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Fugro Discovery has joined the hunt for missing MH370

Second ship joins renewed MH370 hunt

A survey ship operated by Dutch firm Fugro has arrived to the area identified as the most likely resting place of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to join the renewed search operation.

China is stepping up its efforts to start exporting its high-speed train technology with its second train maker joining a Californian tender

Second Chinese high-speed train maker to bid in California’s tender

China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation (CSR) will enter the competition to supply high-speed trains for the newly built rail link in California.

Coal: big in Poland

Green energy ambitions for 2030 under pressure at EU summit

EU leaders hoping to establish the next decade of climate and energy policy are facing an uphill struggle against certain nations threatening to block a deal.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to tax Internet usage

Hungary to tax Internet data transfers

Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late yesterday showed.

Hitachi's fused silica glass storage disk reading process

Hitachi achieves read/write on 100 layer fused silica glass

Hitachi has successfully written and read digital data in 100 layers of fused silica glass – a recording density comparable to a Blu-ray disc.

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E-Fan electric plane in flight

Electric aircraft take off, as Europe leads the way

Europe appears to be leading the charge for electric aircraft propulsion, but a number of technological hurdles remain.

Renault Next Two prototype

Car safety and the digital dashboard

As car designers compete to pack more electronics into their vehicles, they are also having to focus on the issues of safety and security.

Antarctica and its resident penguin community

Antarctica: the changing face of the White Continent

As ice thickness decreases and international agreements come up for renewal, the future of Antarctica could shift in emphasis from conservation to mineral exploration, while science is in danger of being pushed back to make way for more tourism.

Maria and Giuseppe Fidecaro inside the spark chamber, 1963

60 years of CERN: the nuclear heart of Europe

CERN, the organisation that runs the world's largest particle physics laboratory, turned 60 last month. Its efforts to unravel the mysteries of the universe are well documented, but the pioneering role of the engineers and computer scientists supporting the physics is sometimes overlooked.

Screen shot from Gravity

Digital visual effects: shaping the next cinematic experience

As the high-end computing resources needed to generate eye-popping on-screen effects become more available the VFX industry is playing an ever bigger part in shaping the cinematic experience.

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Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's river-barge HippopoThames sculpture, a follow-up to his giant Rubber Duck (still on its floating world tour)

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's river-barge HippopoThames, a follow-up to his giant Rubber Duck (still on its floating world tour)

The world's fastest pick-up truck: a customised 1947 Chevrolet 3100 powered by a V8 6-litre 820bhp engine for a top speed of 200mph

The world's fastest pick-up truck: a customised 1947 Chevrolet 3100 with a V8 6-litre 820bhp engine for a top speed of 200mph

Korean artist Do Ho Suh's translucent fabric recreation of his apartment, using sheer coloured polyester fabric and stainless steel tubing

Korean artist Do Ho Suh's translucent fabric recreation of his apartment, using coloured polyester fabric and stainless steel tubing

A 3D-printed electric guitar by New Zealand's ODD Guitars, part of an exhibition at the National Guitar Museum New Jersey, USA

A 3D-printed electric guitar by New Zealand's ODD Guitars, part of an exhibition at the National Guitar Museum New Jersey, USA

The 'Athlete's Plane', a concept designed by Teague with Nike, to explore the effects of air travel on professional athletes

The 'Athlete's Plane', a concept designed by Teague with Nike, to explore the effects of air travel on professional athletes

A traditional London telephone box has been transformed into a solar-powered mobile phone charger, free to use for the general public

A traditional London telephone box has been transformed into a solar-powered mobile phone charger, free to use for the general public

'The Stained Glass, Driverless, Sleeper Car of the Future', by London-based designer Dominic Wilcox, on display at the 'Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: The Future of Mobility’ exhibition at designjunction, London

'The Stained Glass, Driverless, Sleeper Car of the Future', by London-based designer Dominic Wilcox, on display at the 'Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: The Future of Mobility’ exhibition at designjunction, London

A five-storey modular home clings to the side of a cliff in this conceptual design by Australian architects Modscape.

A five-storey modular home clings to the side of a cliff in this conceptual design by Australian architects Modscape.

On the eve of Scotland's historic moment, an ambitious art installation has used the latest 3D projection mapping techniques to turn an entire West Lothian farm tartan.

On the eve of Scotland's historic moment, an ambitious art installation has used the latest 3D projection mapping techniques to turn an entire West Lothian farm tartan.

Ptolemy Elrington collects lost hub caps from Britain's roadsides and turns them into animal sculptures worth up to £3,000

Ptolemy Elrington collects lost hub caps from Britain's roadsides and turns them into animal sculptures worth up to £3,000

Skateboarder Bob Burnquist and his design team created this skate ramp, weighing 7,300 lbs, that now floats on Lake Tahoe in California

Skateboarder Bob Burnquist and his team created this ramp, weighing 7,300 lbs, that now floats on Lake Tahoe in California

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.

Blogs

Nokia - so much more than what's in a name

23 October 2014

So, Microsoft is to kill off the Nokia brand in mobile phones - at least on its own kit. It's amazing in some ways that the news does not come as much of a surprise.

'Phantom' submarines stalk Baltic waters

22 October 2014

We all need something to laugh at sometimes, and the Swedish navy has provided it. By sounding the alarm for a Russian submarine in waters outside Stockholm and then failing to find it.

 
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