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Alternative fuel transport projects given £80m grant boost

Fuel cell vans and the next generation of electric and hybrid buses are among the latest to receive money from a £1bn funding pot to ensure the UK car industry is at the top of its game.

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Party leaders have their say on science and engineering

Party leaders indicated in open letters on Friday what they will do for engineering and science ahead of publishing their manifestos in April in the run up to the general election.

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport was affected by a major power cut that caused traffic disruption in parts of the Netherlands

Amsterdam grinds to halt due to major power cut

A major power outage has hit the Dutch capital Amsterdam and surrounding areas, disrupting operations at Schiphol Airport and halting trains and trams.

Facebook said it flew it's Internet-delivering drone in the UK

Facebook’s secret drone test flight in the UK

Facebook has completed the first test flight of its unmanned aircraft designed to deliver Internet to remote areas, the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed.

Foldable wing design for drones inspired by nature

Bioinspired foldable wings to prevent drone collisions

Stanford University researchers have designed innovative drone wings inspired by those of birds and bats that would allow aircraft to efficiently avoid in-flight collisions.

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Using the Internet to control autonomous robots performing human surgery is just one of the possible applications of the tactile Internet

Tactile internet: 5G and the Cloud on steroids

What if the Internet could tickle yet another of your senses, not just eyes and ears but also touch? With the data rates of mobile broadband soaring, cutting-edge scientists are starting to build the tactile Internet.

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CERN's Large Hadron Collider: restarting the Big Bang Machine

Scientists are preparing to switch on CERN's upgraded Large Hadron Collider before the end of March. The reboot will let them smash protons with much more punch.

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Microcanning takes craft beer by storm

Canned beer’s bad rep among beer aficionados is changing fast, thanks to the eager adoption by innovative craft brewers of new microcanning technologies

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Immigration: the problem for engineering

Few topics have been as hotly debated in the run up to the UK General Election as immigration. Is the country threatened by an influx of lazy scroungers, or are foreign workers the solution to skills shortages?

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Is democracy bad for engineering?

Does an ability to head to the polls every five years push the UK behind in the race for engineering and innovation?

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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

The New Born Fame cot mobile enables a baby to post pictures of itself to Facebook and Twitter whenever it plays with the device

The New Born Fame cot mobile enables a baby to post pictures of itself to Facebook and Twitter whenever it plays with the device

Margot Krasojevic's Hydroelectric Tidal House, a concept house designed to harness the power of waves

Margot Krasojevic's Hydroelectric Tidal House, a concept house designed to harness the power of waves

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What's so special about us?

28 March 2015

Specialisation is one of those tricks of nature that's proved so spectacularly successful it just has to be repeated, over and over again. And it's one we humans have adopted in grand style. In just about every area of human endeavour - not least engineering - specialisation has proved a powerhouse driving growth, development and prosperity. But as we all know, the danger with power is that it can be used to destroy, as well as to construct.


How do you sleep?

27 March 2015

It's almost the point at which Moore's Law turns 50. For those decades the assumption is that everyone wants faster and cheaper. But the design requirements are changing. Low energy is quickly moving to the top of the list of requirements. Even for 5G, where the push is for low latency to support the 'tactile internet', power is an issue, with companies such as Ericsson saying an ultralean design will be needed for basestations and support infrastructure to stop power going out of control.

 
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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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Profile: Guy Clapperton

Guy Clapperton is author of several books on social media and other digital comms issues, as well as a public speaker and commentator on technology

The recent sales slowdown heralds the end for the tablet computer

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