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Cyber-security guidelines for safer buildings

05 November 2014

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned about risks related to modern Internet-connected buildings and launched new guidelines to help owners protect their assets against hackers.

World's first white solar panels promise ‘nicer’ roofs

28 October 2014

Swiss researchers hoping to increase the appeal of photovoltaics to architects and consumers who have been rejecting the technology for aesthetic reasons have developed technology to make white and coloured solar panels.

Spanish city tests acoustic sensors in EU future internet project

23 October 2014

The city of Santander in Spain has turned itself into an experimental research facility, SmartSantander, as part of an EU future internet concept. The city is the test bed for EAR-IT’s outdoor applications: traffic-flow monitoring at a junction near the city’s hospital and analysis of the traffic density on two city streets.

Climate change adaption rising concern for EU countries

14 October 2014

Countries across Europe are beginning to look at adapting to climate change in the face of recent extreme weather conditions, a study has found.

TV white space trial to provide flood warning

14 October 2014

Wireless sensors will use gaps in the TV spectrum to connect to an early-warning system for flood-prone areas in Oxfordshire.

Smart waste collection service launched in Spain

07 October 2014

A smart waste management service employing sensors that collect real-time data on rubbish bin levels is helping optimise collection schedules in Spain.

Resilience work on Dawlish railway underway

30 September 2014

Work has begun to boost the resilience of the Dawlish sea wall that was breached in February, cutting off south-west England’s only rail connection for two months.

New testing site to improve building materials of the future

24 September 2014

Building materials of the future can now be tested in real weather conditions for the first time in the UK – thanks to the opening of a new facility in Swindon.

Scottish shipyard expansion tender to open next week

19 September 2014

Proposals for a £200m state-of-the-art facility at a BAE Systems shipyard in Scotland will be put out to tender next week.

Futuristic new airport for Mexico City

04 September 2014

A futuristic new airport designed by a British architect will ease delays and boost capacity in Mexico’s capital after gaining approval from the government.

Boris Island airport scheme dropped by commission

02 September 2014

Plans for a major new airport in the Thames Estuary backed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson have been rejected by a government-appointed commission.

Egypt confirms army to help develop Suez Canal area

19 August 2014

Egypt has confirmed rumours that a consortium including the Egyptian army will develop an industrial and logistics hub in the Suez Canal area.

Manufacturers call for permanent infrastructure authority

18 August 2014

A permanent infrastructure authority is vital to improve long-term strategic planning of key transport and energy projects, according to manufacturers.

Egypt to build new channel alongside Suez Canal

05 August 2014

Egypt will build a new channel alongside the Suez Canal to expand trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

Ferrybridge power station tower collapses in fire

01 August 2014

A blaze broke out at the Ferrybridge C Power Station yesterday causing one of its towers to partially collapse.

Construction starts on world's first ‘vertical cable car’

29 July 2014

Building work has started on the world's first ‘vertical cable car’ observation tower, designed by the architects who created the London Eye.

HS2-inspired redevelopment project launched

21 July 2014

A huge redevelopment in Birmingham around the HS2 project, creating 14,000 jobs, 2,000 homes and worth up to £1.3bn a year to the economy has been announced by the Government today.

Route of $40bn Nicaraguan canal approved

08 July 2014

The route for a $40bn canal across Nicaragua designed to rival Panama’s has been given the seal of approval by a government committee.

Pre-fabricated earthquake resistant bridge columns

02 July 2014

A new design for the framework of columns and beams that support bridges could speed construction and reduce earthquake damage.

Insulation laying robot gets funds to commercialise

02 July 2014

A company that has designed a robot for applying insulation underneath flooring in old houses has received funding to commercialise its idea.

France offers India €1bn for infrastructure development

01 July 2014

France has offered a €1bn credit line to India to help fund the country’s sustainable and urban development projects.

IET Digital Library launches flexible access scheme

27 June 2014

The IET has launched a new flexible way to access over 190,000 technical documents in its Digital Library.

Nest opens technology to third-party developers

24 June 2014

Third-party developers can now get their hands on the technology behind the Google-owned smart thermostat company Nest.

Driverless trains and robotic repairs are future of rail, says report

24 June 2014

Autonomous robots repairing rail infrastructure, driverless trains and ticketless journeys will be the face of train travel by the middle of the century, according to a report.

High-tech air-conditioning to help preserve Vatican artwork

18 June 2014

A new cutting edge air-conditioning and ventilation system will be installed in the Vatican Museum to help protect precious Sistine Chapel frescoes.

