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China has launched its latest lunar probe aiming to test technologies for a sample return mission planned for 2017

China's lunar return probe carries European radio experiment

24 October 2014

China has launched a spacecraft to fly around the Moon and back in preparations for a sample return mission planned for 2017 carrying a European radio experiment aboard.

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel with incoming president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (right) and outgoing president Jose Manuel Barroso

Europe reaches climate deal but critics unsatisfied

24 October 2014

EU leaders have struck an “historic” deal to cut carbon emission by 40 per cent by 2030, but critics have warned compromises will undermine the fight against climate change.

Oxford spin-offs Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory will now join Google's DeepMind project

Google acquires Oxford AI start-ups for DeepMind project

24 October 2014

Google has hired the founders of two Oxford University AI start-ups and announced a partnership with the institution to further develop its DeepMind system.

The 2014 BP UFT winners on their trip.

November deadline for engineering competition entries

24 October 2014

Don’t leave it too late – entry into two of the world’s biggest student engineering competitions closes in late November.

Electrification of the Great Western rail line will allow cut carbon and noise emissions

Rail electrification cost up by half a billion

23 October 2014

Costs for electrifying the Great Western line connecting major towns and cities across southern England and South Wales have increased by half a billion pounds, according to shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh.

Engineering needs to shed the image of hard hats and hi-vis jackets, says the report

Rebrand engineering to represent diverse profession, says report

23 October 2014

Engineering institutions are being urged to adapt to better serve the diverse and rapidly changing profession they represent.

The Proton rocket has performed about 400 successful launches since 1965 but has been lately plagued with technical problems

Telecoms satellite in wrong orbit after another Proton glitch

23 October 2014

Russia’s workhorse Proton rocket has likely delivered a telecommunication satellite into a wrong orbit in only its second launch after a five-month hiatus following a launch failure in May.

Rail ready for delivery at Tata Steel's Scunthorpe plant where jobs are under threat

Unions express concern at Tata Steel sell-off

23 October 2014

Unions have expressed concern Tata Steel’s plans to sell its Long Products business and warned of possible industrial action over pensions.

GDF Suez and BP have discovered a promising new oil field in the North Sea

Promising oil-field discovered in North Sea

23 October 2014

A new oil field with a potential to produce up to 5,350 barrels of oil per day has been discovered in the North Sea.

Japanese exports of power station equipment, including turbines for coal plants, rose 55 per cent in the year through March

US challenges Japan over coal technology exports

23 October 2014

US officials have challenged Japan over moves to boost exports of coal-fired power technology by offering cheap loans to buyers.

The EAR-IT project in Santander has monitored traffic flow

Spanish city tests acoustic sensors in EU future internet project

23 October 2014

The city of Santander in Spain has turned itself into an experimental research facility, SmartSantander, as part of an EU future internet concept. The city is the test bed for EAR-IT’s outdoor applications: traffic-flow monitoring at a junction near the city’s hospital and analysis of the traffic density on two city streets.

Fugro Discovery has joined the hunt for missing MH370

Dutch ship arrives to search for missing MH370

23 October 2014

A survey ship operated by Dutch firm Fugro has arrived to the area identified as the most likely resting place of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to join the renewed search operation.

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