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Intelligent grids, renewable energy and smart appliances: keeping the lights on

14 April 2014

Intelligent grids, unstable inputs of renewable energy and smart appliances. Are these the tools that we will use to help avoid future blackouts and keep the lights on?

Where now for the LED domestic market?

14 April 2014

The lighting industry got its fingers burnt trying to persuade householders to replace incandescent bulbs. Can the transition to LED lighting be smoother?

Modelling and simulation innovation: just do the math

14 March 2014

Modelling and simulation tools are increasingly using powerful maths and physics computations to engineer a wider range of products faster and more accurately.

Analysis: Network operators seek novel solutions to weather threats

10 March 2014

Unprecedented levels of wind and rain have led to failures in the UK’s power and transport networks, raising questions about the nation’s critical national infrastructure, as Edd Gent reports.

Mars - what would it take to live there?

10 March 2014

As global interest in Mars exploration gains momentum, researchers are simulating what life would be like on the Red Planet. One such simulation has just taken place in the USA.

Modular building - the answer to a changing marketplace?

10 March 2014

In a world where buildings must be cheaper, quicker, cleaner and more environmentally friendly than ever, developers are looking to other industries to build our future housing.

Mission-critical location-based services

14 February 2014

Location-based services on mobile devices used to be the preserve of app-happy shoppers and geo-social networking. Now, their usefulness is being explored for more serious – even mission critical – situations.

Display technology: coming to a screen near you

13 February 2014

Digital signage and display screen technologies are getting closer together – and are now integral to helping us find our way in the world.

Brazil 2014: The last-minute World Cup

10 February 2014

Stadiums and other key engineering projects needed for a smooth Brazilian World Cup will be ready just in time - literally.

Quinone-based batteries for better energy storage

10 February 2014

The intermittent nature of renewable energy sources renders their energy output difficult to store, but researchers believe they have the solution: the low-cost flow battery.

The architecture industry takes a cue from manufacturing

10 February 2014

With the concept of 'legacy' now the number one priority in designing and building cities of the future, could architects learn from the manufacturing industry?

Sochi 2014 - infrastructure award and environmental disaster

10 February 2014

As all eyes have turned to a worryingly snow-sparse Sochi as it readies itself for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Many environmental organisations are questioning whether Russia has delivered on its green Games and'lasting'legacy promises.

Dilemmas of Russia's £30bn winter Olympics

10 February 2014

The Sochi Olympic Games combines genuine technological achievements with persisting old myths, unprecedented costs and the heaviest ever security.

Technological singularity and transhumanism - new world for old

20 January 2014

Will technology provide a perfect future for the ascent of man? Or is it wishful thinking by techno-pundits who want to believe human progress is all toward a utopian state of existence?

Utopian living in Europe and North America

20 January 2014

People across the world are implementing their visions of utopia. From a spiritual 'magic garden' in Scotland, to the world's largest underground temple in the Italian Alps, these 'intentional communities' rest on some highly unusual technological inventions.

Pre-Constructivism and its relevance today

20 January 2014

The utopian ideals of the Constructivist Soviet artists had considerable influence on later science and technology.

Ram pump for the 21st century

16 December 2013

Invented in the late 18th century, the green credentials of a fuel-free pump are helping sustain a 21st century revival in its use.

Heritage under threat - Kirkaldy's Machine

16 December 2013

Every time a site of historical importance changes hands the new owners pore over the deeds and ask themselves why the previous incumbents felt it so important to preserve that pile of junk in the basement. Kirkaldy's Machine, the foundation to the modern system of materials testing, is currently under such scrutiny. Should it be saved? And could you help to save it?

Global roadmap to curb damaging effects of building roads

11 November 2013

A soon to be revealed global map for road building could show planners how to help rather than harm the environment.

Healthcare identity assurance - warding off fraud

15 October 2013

The healthcare industry is under attack, with imposters, fraudsters and cyber-criminals pretending to be people they are not to acquire personal patient data. But the ID theft clampdown has begun.

Whatever happened to Broadband over Power Line?

15 October 2013

It looked like a meeting of technologies that promised much in principle, but the marriage of high-speed data and mains electricity supply has proved to be a challenge too far for the engineers hoping to channel broadband over power lines.

Agricultural technology to feed the world

14 October 2013

With a growing population demanding more food, and an agricultural community constrained by lack of land and water while battling demands for greater sustainability, the challenge of feeding the world is falling at the feet of engineers.

Crimea - the first modern war

14 October 2013

From mass-produced cutlery and stoves to telegraphs and photography, the technological innovations of the Crimean War stretched far beyond the battlefield.

The irrigation project that gave the US a new sea

14 October 2013

Engineers who wanted to bring water to a Californian desert didn't bank on creating a new sea.

Why engineers need to learn to take risks

14 October 2013

Big infrastructure projects can provide a talent magnet for the engineering profession, says Steve Fowler, so long as engineers appreciate the importance of risk.

