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Construction of the T pylon test line has commenced at National Grid's training academy in Nottinghamshire

T pylon test line construction launched in Nottinghamshire

Construction of the T pylon test line has commenced at the precincts of National Grid’s Eakring Academy in Nottinghamshire – a major step towards the introduction of the innovative support structures into UK’s high voltage electricity grid.

Airbus will invest £100m into development of new technology to build aircraft wings

Airbus unveils £100m investment into aircraft wing research

Europe’s aircraft manufacturer Airbus will invest £100m into research and development of new systems and technologies for building aircraft wings.

Oleo has built a 33m test tower in Coventry to test its telescopic elevator buffers

Telescopic elevator buffer paves way for 1km skyscrapers

The world’s largest elevator buffers have been certified, paving the way for building skyscrapers of up to 1km heights.

Inventor James Dyson says he would vote to leave the EU but wants immigration rules relaxed for skilled workers

Dyson to invest £1bn in 100 new products

Inventor Sir James Dyson has pledged to spend £1bn on the research and development of 100 new products over the next four years.

Electric cars have failed to convince consumers

Only 1 per cent of new car buyers would consider going electric

Only 1 per cent of people looking for new cars would consider an electric one and only 13 per cent are interested in a hybrid, according to a survey.

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Turing's questions graphic

The Turing Test: brain-inspired computing's multiple-path approach

How closely do we need electronics to impersonate the brain before it can pass the Turing Test?

Left to right from top: Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Michelangelo, Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, Steve Jobs, Alexander Bell, Pierre Curie

Was Alan Turing dyslexic?

Some commentators think Alan Turing was dyslexic, some say autistic. In any case his life and his genius remain sources of inspiration for engineers and all those who defy discrimination and prejudice.

Alan Turing

The Imitation Game: the author of the book of the film

The Turing biopic, The Imitation Game, is based on the classic biography 'Alan Turing: the Enigma'. We talk to its author Andrew Hodges, fellow and tutor in mathematics at Wadham College, University of Oxford. 

Red and green zebra pattern

Turing's morphogenesis theory drives research into self-configuring systems

Alan Turing's ideas on morphogenesis are helping scientists to develop ways to make complex materials build themselves.

‘Mars yard’, Stevenage, UK, Earth

Europe's next shot to land on Mars

Only one country has so far managed to land objects on Mars successfully - the USA. Not wanting to get left behind, Europe is building its own rover - the ExoMars. Its three prototypes are currently roaming a mock section of Mars built at Airbus's facilities in Stevenage, UK.

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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

The Quinny longboardstroller: cruise through the city with your child on this environmentally-friendly hybrid.

The Quinny longboardstroller: cruise through the city with your child on this environmentally-friendly hybrid.

The Olaf business scooter: a suitcase that doubles as a scooter. Does this make it a scootcase?

The Olaf business scooter: a suitcase that doubles as a scooter. Does this make it a scootcase?

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

Lightning strikes the inside of the erupting Sakurajima volcano, Japan, captured by photographer Takehito Miyatake

Lightning strikes the inside of the erupting Sakurajima volcano, Japan, captured by photographer Takehito Miyatake

Artist and sustainability advocate Markus Jeschaunig created this replica of the Arc de Triomphe from two tons of stale bread

Artist and sustainability advocate Markus Jeschaunig created this replica of the Arc de Triomphe from two tons of stale bread

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

Blogs

Time is on craft's side, not so much technology

22 November 2014

Let's say, for whatever reason, you find yourself compelled to buy a Twitter Chair - something that tweets when someone sits in it. It's a pretty safe bet that the electronics inside will stop working at some point. But the chair part will stay functional for years and probably decades to come. Unable to tweet, the chair might even be a bit more useful.

Six Success Stories

20 November 2014

I recently chanced upon a report from KPMG, it was about KPMG International's Infrastructure 100: World Markets Report. As the name suggests, the Report highlights key trends driving infrastructure investment around the world. To be specific, it's about 100 of the world's most innovative, impactful infrastructure projects.

 
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Debate

Debate: Is UX design a waste of time?

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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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David Wood is chair at London Futurists and former CTO at Accenture Mobility. He has featured in T3’s list of ‘100 most influential people in technology’.

UX (user experience) design for mobile phones should be secondary to getting the basic functions right

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