Third of new homes exempt from ‘zero-carbon’ standard

13 June 2014

More than a third of new homes could be exempt from the Government’s ‘zero-carbon’ homes standard, following plans outlined in last week's Queen’s Speech.

Modi fast-tracks Indian defence and energy projects

13 June 2014

India’s new government kicked into gear this week clearing billions of pounds worth of long-delayed defence and energy projects.

Smart transport innovation centre opened

12 June 2014

A new innovation centre designed to boost the development of smart transport technology has been opened by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Queen’s Speech tackles fracking and ‘zero-carbon’ homes

04 June 2014

New support for fracking and a watering down of requirements to make new homes "zero-carbon" have been announced in the Queen's Speech.

Arup’s ‘smart balls’ bring built environment into digital age

03 June 2014

Engineering consultancy group Arup has unveiled a new installation, the winner of its annual No.8@Arup Competition, aiming to pave the way for the built environment to take advantage of digital technology.

Perfect sound absorber defies logic

30 May 2014

Spanish researchers have developed a new device that enables complete absorption of sound at a wide range of frequencies

IET Innovation Awards open for entries

28 May 2014

A search for the world’s best innovations in science, engineering and technology has been launched today by the IET.

Noiseless shell-shaped wind turbine for households unveiled

27 May 2014

A super-efficient and completely soundless wind turbine developed by a Dutch company aims to enable every household to generate its own wind energy.

World Cup atmosphere lights up

23 May 2014

World Cup fans will be able to catch all the action clearly thanks to advanced pitch lighting installed at match venues around Brazil.

Budget airlines terminal opens at KLIA

22 May 2014

The world’s biggest passenger air terminal for low-cost carriers has opened for operations at Kuala Lumpur International Airport after a delay of one year.

Huge sculpture for Heathrow’s newest terminal

22 May 2014

A sculpture at Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2 is set to become one of the most viewed artworks in Britain, seen by 20 million passengers a year. The Queen’s Terminal opens for service on 2 June.

Factory output grows at fastest pace in four years

09 May 2014

Factory output in the UK grew at its fastest pace since 2010 during the first quarter of 2014 and the trade deficit narrowed.

Balfour Beatty boss steps down after profit warning

06 May 2014

The head of infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has stepped down after the firm warned its 2014 profits would be significantly lower than expected.

Phosphorescent trees to reduce city energy consumption

31 March 2014

Light absorbing substances sprayed on houses, trees and roads could enable cities to use phosphorescent light instead of electricity-powered lamps to reduce energy consumption.

World must adapt to climate reality, says IPCC report

31 March 2014

A clean industrial revolution has been urged in the wake of the publication of a major report on the impacts of climate change.

Slideshow: EPSRC photography competition winners

31 March 2014

A picture of a joke-telling robot that can tailor its stand-up routine in real time has won the EPSRC photography competition.

Budget: Flood defence funds a ‘sticking plaster’

19 March 2014

Provisions for flood defence investment in today’s Budget have been branded a ‘sticking plaster’ by an engineering body.

Hong Kong eyes expansion through ‘reclaimed’ island

11 March 2014

Hong Kong is mulling over building an artificial island that could create a new commercial district and incorporate transport links from the main Hong Kong island to its outlying islands.

Radar could be used to predict sinkholes

07 March 2014

Radar could be used to predict the appearance of sinkholes, according to new analyses of Nasa airborne radar data.

Low carbon innovation deal signed by China and UK

06 March 2014

A £20m partnership to develop novel low-carbon technologies has been signed by the UK and China.

New engineering prize for African researchers

06 March 2014

A new engineering prize for universities and research institutions in sub-Saharan African countries has been launched by RAEng.

'Nobel Prize' for engineers opens for nominations

04 March 2014

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has opened for nominations today while pledging to attract more girls and young women to technical disciplines.

Knowledge economy could boost UK high streets by £30 million

04 March 2014

The Future Spaces Foundation has estimated that towns and cities could be boosted by up to £30 million through realising knowledge economy opportunities.

Scrapping HS2 of little benefit to conventional rail

03 March 2014

Claims that scrapping the HS2 high-speed rail project would see its £42.6bn budget redirected to conventional rail are wide of the mark.

Offshore wind farms could limit hurricane damage

27 February 2014

Offshore wind farms could help to weaken hurricanes before they make landfall, according to a new study.