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Shoppers could soon be able to use their smartphones to navigate around large stores

Indoor navigation system wins £500,000 grant

An indoor navigation system will use smartphones, tablets and iBeacons to improve consumers shopping experience.

The Spanish researchers are now working on the development of the first prototype charging system

Wireless charging using resonating crystals

A new wireless charging technique that relies on resonance between photonic crystals could do away with the need for power cables, say researchers.

A fisherman passes container ships in the Suez Canal, near Ismailia port city, northeast of Cairo

Egypt confirms army to help develop Suez Canal area

Egypt has confirmed rumours that a consortium including the Egyptian army will develop an industrial and logistics hub in the Suez Canal area.

Cephalopods like cuttlefish can change coloration quickly for both camouflage and as a warning

Camouflage system mimics cuttlefish skin

An electronic camouflage system inspired by the skin of cuttlefish can automatically read its environment and adapt to mimic its surroundings.

A single car battery could produce enough solar panels to provide power for 30 households [Credit: Christine Daniloff]

Car batteries recycled to make solar panels

Discarded car batteries could be recycled to build new, long-lasting solar panels, according to US researchers.

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Arup director Tristram Carfrae was recently awarded the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Gold Medal

Interview: Tristram Carfrae, Arup, on smarter construction and holistic design

As the world’s population increasingly flocks towards urban centres, smarter construction methods and more efficient cities are essential. E&T caught up with Tristram Carfrae, deputy chairman of Arup, to find out about the importance of a holistic view of the built environment.

Tram graphic

Scottish referendum: business opinions from both sides

On the eve of the Independence referendum we hitch an imaginary ride on one of Scotland’s engineering novelties – a Spanish-built Edinburgh tram – and take our own straw poll of what the passengers think.

Gondolas and a cruise ship in the background, Venice

Venice Flood Barrier: MOSE project keeps the sea at bay

Despite allegations of corruption, delays and overspending, the construction of the Venice Flood Barrier has an end in sight.

The npower renewables wind farm at Farr, Scotland

An independent Scotland and the renewable power industry

Scotland has a rich seam of renewables and leads the UK in alternative energy projects. What would a Yes vote in the Scottish or European referenda mean for meeting renewables targets?

Chinese mountain town

China bulldozes mountains to make way for cities

China's campaign to bulldoze mountains and create land for new cities is ambitious, even admirable, but now the world is worried.

The big picture
The hitch-hiking robot, hitchBOT, on Highway 17, Ontario, at the halfway point on its journey across Canada

The hitch-hiking robot, hitchBOT, on Highway 17, Ontario, at the halfway point on its journey across Canada

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

Blogs

TGV in trouble

15 August 2014

I would guess many readers will have travelled on the French TGV, high speed train, if not this summer holiday then another time. I think everyone will agree that it is an impressive experience. The high speed train is as much a symbol of France as the Eiffel tower.

Scottish independence and engineering

14 August 2014

'Yes' or 'No, Thanks'? That's the choice for Scots in next month's referendum. What would Scottish independence mean for engineers and engineering?

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