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Pero’s Bridge in Bristol transformed by artist Nakaya's fog

17 February 2015

A 'weather conjuror', Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, has created a Fog Bridge across Bristol's harbourside to celebrate the city's status as European Green Capital 2015.

‘Smart’ CCTV cameras to detect violence ‘before it happens’

16 February 2015

‘Smart’ cameras that can automatically alert the police when fights break out in the streets are being developed by British researchers in a bid to clamp down on violence.

Tequila waste combined with recycled plastic to make wood substitute

12 February 2015

A recycling company in Mexico has combined reusable plastic and tequila waste to create a new building material with grater resistance to be used as framework for benches, tables or chairs.

Straw houses go on sale

09 February 2015

The first straw houses in the UK have been put up for sale in the open market this week in Bristol, and could cut heating bills by 90 per cent.

Canary Wharf to get 'smarter' with tech competition

26 January 2015

Cognicity Challenge has selected 12 companies to take part in its smart city competition for the opportunity to implement innovative solutions in London’s Canary Wharf.

Street lamp fully powered by wind and sun

20 January 2015

Spanish researchers have developed the world’s first street lamp powered solely by solar and wind energy.

John Laing plans initial public offering

19 January 2015

Infrastructure investment firm John Laing has announced plans to list on the London stock market to raise about £130m for new investment and US expansion.

Underwater observatory to monitor organisms during typhoons

08 January 2015

A new underwater observatory has been launched to monitor with advanced technology what happens underwater with small organisms during a typhoon, it has been announced.

Ethiopian dam project to double energy output

02 January 2015

A delayed dam project along an Ethiopian river worth $1.8bn could be generating power by June and nearly doubling the country’s energy output, according to officials.  

Engineering and technology top news in 2014

24 December 2014

What a tumultuous year 2014 has been. E&T News has put together a timeline with this year’s most memorable events in engineering and technology, good and bad.

2014 engineering and technology highlights and what about 2015?

23 December 2014

Smartphones becoming 'remote controls' of our lives, the dawn of driverless cars, the Heartbleed software vulnerability and smart thermostats pave the way for engaged consumers – we asked IET experts what were the most significant engineering and technology trends of 2014 and what to expect from the upcoming year.

Japan maglev construction begins

19 December 2014

Central Japan Railway Company has started to build the stations for a magnetic-levitation rail line between the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya, which is expected to open in 2027.

Fuel cell power plant keeps lights on in German ministry complex

12 December 2014

The first fuel cell power plant in Germany has been launched powering the offices of the country’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Intel to help turn Canary Wharf into London's smartest district

05 December 2014

London’s pioneering smart city project has teamed up with tech giant Intel to help start-ups turn Canary Wharf into the UK capital’s smartest neighbourhood.

CBI calls for infrastructure and R&D support in Autumn Statement

24 November 2014

Infrastructure investment and encouraging innovation should be the key focus of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, according to the CBI.

Telescopic elevator buffer paves way for 1km skyscrapers

21 November 2014

The world’s largest elevator buffers have been certified, paving the way for building skyscrapers of up to 1km heights.

New York’s largest transport hub opens to the public

10 November 2014

New York’s biggest underground terminus will open to the public this morning following a decade-long infrastructure project.

Flexible photovoltaic cloth wins solar industry Oscar

07 November 2014

A photovoltaic textile material that can be used to cover non-load-bearing roofs has been named the best solar tech innovation of 2014.

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.

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