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Scientists modified bacteria E. coli to make it produce natural propane

Gut bacteria turned biofuel producer

An international research team has engineered a harmless type of bacteria living in human intestines to make it produce renewable propane.

The plan for a four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary has been rejected by the Airports Commission

Boris Island airport scheme dropped by commission

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.

A map of the ocean currents

Garbage islands could help redefine ocean boundaries

Researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, have created a new model that could help determine who is to blame for each ocean garbage patch of floating debris.

The Ferrybridge C power station was damaged in a fire this summer putting further strain on the UK energy infrastructure

Mothballed power plants on standby for winter crisis

National Grid is to pay mothballed plants to be online this winter to prevent power cuts, it has said.

China's is unfairly targeting foreign firms in competition investigations, the American Chamber of Commerce in China says

China unfairly targets foreign firms, says lobby group

Foreign companies feel they are being unfairly targeted by Chinese anti-competition regulators according to a US business lobby group.

Features
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.

The big picture
Technicon Design's new Ixion private jet concept replaces windows with flexible screens that can display immersive, panoramic views of the outside environment on interior cabin walls and ceilings. Cameras mounted on the plane's main body and wings capture the surrounding vistas, allowing passengers a 360° view of scenery. The high-resolution, low-voltage display is powered by solar panels placed on the roof of the plane.

Technicon Design's new Ixion private jet concept replaces windows with flexible screens that can display immersive, panoramic views of the outside environment on interior cabin walls and ceilings. Cameras mounted on the plane's main body and wings capture the surrounding vistas, allowing passengers a 360° view of scenery. The high-resolution, low-voltage display is powered by solar panels placed on the roof of the plane.

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 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 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 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

Blogs

Back to work

1 September 2014

The first question the Goode father always greets me is, how is work going? To which your humble blogger always replies, which work do you mean? The tasks performed during office hours for money, or the studies and writing done for love that take up the remaining wakeful hours? Of course, he means the former since, like most other people, he's firmly of the school that considers that work can only be what's done for money. Everything else is leisure or recreation.  


Swiss company offers back bailouts

30 August 2014

In the public mind, Switzerland is known for cuckoo clocks, Swiss army knives and watches. Cliches, but also a sign that Switzerland has a long and excellent tradition of intricate mechanical craftsmanship. Of course, Swiss technology has not stood still since the early 20th century, whatever the tourist brochures say.

 
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Earth Hour infographic
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