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MIT researchers found robots make the best team leaders

Robots make best bosses, study suggests

A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found that teams led by robotic managers perform the best and have the happiest workers.

The Silk Road online market place has been labelled

New charges for Silk Road creator

US prosecutors have brought new charges against the man accused of creating the underground online drug marketplace Silk Road.

Oil rigs in the Northern North Sea could start to close unless a solution to a shortage of fuel gas is found

Lack of fuel gas threatens mass North Sea rig closures

Britain’s North Sea oil industry is nearing a “production efficiency” precipice as dwindling supplies of fuel gas threaten mass rig closures.

Construction can begin on the first stage of the MeyGen tidal array project after funding was secured

Funding secured for MeyGen tidal array construction

Funding for the world largest tidal stream energy project has secured the funding needed to begin construction in Scotland.

Artist's conception of the Soyuz rocket delivering the first two Full Operational Capability Galileo satellites

Europe’s Galileo satnav system one launch closer

The first two Full Operating Capability Galileo satellites have been launched on Friday, confirming Europe’s ambition to start early operations of its own satnav system this autumn.

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Arup director Tristram Carfrae was recently awarded the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Gold Medal

Interview: Tristram Carfrae, Arup, on smarter construction and holistic design

As the world’s population increasingly flocks towards urban centres, smarter construction methods and more efficient cities are essential. E&T caught up with Tristram Carfrae, deputy chairman of Arup, to find out about the importance of a holistic view of the built environment.

Tram graphic

Scottish referendum: business opinions from both sides

On the eve of the Independence referendum we hitch an imaginary ride on one of Scotland’s engineering novelties – a Spanish-built Edinburgh tram – and take our own straw poll of what the passengers think.

Gondolas and a cruise ship in the background, Venice

Venice Flood Barrier: MOSE project keeps the sea at bay

Despite allegations of corruption, delays and overspending, the construction of the Venice Flood Barrier has an end in sight.

The npower renewables wind farm at Farr, Scotland

An independent Scotland and the renewable power industry

Scotland has a rich seam of renewables and leads the UK in alternative energy projects. What would a Yes vote in the Scottish or European referenda mean for meeting renewables targets?

Chinese mountain town

China bulldozes mountains to make way for cities

China's campaign to bulldoze mountains and create land for new cities is ambitious, even admirable, but now the world is worried.

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An infographic showing the physical forces that affect Bloodhound SSC

An infographic showing the physical forces that affect Bloodhound SSC [Credit: Access Group]

The hitch-hiking robot, hitchBOT, on Highway 17, Ontario, at the halfway point on its journey across Canada

The hitch-hiking robot, hitchBOT, on Highway 17, Ontario, at the halfway point on its journey across Canada

The BugJuggler, a 70ft-tall diesel-powered robot that uses hydraulic cylinders to juggle three VW Beetle automobiles.

The BugJuggler, a 70ft-tall diesel-powered robot that uses hydraulic cylinders to juggle three VW Beetle automobiles.

Squadrone System's Hexo, a 45-mph GoPro-compatible drone that tracks you autonomously and can film your every move.

Squadrone System's Hexo, a 45-mph GoPro-compatible drone that tracks you autonomously and can film your every move.

Eduardo Galvani's Fly Citycopter, a 120-mph futuristic helicopter with solar panels and a rechargeable electric engine.

Eduardo Galvani's Fly Citycopter, a 120-mph futuristic helicopter with solar panels and a rechargeable electric engine.

The latest products and technologies for urban development were exhibited at the Smart Community exhibition in Japan 2014 recently.

The latest products and technologies for urban development were exhibited at the Smart Community exhibition in Japan 2014 recently.

The star of the

The star of the "Electric Giraffe Project" by the South Lawn of the White House, during the first-ever Maker Faire to be held there.

The driver's view of the cockpit of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

The driver's view of the cockpit of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

The Hive-Inn, a hotel concept proposed by Hong Kong-based architects OVA Studio for the Radical Innovation Awards

The Hive-Inn, a hotel concept proposed by Hong Kong-based architects OVA Studio for the Radical Innovation Awards. 

The hotel would be composed of recycled shipping containers and the modular design allows for rooms to be traded in and out without disturbing the surrounding containers. The architects see other possibilities for Hive-Inn, e.g. for use in emergency housing, medical care units, mobile apartments or offices.

An aerial view of British fields, taken using an infrared camera by surveying company Bluesky. The Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is a graphical indicator used to assess the health of live green vegetation.

An aerial view of British fields, taken using an infrared camera by surveying company Bluesky. The Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is a graphical indicator used to assess the health of live green vegetation.

Artist Adly Syairi Ramly has transformed Lego figures into some of the world's most iconic bands, including The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam

Artist Adly Syairi Ramly has transformed Lego figures into some of the world's most iconic bands, including The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and Pearl Jam

An animatronic model of Doraemon, the intelligent robotic cat from a Japanese manga cartoon, on display at Malaysia's Doraemon Exhibition

An animatronic model of Doraemon, the intelligent robotic cat from a Japanese manga cartoon, on display at Malaysia's Doraemon Exhibition

Blogs

How Intelsat took '60s TV to new heights...

22 August 2014

Intelsat - the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation - was established 50 years ago this week, the result of agreements between perspicacious governments and a range of operating entities. Intelsat's raison d'être was to

Sorry, we can't remember it for you wholesale

20 August 2014

One assumption about the internet of things (IoT) is that it will provide gobs of data to mine and investigate over time to look for trends that would otherwise remain hidden from view. Data-mining engines will sit and crunch through the numbers at leisure in between telling other machines what is happening in real time. The reality? Joe Salvo, director of GE Global Research, says they simply won't have time.

 
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