How to disarm an infrastructure hacker

14 October 2013

The media has been full of reports of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, but the fear is that there is far worse to come.

What's in your shed? E&T's new photo competition

16 September 2013

Shed-shooting - a new photo challenge for E&T readers. Is your shed a place you retire to in search of solitude and quiet? Or is it a place where you can safely pursue your creative endeavours? Share your photos with us.

What's in your shed? E&T's new photo competition

16 September 2013

Shed-shooting – a new photo challenge for E&T readers. Is your shed a place you retire to in search of solitude and quiet? Or is it a place where you can safely pursue your creative endeavours? Share your photos with us.

News analysis: Calculating the true cost of cyber-crime

28 August 2013

While governments state that cyber security is now one of their top national challenges, the overall cost-impact cyber security is incurring – both in terms of necessary investment and damaging outcomes following an attack – is far from clear.

Bridging the divide: simple software combats isolation in the developing world

22 August 2013

Charities frequently talk about building bridges with the developing world, and one NGO has been building bridges for them since 2001. But thanks to a new software tool designed by young engineers in the UK the time is in sight when they will no longer have to.

Q&A: Terry Hill, former Arup chairman

14 August 2013

E&T talks to former Arup chairman Terry Hill, who was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s President’s Medal in July 2013 in recognition of his significant and far-reaching contribution to the sector

Stanley Kubrick's prophetic vision of future technologies

12 August 2013

Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was an almost documentary vision of how engineers and scientists saw the future. As time goes on, more and more of Kubrick’s designs are becoming reality.

PhotoEssay: the built environments of SF movies

12 August 2013

Makers of science-fiction TV and movie entertainment have used both imaginary and real-life built environments to inspire their visions of what our future architecture will look like.

Technology of the future - predictably unpredictable

12 August 2013

Throughout the years predictions for the technology of the future have abounded in everything: from reports by government think-tanks to science-fiction.

Sci-fi artist Chris Foss talks through his inspirations

12 August 2013

Chris Foss is, for many, the artist who brought science fiction to life with his vivid illustrations for book covers and film.

Can a complex canal system solve Britain's water woes?

12 August 2013

Can a radical spin on the water grid save the nation from drought and slash the cost of long distance power transmission?

Data centres: six problems they are (unfairly?) blamed for

15 July 2013

Is it the data centres' fault if their technology is used in a way that throws up some contentious issues? Here are six examples showing how these 'tech satanic mills' have ended up as the scapegoats of the digital society.

Disaster prediction - can we anticipate deadly natural events?

15 July 2013

As tornadoes trigger more natural disasters, researchers worldwide are striving to predict where the next climate catastrophe will hit.

Royal Docks redevelopment - floating new ideas

17 June 2013

Could an innovative floating village breathe new life into London's Royal Docks?

Floating cities: life on the water

17 June 2013

When their homeland became submerged beneath the Indian Ocean, the Maldivians took to living on top of the water. Is this a lifestyle choice we should all explore?

Power to the people: solar energy in Africa

20 May 2013

The rural requirement for sustainable economic growth and an ever-increasing supply of energy is perhaps most pronounced in Africa. Are renewable energy technologies mature enough to meet the demand?

Taming the desert: energy out of Africa

20 May 2013

Harvesting the vast energy potential from Africa's deserts could provide a much needed boost to Europe's energy supply.

Tianjin Eco-city - blueprint for the future

11 March 2013

There is no single internationally accepted definition of an 'eco-city', but China believes it has a pretty good suggestion in Tianjin Eco-city.

Engineering Grand Challenges

11 February 2013

On 12-13 March the IET hosts a major international summit in London organised by the national engineering academies of the UK, US and China to discuss progress on 14 'grand challenges' identified five years ago by America's National Academy of Engineering. We look at what they are and how close the world is to solving them.

Classic Projects: Second Severn Crossing

11 February 2013

Three decades after the opening of the original Severn Bridge a second crossing was opened to alleviate congestion caused the huge growth in traffic streaming into Wales.


11 February 2013

Advanced technology can improve our urban infrastructure, but the heart of any city still lies with its inhabitants.

How to... save a city centre

21 January 2013

With countless high streets being slowly colonised by charity shops and discount stores, the future looks bleak for many UK town centres. Can technology provide the answer?

Building Information Modelling - DNA for buildings

21 January 2013

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the software-based method of mapping every aspect of a built structure's equivalent to DNA, from initial design and construction to refurbishments and eventual destruction.

Classic Projects: the Severn Bridge

21 January 2013

The original suspension bridge road crossing linking England and Wales at the Severn Estuary helped economic and industrial development. But the designers seriously under-estimated the growth in traffic volumes...

How to... cut traffic jams

21 January 2013

Traffic congestion is the bane of modern motorists, but mobile communications may soon be supplying the answer for the beleaguered commuter.

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