Timber buildings may soon be on course for a comeback, driven by an unprecedented push for sustainable development.
It was the renewable fuel that propelled human evolution, and remains valuable in heating the technological age.
Crafting in wood is part of our national heritage, but traditional woodworking skills are undervalued by modern industry.
While chiefly remembered for being the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong preferred to emphasise his technical background once stating: 'I am, and ever will be a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer'.
E&T grabs hold of wood this issue to review this much-loved, long-established and renewable material, used for centuries for everything from heating to building, via manufacturing and art. Plus the latest news, reviews, regular columns and much more besides.
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The quest for the perfect laptop is almost as old as portable computing itself. Could the latest contender, Intel's Ultrabook, spell the end of the search?
We select ten of the most bizarre items to have been made out of wood.
Solid state drives now offer an attractive storage alternative for enterprise users - but is the range of options and pace of innovation proving more of a headache than a help to IT specifiers?
This month we look at the work of 12 students from the Royal College of Art who were set a challenge of designing and manufacturing a seat from American hardwood.
There is more to wood than meets the eye as researchers looks to its components for next-generation materials.
A new smartphone app called Chirp allows short-range data exchange using digital 'birdsong'. Sounds like fun, but there's a very serious side to chirping, says inventor Patrick Bergel.
Big-science experiments are expensive so electronics designers are turning to off-the-shelf technologies to keep costs under control.
After the devastating fire in 2007, the Cutty Sark has undergone a complete makeover. We take a look at the engineering behind the legendary ship's revival.
Eco-friendly engineered wooden panels are helping architects reach for the ply.
We talk to author James M Clash, whose new book paints a picture of the iconic individuals who sculpted the technical landscape of the 1960s.
Improving the tonal quality of wood may allow modern instrument makers to match the legendary quality of violin master Antonio Stradivari.
The Vikings' seafaring exploits relied on some ingenious navigation techniques.
After years of being ignored in favour of metals and plastics, wood is getting a high-tech military makeover.
The 'bring your own device' proposition is about more than just who owns the computing tool you do your work on: followed through to its fullest extent, BYOD could cause changes to enterprise communications provisioning models that have been around for decades.
We are moving toward a world where every connected system is becoming safety critical - so ICT professionals should step up to the principles of ultra-rigorous system design and build.
For and Against: Google's Street View
ForGoogle’s online geographic systems are really helping the way we see the world
Head of Geography Outdoors
Profile: Shane Winser
Shane Winser is the head of Geography Outdoors at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) the centre supporting field research, exploration and outdoor learning. She has a long history of encouraging the use of innovative technologies to support exploration and discovery, and sharing the results of such endeavours with a wide range of audiences.
AgainstGoogle’s online geographic systems aren’t helping the way we see the world
Reporter and commentator
Profile: Chris Edwards
Chris Edwards is a reporter and commentator on electronics, IT and synthetic biology. He has two decades’ experience of journalism as an editor and writer. He is a long-standing contributor to E&T and other IET publications, including Flipside. He also writes for the Guardian.
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