondly to educate them in problem solving. The graduate engineer is a generalist and becomes a specialist later.

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The future of electric airplanes

In this infographic by Lights4Fun, the technology behind Santa’s theoretical sleigh is weighed up against the use of gravity-defying reindeer.

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About the installation of a Lontra Blower at Worcester Sewage Works

A prototype Lontra compressor has shown 20 per cent efficiency gains from the Blade Compressor over competing technologies. This technology has been put to test in a real life environment at Worcester sewage treatment works.

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Minimizing energy consumption in capacitive sensing applications

This paper looks at capacitive sensing applications, how they operate and the benefits over alternative solutions. It considers how energy consumption can be mitigated using a microcontroller (MCU) that can remain in a deep-sleep mode while still responding to sensor inputs quickly and reliably.

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  • Centres of excellence explained

    The term Centre of Excellence (CoE) is becoming a popular way of focusing attention in many organisations, but what exactly is a CoE? How can it be incorporated into an organisational structure? And, is it just another ‘excellence’ fad? Kerrine Bryan and Ian Herbert answer some typical questions.

  • Powerline versus WiFi - the pros and cons

    Comparing two wireless solutions and examining their relative merits in a home networking environment.

  • A cool approach to cutting fluids

    Which industrial cutting fluid should you be using for optimal lubrication?

  • 999 – where’s your emergency?

    How can IP based PBXs provide location information during emergency calls?

  • 999 location information: obligations for telephone networks

    Stephen Killen of ConneXon examines the problems associated with delivering correct location information with 999 (or 112) calls made from within private telephone networks and considers the regulatory, legal and moral obligations placed on organisations to ensure that this information reliable.

  • How do you unleash the potential of engineers in SMEs?

    Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has examined how you can achieve competitive advantage through people in SMEs, taking an engineering company as one of the central case studies.

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  • Spitfire enters the digital age

    3D digital scanning specialist Physical Digital has captured the very essence of the last airworthy Spitfire.

  • Controlling the car of the future

    Cars have seen great improvements in styling, safety and performance over the last 40 years. The next area for evolution is likely to be the interior, in particular the interfaces between the car systems and the occupants.

  • 2D and 3D design: Let's work together

    There's no need for an either/or decision – the goal should be to blend 2D and 3D design tools and processes, and get the best of both.

  • i-Give: a new era of charity donation

    A professor from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University presents details about the first highly interactive donation system, providing a user-friendly multimedia interface for promoting, motivating and assisting people to make donations at any particular time.

  • Isolated DC-DC performance in an ultra-small form factor

    Presenting innovative silicon integration, power-system-in-package and proprietary control architectures to enable benchmark isolated DC-DC performance in an ultra-small form factor.

  • Deepwater Horizon Drilling Platform Explosion

    There has been widespread coverage of the Gulf of Mexico disaster in many news papers but the report which is more interesting to control systems engineers, was published in The Times on the May 18th 

  • Do we still need to find black boxes?

    Could better aircraft communications help make aircraft black boxes obsolete?

  • Danish railway gets in-carriage network

    Network enabled trains integrate security, surveillance, passenger counting and infotainment technologies.

  • Using customer experience management to meet the challenges of next-generation mobile

    Mobile operators could benefit from understanding how customers experience their services 

  • Migrating to Linux: how and why

    Linux is firmly established in the embedded market, but migrating existing source code to the operating system is a considerable undertaking. This article explores the steps necessary to migrate, the technical requirements and possible pitfalls and the differences between buying an established Linux implementation and developing one internally.

  • Ultrawideband: not dead yet

    Marty Colombatto, chief executive officer of wireless USB chip company Staccato Communications, says that the ultra-wideband based technology is just beginning to take off.

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