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Plant to replace coal with tyres for fuel

A cement factory will be able to use waste tyres as an alternative source of energy after an agreement was signed with an environment agency today.

More than 50 per cent of London's public WiFi hotspots are poorly protected

Hackers can spy on Londoners as public WiFi poorly protected

Millions of users connecting every day to public WiFi networks in the UK’s capital are putting their sensitive data at risks as more than a half of those wireless hotspots use weak protection hackable by ‘every IT college student,’ world’s leading cyber security firm said.

Qualcomm has launched the industry's first 3D fingerprint scanner for mobile devices [Credit: Qualcomm]

Qualcomm unveils 3D fingerprint scanner for mobile devices

Semiconductor maker Qualcomm has unveiled the world’s first 3D fingerprint scanning technology for spoof-proof authentication at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

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Boost highly-skilled jobs in manufacturing by 2020, UK government told

Manufactures organisation EEF has called for three-quarters of jobs in the sector to be highly-skilled by 2020 to meet the increasing shortage of skills.

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People fail to see robots as alternative to care for the old

Most people are reluctant when it comes to robots’ potential to improve the quality of life for the elderly or infirm, a survey has suggested, as robots are being developed for use in hospitals.

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Barry Wilmore with the ratcheting socket wrench

3D printing for space missions

3D printing is emerging as a popular technology in the space industry, where it increases the potential to reduce spacecraft mass and cut launch costs. But will it ever be possible to print the rockets themselves?

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Met Office supercomputer: the future of weather forecasting

Will the new Met Office supercomputer, up and running later this year, improve the accuracy of weather forecasting in Britain's fickle climatic conditions?

SS Central America paddlewheel

Salvaging the wrecked ‘Ship of Gold’ using latest ROV technology

The doomed SS Central America, dubbed the ‘Ship of Gold’, had lain untouched for over two decades. Since April 2014, salvage experts have been retrieving its high-value cargo using the latest ROV and vessel technology. What secrets have they uncovered so far?

A composite of 3D images

Mobile 3D displays search for a breakthrough

Smartphone makers are trying to squeeze the third dimension into their flat slabs, but is it worth the struggle?

Robot hand holding a ball

3D printing produces amazing objects

3D printers can now produce a wide range of complex and striking structures, inspiring artists and designers to adapt their creative techniques to conjure up new sculptures and fashion accessories.

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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

Blogs

50 Grey Shades of Technology

6 March 2015

Remember the claim that e-commerce is really driven by porn sales. Today the 'legal' US adult entertainment industry in fact faces tumbling revenues. What happens next may tell us more about some of our business' future than many would like to admit.

Security: now we get it

4 March 2015

There's nothing like the power of a recent convert. And there were zealous converts aplenty at the Embedded World show in Nürnberg, Germany last week. They had a fever and the only cure was more security. The fact that the fever was diagnosed several years ago went somewhat unnoticed.

 
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Ebuyer infographic: how a hard drive works
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Is 3D printing really a benefit to innovation?

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Keith Goffin

Keith Goffin is professor of innovation and new product development at Cranfield School of Management. His books include ‘Identifying Hidden Needs: Creating Breakthrough Products’

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Andrea Kates

Andrea Kates is managing director of LaunchPad for Enterprise (LP4E.com) in California, and is a featured TED speaker and author of the best-selling business book ‘Find Your Next

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