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The EgyptAir disaster highlights the urgency of implementing changes in black box technology

Struggle to find blackboxes despite years of calls for technology change

Rescue teams searching for wreckage and black boxes of the lost EgyptAir Flight 804 in the Mediterranean Sea are racing against the time due to the same technical limitations pinpointed seven years ago during the search for Air France Flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean.

The driverless algorithm was tested on vehicles that were one-fifth the size of their full-size counterparts

Driverless algorithm allows racing cars to maintain stability

Driverless vehicles have been shown to maintain control even as they manoeuvre around sharp corners at speed using a new algorithm coupled with on-board computers.

Up to seven bidders have reportedly expressed interest in Tata Steel's UK assets

Bids for Tata’s struggling UK steel business submitted

Up to seven bidders have expressed interest in buying Tata’s UK steel-making assets ahead of negotiations that will determine the future of the crisis-hit industry in Britain.

The first fracking operation in the UK has been approved since earthquake risk concerns have been raised in 2011

Milestone for UK fracking as North Yorkshire council gives go-ahead

The first fracking operation in the UK since 2011 earthquake scares has been approved by North Yorkshire councillors, stirring a fresh debate on the benefits and risks of the controversial gas extraction method.

Bernard Charles

Life science focus affirmed by Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes used the opening day of its inaugural ‘Science In The Age Of Experience’ conference to restate its commitment, and shift in company focus, to life sciences and its ambition to encourage wider uptake of its 3DExperience cloud-based simulation platform in order to accelerate science-based innovations.

Features
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, Barcelona

Barcelona: the world’s smartest city?

Many cities say that they are the world’s “smartest”. It’s an easy claim to make, as there is no agreed criteria to define what makes a city “smart”. Barcelona is one of the leading contenders for the Smart City crown, with regular appearances among “Top Five Smart City” rankings and even topping some of them. E&T went to the Catalan capital to investigate.

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Greening a Smart City

How do we keep air clean, our carbon footprint low, the population healthy and the environment ‘green’?

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Powering a Smart City

Resilience in the grid is crucial, but will smart developments be met by advances in renewable energy?

A graphic showing IP address of houses on a laptop

Securing the Smart City

The web of connections underpinning the smart city needs to be well protected against evil-doers.

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Transport in the Smart City

Discover smart infrastructure and transport technology that allows cities to work without losing their soul.

The big picture
Healthy vegetation in these fields in Alberta, Canada, appears bright red in this near infrared (NIR) data satellite image

Healthy vegetation in these fields in Alberta, Canada, appears bright red in this near infrared (NIR) data satellite image

Radial, wedge-shaped fields in Bolivia, part of the Tierras Bajas agricultural relocation project

Radial, wedge-shaped fields in Bolivia, part of the Tierras Bajas agricultural relocation project

Broadband internet is finally coming to the people of Cuba, at least in certain parts of historic Havana

Broadband internet is finally coming to the people of Cuba, at least in certain parts of historic Havana

A mosaic of London's Oxford Street made of half a million photographs, captured by Hyundai's automated mapping technology car.

A mosaic of London's Oxford Street made of half a million photographs, captured by Hyundai's automated mapping technology car.

Plaster cast moulds of victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption lie on a display table in a laboratory at Pompeii

Plaster cast moulds of victims of the Mount Vesuvius eruption lie on a display table in a laboratory at Pompeii

Europlanet 2020 RI offers access to the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, an area of remarkable hydrothermal activity and that may help us understand whether life could have evolved elsewhere in the Solar System

The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, an area of remarkable hydrothermal activity

Ships are dumped in the street after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake and powerful waves hit areas of central Chile [Reuters/Mauricio Ubilla]

Ships are dumped in the street after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake and powerful waves hit areas of central Chile
[Reuters/Mauricio Ubilla]

Flames from the Valley Fire covering a hillside along Highway 29 in Lower Lake, California, USA [Reuters/Noah Berger]

Flames from the Valley Fire covering a hillside along Highway 29 in Lower Lake, California, USA
[Reuters/Noah Berger]

BMW CEO Harald Krueger collapses during his presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany [Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach]

BMW CEO Harald Krueger collapses during his presentation at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany
[Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach]

 Part of the Les Paul Memorabilia Exhibit on show at The Hard Rock Cafe, New York City, ahead of the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Celebrations beginning on June 9 2015 in Times Square

The Les Paul memorabilia exhibit on display at The Hard Rock Cafe, New York City - part of the Les Paul 100th anniversary celebrations

A boy rides his bicycle past a collapsed house after Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

A boy rides his bicycle past a collapsed house after Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

Blogs

Is the auto industry too pessimistic about the future of electric cars?

23 May 2016

The EU demands a 30% cut in CO2 transport emissions by 2030. The question is, how to get there?

Consumer loyalty in offline world

22 May 2016

You know another session at the eTailing India Conference and Exhibition which caught my attention was the one on customer equity. Simply put, like always, customer is king here too. However, parameters like customer behaviour, preferences and engagement take on a different connotation in the online medium. Even here many interesting aspects came up during the panel discussion. How do you craft a customer journey in the online world? How do you integrate the online with the offline store? How does one position a legacy offline brand in the online space? These thoughts occupied my mind as I began to write this post.

 
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