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The wing part found on Reunion was covered with barnacles that could provide clues about its origin

Barnacles could help solve MH370 mystery

Barnacles could help solve the MH370 mystery, as scientists said chemical analysis of their shells could help retrace the journey of a wing part discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean last week. 

Nasa is developing space exploration drones that could reach where rovers can't

Nasa developing space exploration drones

Nasa engineers are developing a Martian quadcopter designed to fly in the Red Planet’s thin atmosphere and gather samples from sites inaccessible to rovers. 

Canada was a piece of cake but America cost hitchBot its life

HitchBOT robot ‘killed’ in Philadelpia on first US visit

HitchBOT the hitch-hiking robot - famous for its cross-Canada trip last year - has been found with its head and limbs severed just two weeks into its first US adventure.

German researchers have created a motion-controlled car seat

Gesture-controlled driver’s seat to relieve back problems

A driver’s seat that adjusts its shape and position by the wave of a hand to provide the best ergonomic support for every driver has been developed by German researchers.

US President Barack Obama wants to leave a green legacy behind

Obama unveils ambitious emission reduction plan

A new plan of US President Barack Obama to tackle climate change includes slashing emission from the power sector by ambitious 32 per cent as well as a more aggressive shift towards renewables. 

Features
A surfer, surfing at Wavegarden, Spain

Surfing the new wave: artificial pools hang ten

This summer you no longer need to live on the coast if you want to experience the waves and get surfing: commercial wave pools have got bigger and better and are markedly safer than the unpredictable sea swell. But is there any comparison to the real thing?

E-ELT mammoth telescope, Chile

Mega-telescopes sprouting in Chile and Hawaii

Bigger is better, at least when it comes to peering into the infinity of space. Now three teams of astronomers are in a race to build the three largest telescopes in the world.

A drone hovering over molten magma

Volcano secrets unlocked with robots and drones

Exactly 200 years after the biggest recorded volcanic eruption in history, scientists are using robots and UAVs to unlock the secrets of today’s volcanoes.

An older style radio

FM radio shutdown: end of the road for analogue?

As Norway prepares to shut down FM radio in 2017, will the UK follow suit?

Three Gorges Dam

Is China’s hydroelectric revolution as green as it sounds?

China is pursuing an ambitious programme of hydroelectric expansion, with a series of ‘mega-dams’ on the way even bigger than the controversial Three Gorges project. But are there signs that this kind of hydropower might actually make climate change even worse?

    A drone flying over a flock of sheep

    Agricultural drones: the new farmers' market  ET arr

    More and more drones are skittering through rural skies, taking snapshots of the fields and providing farmers with various data about the soil and crops. Are they really necessary or just the latest gadget craze?

    A fireman dealing with a bush fire

    Firefighting technology: engineering's burning issue  ET arr

    There is no shortage of concepts for new firefighting technology, but the need for practicality and affordability means that many of the most intriguing never get beyond the drawing board

    The BAR team

    America’s Cup 2017: BAR gets ready for early rounds  ET arr

    Land Rover BAR is all set to mount the British challenge for the America’s Cup in 2017. However, for the Portsmouth-based company, engineering development and preliminary racing are already well under way.

    Hanford located on the Columbia River

    Manhattan Project: nuclear power 70 years after Hiroshima  ET arr

    It's 70 years since two devastating atomic bombs forced Japan's surrender and ended the Second World War. The energy in atoms has since been harnessed for peaceful ends, but an isolated Manhattan Project site shows both the promise of nuclear power and the limits of our ability to cope with it.

    65-metre Galactica Star

    Superyachts: building a floating palace  ET arr

    Superyachts are the ultimate status symbol that only the world’s richest people could ever dream of owning. Heesen’s boatyard in Oss in the Netherlands shows us how they are built and what you get for €75 million.

The big picture
 Part of the Les Paul Memorabilia Exhibit on show at The Hard Rock Cafe, New York City, ahead of the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Celebrations beginning on June 9 2015 in Times Square

The Les Paul memorabilia exhibit on display at The Hard Rock Cafe, New York City - part of the Les Paul 100th anniversary celebrations

A boy rides his bicycle past a collapsed house after Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

A boy rides his bicycle past a collapsed house after Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

The face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stared back at Billy Harley, owner of the Uig Hotel, Isle of Skye, from inside the tree trunk Harley was chopping to make firewood for the bar of his hotel

The face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stared back at Billy Harley, owner of the Uig Hotel, Isle of Skye, from inside the tree trunk Harley was chopping to make firewood for the bar of his hotel

One view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma, which monitors conditions in the middle of the Amazon forest

One view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma, which monitors conditions in the middle of the Amazon forest

A 5mm-square nano-sized Bible on a semiconductor. The tiny Bible contains the original Greek version of the New Testament

A 5mm-square nano-sized Bible on a semiconductor. The tiny Bible contains the original Greek version of the New Testament

Viktorija Pashuta, a photographer from Latvia, imagines what social networks would look like if humanised

Viktorija Pashuta, a photographer from Latvia, imagines what social networks would look like if humanised

The 40-seater Bio-Bus, the UK's first bus powered by gas generated from food waste and human sewage

The 40-seater Bio-Bus, the UK's first bus powered by gas generated from food waste and human sewage

Control your drinking this Christmas with the literal half pint glass, available from web retailers www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

Control your drinking this Christmas with the literal half pint glass, available from web retailers www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

Bionic Boots, developed by Keahi Seymour from Solihull, UK. Inspired by the stride of an ostrich, high-tensile springs imitate the achilles of those animals to allow any human to run at approximately 25mph

Bionic Boots, developed by Keahi Seymour from Solihull, UK. Inspired by the stride of an ostrich, high-tensile springs imitate the achilles of those animals to allow any human to run at approximately 25mph

Sculptor Olaf Holzapfel's installation 'Drei Bruecken' ('Three bridges') in the forest near Dresden, Germany.   The piece is in response to the topic, 'Technik und Landschaft' ('Technology and countryside').

Sculptor Olaf Holzapfel's installation 'Drei Bruecken' ('Three bridges') in the forest near Dresden, Germany. 

The piece is in response to the topic, 'Technik und Landschaft' ('Technology and countryside').

A model of a suspended monorail system on display at the 2014 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China

A model of a suspended monorail system on display at the 2014 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China

Blogs

When textiles get a tech makeover

3 August 2015

Friends this is my first full-fledged post on textiles, as I'm otherwise caught up with blogs on entrepreneurs or R&D. Can't help it. Anyway, the warp and the weft of textiles caught my attention all thanks to a newspaper announcement. This announcement from the Maharashtra Government, textile department and industries department invites potential textile industrialists to invest in a Mega Textile Park at Nandgaon Peth in Amravati district.

Power station politics

3 August 2015

Sweden is usually thought of as one of the most prosperous countries in Europe, if not the world, but you a different Sweden in its far less urbanised northern half, one of the least densely populated regions in Europe.

 
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Debate

Was the Humans TV series any good?

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Profile: Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick is well known for his research in cybernetics. He is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University and author of ‘Artificial Intelligence: the Basics

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Against

Profile: David Wood

David Wood is chair at London Futurists and former CTO at Accenture Mobility. He has featured in T3’s list of ‘100 most influential people in technology.’

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