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Hitchhiking robot started his journey across Canada from Halifax - will he get from the west to the east coast in one piece?

Hitchhiking robot sets out for cross-Canada trip

A hitchhiking robot has set out for a journey across Canada on Sunday, aiming to get from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

Europe's biggest airports each consume as much energy as a small city

Software to cut carbon footprint of airports

European engineers are testing a new software and sensor system to make heating, lighting and air-conditioning in Europe’s power-hungry airports more energy efficient.

Labour peers have suggested the Government's commitment to the HS3 project may wane after the election

Government’s commitment to HS3 questioned

The Government’s commitment to a proposed HS3 high-speed rail link spanning the north of England has been questioned in the Lords.

The EU antitrust authority has approved Apple's acquisition of headphone maker Beats

EU approves Apple’s acquisition of Beats

The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3bn (£1.77bn) acquisition of headphone maker and music streaming business Beats.

A breakthrough in battery design could allow engineers to use lightweight lithium as an anode material

‘Holy Grail’ of lithium battery anode a step closer

Engineers have achieved ‘the Holy Grail’ of battery design by using carbon nanospheres to create a stable pure lithium anode.

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A bee with a tracking device attached to it

Tracking wildlife: how scientists monitor endangered species

Wildlife reserves have historically allowed scientists to keep track of endangered species on the ground. But how do we monitor wildlife that flies or swims?

Formula E car

Formula E to test the limits of electric transport

Ten cities around the world will play host to an experiment to use racing to push electric vehicle design as Formula E takes to the streets later this year.

A bucket full of cane toads

Invasive species: how ICT helps tackle the aliens

Not all of the many hundreds of species designated ‘invasive’ have detrimental impacts on their adopted environments, but a lot of them do. Now the unintended consequences of globalisation are exacerbating the problem. Can information and communications technology help track the challenges?

Two rhinoceros

Wildlife monitoring: should UAV drones be banned?

As UAVs become more widely used by conservationists, some countries are trying to ban them on ethical grounds.

The E-Fan all-electric demonstrator flies above Farnborough International Airshow earlier this week

Green skies ahead: charting a course to sustainable aviation

In aviation better fuel efficiency reduces both emissions and the single largest cost to the industry, but the sector is still looking for a game changer that could realise the dream of cheap green air travel.

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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

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

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

Blogs

Here in your car do you feel safest of all?

24 July 2014

Fed up with traffic going by your house? If the automotive industry doesn't sort out security on vehicles, you will have an easy way of clearing the road thanks to new technologies such as car-to-car communication.

The Unusual Hotels Competition

24 July 2014

As I write these lines, the laser-like rays of the morning sun are bursting through the curtains of my garden office windows. Reflected in my computer screen, they blind me from time to time and distract from writing this column.

 
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