When London won the rights to stage the 2012 Olympics it based its presentation on the sustainable legacy.
There is more to sports clothing than a winning look as Tony James discovers with Team GB's Olympic sportswear.
The challenge for the broadcast industry this summer is to televise the Olympics to four billion viewers around the world.
Social media has introduced a whole new dimension of engagement between all parties involved in the Games, from spectators and sponsors to athletes and their supporters.
E&T limbers up for a sensational summer sporting spectacular with its Olympics special: the engineering legacy; keeping the Olympics moving; how Heathrow airport plans to cope with Olympic traffic; the role social media will play in the Games; a look inside the Olympic Torch; the sustainable future after the Games; how technology is engineering athletes; Stella McCartney's Adidas collection for Team GB; the broadcast challenge of bringing the Games to everyone's front room; and much more besides.
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In this edition of the E&T podcast, we talk to LOCOG chief executive about the main press centre in the Olympic Park; to Bullfinch Gas, about the design and manufacture of the burner used in the torch; to Professor Steven Yearley about genetically modified athletes; to Dermot Turing and Google’s Peter Baron about the London Science Museum’s new exhibition, Alan Turing's Life & Legacy'; to Dan Lewis about the likelihood of establishing a UK spaceport; and to Jonathon Rossiter and Peter Walters at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory about their soft robotics projects.
The drive for energy efficiency in servers is leading to an overhaul in the way that electrical power is distributed through them. The new power-delivery architecture is conceptually simpler, but relies on not just incorporating more complex voltage converters but integrating them into microprocessors and other high-power logic chips.
The London Olympics authorities have rerouted existing CCTV services in a bid to boost security at the Games, but not everyone is happy about it.
What relevance does Alan Turing's controversial proposed method for testing a computer system's ability to behave 'intelligently' have in a world of ever-smarter interactive applications, robotic companions and artificial intelligence?
No one likes change, but there are compelling reasons why Internet market leaders are leading the migration to the latest iteration of the 'great enabler'Internet Protocol.
In the summer of 1962 Telstar-1 helped ignite the white heat of technology that burned throughout the rest of the decade. Fifty years on, how well deserved is its reputation as a global comms game changer?
The first work at the Olympic site was developing the power infrastructure, and as the games approach we look back at the projects involved.
As a symbol of sporting excellence the Olympic Torch has few equals, but what lies behind the design and operation of its most recent incarnation?
Logistics may not grab all the Olympic headlines but without this most prosaic of disciplines the Games would grind to a halt.
Thanks to its unique shape and beautifully architected curves, the Velodrome has become a favourite in the Olympic village. We investigate the challenges overcome in building one of the most efficient buildings in the history of the games.
Better control over component-level electric motors could yield massive energy savings, and a two-pronged attack is yielding results across a range of products.
During the Olympics we'll be relying on the Internet more than ever. But most of us don't really understand its physical reality.
Our resident inventors discuss what innovations they might foist upon the world of cycling.
Athletes chasing gold medals are turning to sports technology to give them an advantage.
Thanks to our dependency on interconnected complex systems the world we live in is teetering on the brink of catastrophe. Nick Smith talks to author John Casti, whose new book analyses our technology-dependent 'house of cards'.
Building ever more powerful wind turbines creates severe engineering challenges as Anne Harris discovers with the world's largest turbine blades.
With 140,000 extra travellers expected to be passing through its gates during the Olympics, Heathrow Airport turns to technology to give its increasingly overburdened infrastructure a sporting chance.
Will genetically enhanced athletes be competing in the Olympics of the future?
For and Against: will London 2012 leave a lasting engineering legacy?
ForLondon 2012 will leave a lasting engineering legacy for the UK
Profile: Sir John Armitt
IET Honorary Fellow Sir John Armitt is chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority. He was previously chief executive of Network Rail and chief executive of Railtrack
AgainstLondon 2012 will not leave a lasting engineering legacy for the UK
Radio presenter and lecturer
Profile: Gareth Mitchell
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.
London 2012 will leave a lasting engineering legacy for the UK
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