Issue 3: 27 March 2012
Titanic wreck

Scanning Titanic for the future

Thanks to recent advances in technology, marine archaeologists are finally able to make a full 3D map of the world's most famous shipwreck more than 25 years after its discovery.

The Marconi room on Olympic

How advanced wireless technology saved hundreds of lives on Titanic, and informs communications to this day.

Internet traffic jams graphic

The system of Internet highways and byways is being reconfigured to cope with the size and shape of traffic heading over it, while Internet companies are dreaming up fresh approaches to avoid

Pile of discarded batteries

The solar amibtions of developing nations look set to deliver more than just electricity. How real are lead poisoning fears?

The Titanic issue
E&T cover image 1203 E&T salutes the technological legacy of the Titanic disaster; looks forward to the future of the information superhighway; is apprehensive about the dark side of solar power and the pollution problems it may be causing for developing nations; marvels at the properties of magnetic soap; toasts 50 years of UK satellite innovation; and generally keeps its beady eye on the latest trends and developments in the engineering and technology sectors.

The E&T podcast: download episode 15

In this edition of the E&T podcast, Dickon Ross attends the iF design awards; Vitali Vitaliev goes to the Georges Pompidou hospital in Paris to find out how e-health initiatives are keeping our Gallic friends healthy; Dominic Lenton interrogates the axis of engineering and comedy to find out how well the two combine; Jonathan Wilson enters the House of Commons to join EAL in celebrating 20 years of bringing apprentices and industry together; and taking his inspiration from our cover feature about Titanic's legacy, Vitali Vitaliev braves the high seas to take a trip across the English Channel aboard the latest high-tech P&O ferry.

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Bon voyage, Titanic

The Titanic story on film  ET arr

The Titanic story has a long and illustrious history on the silver screen. Here, we look back over the first 100 years.

EzyStove wood-burning cooking stove

iF Design Awards 2012  ET arr

E&T got a tour of this year’s iF design awards in Hannover. Our guide was Frank Zierenberg, manager of the iF product design awards 2012.

Space telescope mirror

UK satellite industry: still flying 50 years on  ET arr

Amid general UK plc doom and gloom, one technology sector resolutely maintains a 10 per cent growth rate, and its prospects are always looking up.

Sony Vita

Sony Vita's inner curriculum  ET arr

Sony's PlayStation successor has been designed to be more than a games console – the company has aspirations for it to find a place as a high-end processing workhorse that can support more business-oriented applications.

Millennium Bridge, London

High-profile engineering disasters  ET arr

In this extract from his new book, American engineering writer Henry Petroski looks at the way in which several high profile disasters have influenced bridge design over the last 150 years.

Zimperium’s Anti for Android

PIN apps: Hacking on the hoof  ET arr

'Grey hat' apps are a new phenomenon in software that enable street hackers to delve into your smartphone and access your data, and more besides.

A man looking through a hole

Have you heard the one about...?  ET arr

Christine Evans-Pughe looks at a group of computer programmers and researchers who are trying to turn gigabytes into giggles.

A runner in his blocks

Why running is more expensive than going to the gym  ET arr

The modern running shoe is 40 years old and can now form part of a body area network comprising sensors, feedback monitors and on-road entertainment. But is it worth the extra cost?

Vscan ultrasound scanner

A new look at innovation  ET arr

The further you move away from established 'home markets', the more potential for developing low-cost new products. Welcome to the idea of 'reverse innovation'.

Hacker cartoon

The dangers of hoax security breaches  ET arr

A fake hack attack can be as damaging as a real one and they're becoming increasingly common.

John Cridland, DG of the CBI

Interview: John Cridland, DG of the CBI  ET arr

Director-general of the CBI John Cridland says that the government is not doing enough for Britain's manufacturing base.

Sefton Park Palm House

Retrofitting heritage buildings can be a painless experience.  ET arr

English Heritage says that anything is possible in retrofitting heritage buildings, as long as it doesn't leave a permanent scar. So why are engineers still so reluctant to take these projects on?

The Duke of Edinburgh visits GPO Dollis Hill Research Station

BT Archive photo essay  ET arr

An exclusive preview of BT's massive archive of photographs and documents now being digitised by Coventry University.

e map

The Importance of e-Governance  ET arr

We take a short trip to France and Estonia in our quest for the true meaning of e-governance.

Landfill site

Putting discarded waste to use by creating energy  ET arr

Energy from waste projects, while appealing for a variety of reasons, have struggled to gain acceptance. But a new scalable method could provide the perfect solution.
Soap bubble

Magnetic soap to clear up oil spills  ET arr

Scientists working on engendering simple soap with new properties may have uncovered vast new potential for advanced cleaning. 

Graphic of a big ship

Cruise ships: is bigger, better?  ET arr

Nobody wants to think of the Titanic when they’re boarding their luxury cruise liner for a well-earned holiday, much less the Costa Concordia. But what manner of luxury does the modern cruise ship have to offer its passengers?

Audi vehicle deliveries graph

Taking Stock: Audi, engineered to succeed  ET arr

2011 was the most successful year in Audi’s history, as ‘the brand with the four rings’ reported a big jump in sales.

Hong Kong

Advertisement feature: Hong Kong case study  ET arr

The world’s most influential computing organisation recently came to Hong Kong to put on its largest Asian event of the year – SIGGRAPH Asia 2011. The Association for Computing Machinery attracted diverse exhibitors and attendees to inspire dialogue, share resources and address challenges in the computer graphics field. Animators, designers, manufacturers, filmmakers, software developers and others converged in Hong Kong for the annual event, which combines a trade show exhibition with a conference.


For and against: Will the Raspberry Pi single board computer revolutionise the teaching of computer science?


The Raspberry Pi single‑board computer will revolutionise computer science teaching

Radio presenter and lecturer

Gareth Mitchell profile

Gareth Mitchell is the presenter of the science and technology radio programme ‘Click’ on BBC World Service. He is also a lecturer in Science Communication at Imperial College, London. 



The Raspberry Pi single‑board computer won’t revolutionise computer science teaching

Author, journalist and filmmaker

Piers Bizony Profile

Piers Bizony is an author, journalist and filmmaker specialising in aerospace and cosmology, and has been shortlisted for the Nasa/Eugene M Emme Award for Astronautical Writing. He is a strong believer in space exploration and has written several books on the subject.

Will the Raspberry Pi single-board computer revolutionise computer science teaching?

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The big picture
Costa Concordia cruise ship
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Dyson’s first lightweight, compact cylinder vacuum with a ball

Hiriko citycar

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Nike+ FuelBand

As a personal fitness tracker the FuelBand tracks time, calories, steps and “NikeFuel”

Nissan Scratch Shield

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Pacific Cycles iF Mode

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