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A new robotic system will take the burden of monotonous tasks in aircraft manufacturing off the shoulders of engineers and technicians

Robots to take over dull tasks in aircraft manufacturing

A pan-European research team is developing a mobile robotic system that could assist engineers and technicians in aircraft assembly.

The seabed of the Zenith Plateau in the southern Indian Ocean is deeper than the Bluefin-21 drone can dive

Flight MH370: Ocean too deep for unmanned submarine

The Bluefin 21 autonomous submarine was forced to halt its first mission to search for the MH370 wreckage as it dived deeper than its design limit allows.

Google's new terms of service now include a paragraph stating that it scans users emails for advertising purposes

Google admits it scans emails to tailor adverts

Google has admitted that incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analysed by software to create targeted ads.

Smart socket fitting could increase comfort of amputees

Intelligent liner to relieve amputee discomfort

An intelligent liner designed to improve fitting of prosthetic legs will help relieve pain of NHS patients.

The cookstove gives off much less smoke than an open fire

Nairobi working on innovations for Africa

Philips is setting up an Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, to work on projects tailored to the needs of the continent.

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Intelligent grids, renewable energy and smart appliances: keeping the lights on

Intelligent grids, unstable inputs of renewable energy and smart appliances. Are these the tools that we will use to help avoid future blackouts and keep the lights on?

A house with solar panels

Smart meters: too little, too late?

Will smart meters be enough to help us keep the lights on and unlock energy savings in our homes?

A pendant LED surrounded by broken filament bulbs

Where now for the LED domestic market?

The lighting industry got its fingers burnt trying to persuade householders to replace incandescent bulbs. Can the transition to LED lighting be smoother?

Charging points in Beckton, East London, have been involved in the smart charging study [Credit: UK Power Networks]

Electric vehicles plug in to London: getting the grid ready

With the uptake of electric vehicles steadily increasing, grid operators have to face the challenge of making the power networks plug-in car ready before too many drivers choose to go green.

Professor Mark Maslin

Climate change: engineering a solution

Following the spring floods in the south-west of England, in a rare interview, leading climatologist Professor Mark Maslin discusses the role of the engineer in the fight against global warming.

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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

African migrants near Djibouti City trying to get a phone signal from nearby Somalia. The photo by John Stanmeyer won the 2014 World Press Photo award

African migrants near Djibouti City trying to get a phone signal from nearby Somalia. The photo by John Stanmeyer won the 2014 World Press Photo award

A Skoda Yeti Outdoor car, frozen in ice in Covent Garden to mark the model's launch. Members of the public are invited to guess the combined weight of the car inside the ice: whoever guesses correctly will drive away with the brand-new vehicle.

A Skoda Yeti Outdoor car, frozen in ice in Covent Garden to mark the model's launch. Members of the public are invited to guess the combined weight of the car inside the ice: whoever guesses correctly will drive away with the brand-new vehicle.

The Zero Carbon Foods project is growing herbs, shoots, vegetables and salad leaves in an abandoned WWII bomb shelter underneath London's streets

The Zero Carbon Foods project is growing herbs, shoots, vegetables and salad leaves in an abandoned WWII bomb shelter underneath London's streets

Canine film fans at the first-ever dog-friendly cinema event, in which 20 dogs donned 3D glasses for a screening of Mr Peabody & Sherman, a film about a super-intelligent talking dog. The customers enjoyed popcorn boxes filled with doggy treats and bowls of water at Vue Entertainment in Acton, London

Canine film fans at the first-ever dog-friendly cinema event, in which 20 dogs donned 3D glasses for a screening of Mr Peabody & Sherman, a film about a super-intelligent talking dog. The customers enjoyed popcorn boxes filled with doggy treats and bowls of water at Vue Entertainment in Acton, London

A 39m tall teapot-shaped building in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi. The design is derived from Yixing clay teapots
A 39m tall teapot-shaped building in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi. The design is derived from Yixing clay teapots
Dogs wearing

Dogs wearing "smart" kimonos fitted with RFID tags for tracking purposes attend the new year ceremony at the Ichigayahachiman shrine in Tokyo, Japan 

Hungarian designer Gusztav Szikszai's Ring Clock, worn on the finger, which has LED digits that light up when twisted slightly

Hungarian designer Gusztav Szikszai's Ring Clock, worn on the finger, which has LED digits that light up when twisted slightly

A pair of harbour seals wearing satellite linked transmitters on their heads

Two harbour seals wearing satellite linked transmitters on their heads in the waters of Howe Sound in Porteau Cove, British Columbia. The seals had received months of care at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre after being rescued from the wild. Wearing the transmitters will help track their movements after their release.

Momir Bojic's hand-built, intricately detailed woodwork VW Beetle - all wood, from bonnet to gearstick

Momir Bojic's hand-built, intricately detailed woodwork VW Beetle - all wood, from bonnet to gearstick

A 3D-printed liquid metal Ford Torino car by American artist Ioan Florea

A 3D-printed liquid metal Ford Torino car by American artist Ioan Florea 

Blogs

TGV: No Longer High-Speed?

14 April 2014

I am saddened to inform you, my dear readers, that I am not longer in love with "Madame Chemins de Fer", or - more prosaically - Ms French Railways, or - even more prosaically - Comrade SNCF (French National Railway Company).

ECJ rejects controversial data retention law

13 April 2014

Tony Blair was unpopular in large parts of Brussels, for his role in getting Britain involved in the controversial Iraq war and splitting European foreign policy right down the middle.

 
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Debate

Debate: Are smartphones posing a threat to the DSLR market?

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Smartphone cameras pose a serious threat to the DSLR market

Founder and editor of Wild Planet Photo magazine

Profile: Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is the founder and editor of Wild Planet Photo magazine, the world’s first monthly eMagazine devoted entirely to wildlife photography. He is a former editor of Amateur Photographer and the founder of Outdoor Photography.

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Smartphone cameras do not pose a serious threat to the DSLR market

Editor of Outdoor Photography magazine

Profile: Steve Watkins

Steve Watkins is the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, a professional photographer and author, and an avid follower of tech gadgets.

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