A team of Doctor Who devotees has for decades been advancing digital restoration techniques while recovering vintage episodes from some often obscure sources.
For science-fiction aficionados the collaboration of Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter on a series of novels based on the multiverse is a dream come true.
Chris Foss is, for many, the artist who brought science fiction to life with his vivid illustrations for book covers and film.
Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was an almost documentary vision of how engineers and scientists saw the future. As time goes on, more and more of Kubrick’s designs are becoming reality.
The sci-fi special: Doctor Who; sonic screwdrivers; 2001: A Space Odyssey; Sir Terry Pratchett; the question of engineering accuracy in sci-fi; predicting the technological future and more. .
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In 1999, Friends United first hit the social media radar, shortly followed by MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and most recently Snapchat and Vine. Initially designed for social interaction, social media channels now process other traits.
While governments state that cyber security is now one of their top national challenges, the overall cost-impact cyber security is incurring – both in terms of necessary investment and damaging outcomes following an attack – is far from clear.
Charities frequently talk about building bridges with the developing world, and one NGO has been building bridges for them since 2001. But thanks to a new software tool designed by young engineers in the UK the time is in sight when they will no longer have to.
E&T talks to former Arup chairman Terry Hill, who was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s President’s Medal in July 2013 in recognition of his significant and far-reaching contribution to the sector
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Makers of science-fiction TV and movie entertainment have used both imaginary and real-life built environments to inspire their visions of what our future architecture will look like.
Love it or hate it, sci-fi has a major influence on the way the general public perceives engineering and technology - so is it possible to be at all accurate?
There could be some real-life applications for this fictional device from the Doctor Who universe.
Throughout the years predictions for the technology of the future have abounded in everything: from reports by government think-tanks to science-fiction.
The actual development and deployment of Autonomous Intelligent Agents and their cyber space variations are just around the corner.
It's tempting to think that the politically unstable Middle East is a risky environment for technology. We talk to one author who considers the East as the new West in terms of tech startups.
Biometric authentication is finding more and more parts of the human body to prove we really are who we say we are. But will it ever fulfil the promise of so many sci-fi representations? And will it ever be worth pursuing in preference to simpler checks?
Can a radical spin on the water grid save the nation from drought and slash the cost of long distance power transmission?
Firewalls should still be an integral part of any enterprise's cyber security strategy, and vendors of the hardware variety are redoubling their R&D to win more market share.
Does design mimic the movies or is pioneering design an influence to film-makers? The truth lies somewhere in between.
Sci-fi films such as 'Terminator' and 'AI' presume robots should look and act like humans, but a natural human response to be creeped-out by the not-quite human means robot designers will have to think again.
The new Merlyn bowling machine from Bola has prevented England from getting in a spin during this summer's Ashes series.
According to futurist José Cordeiro, advances in neuroscience, nano, bio, and information technology are pushing mankind into the post-human age.
So does sci-fi really deliver the goods?
ForWorks of science fiction do offer inspiration to scientists and technologists in the real world
Professor of cybernetics
Profile: Kevin Warwick
Kevin Warwick is professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading, where he carries out research in artificial intelligence, control, robotics and biomedical engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET. He is the author or co-author of more than 500 research papers and has written or edited 27 books.
AgainstWorks of science fiction do not offer inspiration to scientists and technologists in the real world
Writer, broadcaster and filmmaker
Profile: Chris Riley
Chris Riley is a writer, broadcaster and filmmaker specialising in the history of science. He makes frequent appearances on TV and radio, broadcasting on space flight and astronomy. He is a veteran of two Nasa astrobiology missions and is the author of the ‘Haynes Apollo 11 Owners’ Workshop Manual’.
Science fiction offers inspiration to scientists and technologists in the real world
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