Issue 1: 23 January 2013
Explosives rig

How to... defuse a bomb

With the use of IEDs and landmines increasing in modern warfare, bomb disposal specialists are turning to cutting-edge technology.

Smartphone graphic

Smartphones are geared up to crunch through a lot of data in delivering apps and Internet service, but all this new funky stuff places new drains on battery staying-power. Emerging envelope-tracking technologies may be able to help.

A researcher handles a brain lifted from a jar

In the first of our regular sports technology features, we look at the technology being developed to protect NFL players from serious head injuries.

Dell Wyse

It doesn't seem so long ago that analysts were predicting leaner, greener terminals that almost harked back to the original tenets of centralised computing... So where has the 'thin-client' concept ended up?

How to...
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The E&T podcast: twitching technology

Features editor Vitali Vitaliev heads to Rutland Water Nature Reserve to speak to senior reserve officer Tim Mackrill about technology in bird watching.

Also in this issue

Analysis: Scotland’s silicon survivors  ET arr

During the 1990s, Scotland’s Silicon Glen looked as though it could rival other world centres for chipmaking. It could not compete with California’s Silicon Valley itself but the country looked an attractive choice to a number of Far Eastern technology companies who promised to build and expand plants there.

Graph showing Samsung's global shipments for 2011 and 2012

Consumer electronics giants stake future on smart handsets  ET arr

Leading smartphone makers look to entrench their positions, but Europe’s car manufacturers continue to struggle despite rising UK sales.

Cartoon of a toddler driving a car

How system designers and social scientists can complement each other’s work  ET arr

It’s all too easy for a wall to rise between people and systems when designers fail to take account of motivation and behaviour, warns John Berry.

Sandi Rhys Jones

Interview: Sandi Rhys Jones, Engineering UK  ET arr

Sandi Rhys Jones is the vice chair of the Governing Body of the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology. She has strong views on why there’s more to the gender debate than merely the ‘pipeline’ issue. It all starts, she says, with careers advice.

Early London Underground escalator

PhotoEssay: London Underground  ET arr

Londoners have been experiencing the advantages and frustrations of underground rail travel for 150 years.

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Where do you read yours?  ET arr

A new challenge for E&T readers.

Dragon-style landing capsule

How to... land a human on Mars  ET arr

With Curiosity last year becoming the fourth rover to land on Mars, how long will it be before a human walks on the Red Planet?

Lockheed Martin concept

How to... go around the world in six hours  ET arr

Day trips to the other side of the Earth may soon be a reality thanks to Air travel at five times the speed of sound.

New Ford Fiesta sketches

How to... reach 100mpg  ET arr

Despite the allure of the electric vehicle the humble petrol engine will continue to be the mainstay for cars for the foreseeable future.

The Quarterhouse Performing Arts Centre in Folkestone

How to... save a city centre  ET arr

With countless high streets being slowly colonised by charity shops and discount stores, the future looks bleak for many UK town centres. Can technology provide the answer?

Bolt and Blake being interviewed post-race

Broadcast - lessons from London 2012  ET arr

For the BBC the 2012 Olympics presented one of the biggest technological challenges in the corporation's history of sports coverage - so what were the key lessons the broadcaster learn from the experience?

Sex pistols performing

Punk and a new hierarchy in management  ET arr

How we lead teams in our organisations is undergoing a shift that reflects changes in society. Nick Smith talks to an author whose new book explains the 'death of deference'.

Dr Simon Leigh of the University of Warwick

How to... print gadgets  ET arr

Making solid objects with simple moving parts is easy. The next challenge is to print the smartphones of the future.

Building model rendered in Autodesk 3DS Max

Building Information Modelling - DNA for buildings  ET arr

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the software-based method of mapping every aspect of a built structure's equivalent to DNA, from initial design and construction to refurbishments and eventual destruction.

The sun

How to... solve the energy crisis  ET arr

Nuclear fusion seems to have always been thirty years away, but the seeming interminable quest appears to be edging ever closer with the construction of the ITER reactor in the South of France.

Motorway graphic showing technology management

How to... cut traffic jams  ET arr

Traffic congestion is the bane of modern motorists, but mobile communications may soon be supplying the answer for the beleaguered commuter.

An onshore oil field

How to... extract more oil  ET arr

With demand for oil continuing to grow, the pressure is on to maximise the reserves.

Engine on display

Hannover Messe 2013 celebrates new age of industrial integration  ET arr

E&T magazine is once again a preferred media partner for this year’s Hannover Messe showcase of industrial and engineering technology innovation. This second of three previews introduces the 11 technology-specific trade shows that make-up Hannover Messe 2013 - including details of FREE ENTRY for IET members.


For and Against: Fracking


Fracking is one of the best things to happen to onshore gas exploration for a century

Director at No Hot Air

Nick Grealy

Nick Grealy is director of the energy consultancy No Hot Air, specialising in public perception and acceptance issues of shale energy worldwide. For further information, visit



Fracking is dangerous to the environment and throws good energy after bad

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Ian Ratcliffe

Ian Ratcliffe is a campaigner with the anti-fracking environmental pressure group Frack Off. For further details, go to

Extraction of natural gas by fracking is good news for energy needs

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

E-reader with built-in light for reading in the dark. Features a higher resolution screen and better battery life

Google Nexus 10

The Nexus 4 is a 2GB RAM, 8MP cameraphone while the Nexus 10 is a 10in tablet with stunning specs

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Want to get EE’s 4G service, but no flash phone? The P1 LTE is the best value option

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A lightweight take on winter boots. The Chair 5 has a waterproof outer and a separate booty can be used as apres-ski slippers

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