An iconic symbol of war, the Brodie was the first combat helmet to be specifically designed and engineered for Western Front battlefield conditions – and its legacy extends to the composite material military hard hats worn by today's fighting forces.
From "archaeologists in the trenches" to modern-day enthusiasts of the rich engineering heritage, First World War archaeology keeps uncovering more and more hidden secrets.
The exigencies of the 1914-1918 conflict meant that electronic communications on the Allied side had to find new ways to interoperate both on the battlefield and on the Home Front: but can the beginnings of 2014's interconnected domains be found in innovations that came out of the necessities of that war?
The First World War was a major defining factor for the professional and social status of women engineers.
This month’s cover star saved thousands of lives but remains an unsung hero. We tell the story of the life-saving helmet issued to British soldiers, the engineering that made the Brodie so popular with the Allied troops and by the end of the war had become almost standard uniform. Another life-saver in this issue was battlefield communications, a sort of tele-net of things that foreshadowed today's Internet of Things.
We also have the second part of the story of the intelligence operations in the Admiralty’s legendary Room 40, cracking codes when computing’s father figure Alan Turing was but a toddler. New forms of transport played their part in the Great War, too, such as the Zeppelins that bombed London and Paris and the battlefield debut of an extraordinary machine codenamed the ‘tank’. Last, but certainly not least, we hear the story of some of the first women engineers for whom the First World War was a unique opportunity to make a real contribution.
Away from the horror of the First World War, we look at fracking in the UK; the BBC's R&D road map; the relationship between embedded systems and the clock; the future for fusion energy; greenhouse technology in the desert and finally we have an exclusive interview with Lord Browne, in light of our recent LGBT survey.
The E&T podcast: hear the story of Deborah the Tank, with archaeologist Philippe Gorcynski
We hear from military archaeologist Philippe Gorcynski, who talks about his beloved excavated and semi-restored British-made D-51 tank, recovered from a battlefield pit near Cambrai, France.
How many cyber-security researchers does it take to hack a light bulb? About six, according to one firm, which has demonstrated that the manufacturers of the growing number of connected devices in our homes appear to have a security blind spot.
The least-known First World War theatre in the Dolomites was the area of bloody battles over freezing precipices which called for some extreme civil engineering.
We have the BBC to thank for many tech advances from the last two centuries, but can the world-famous public service sustain its R&D activities?
We should know more about what lies underground, say geologists, before the UK government urges operators to submit fracking plans.
As physicists edge closer to sustainable fusion, we ask what's next for the industry?
Despite claiming real-time support, many embedded systems only have a passing relationship with the clock. That is beginning to change as designers try to build safer systems.
As conventional farming and climate change aggravates water and food shortages, a handful of entrepreneurs are growing food in the world's driest regions. But can they help?
'Frugal innovation' is about harnessing technology to make the world better for the nine billion forecast to populate the planet by 2040. Charles Leadbeater's new book explains how it works.
Advanced medical imaging instruments are getting better at detecting life-threatening conditions - and treating them; but they are also becoming safer for both technicians and patients.
When Lord Browne was 'pulled out' of the closet in 2007, the CEO of BP became the world's highest profile gay businessman. It was a revelation that was to cause him to fall on his sword and lose his job.
After hostilities commenced in August 1914 the Admiralty's secret intelligence unit, Room 40, stepped-up its monitoring and codebreaking operations against Germany, providing the British armed forces with tide-turning information about the enemy's plans. This second of a two-part series highlights Room 40's operations from the outbreak of hostilities to the war's end.
Debate: will innovation in wireless technology be driven by hardware or software?
David Wood is chair at London Futurists and a former CTO at Accenture Mobility.
Ray Anderson is CEO of mobile Internet company Bango PLC and was awarded 2006 Technology Entrepreneur of the Year.
Innovation in wireless technology will be driven by hardware developments
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