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A quantum ruler can measure distances with atomic precision

‘Quantum ruler’ allows distances to be measured with atomic accuracy

24 June 2016

A quantum technique developed by Russian and French researchers allows large distances to be measured with atomic accuracy.

Some robots can repeat a task after being guided once through the process by a worker and recording it

Assistive robots now cheap enough to benefit SMEs

24 June 2016

Intelligent robots capable of learning simple tasks in order to work as assistants alongside people are set to upend the world of industrial robotics by putting automation within reach of many small and medium-sized companies for the first time.

This electric car build by Swiss students can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h faster than any large-scale production car

Student-built electric car breaks acceleration record

24 June 2016

An electric racing car built by a team of Swiss students has set a new world record for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h achieved by an electric vehicle, beating even all combustion-engine powered large-scale production vehicles.

Not exactly what the majority of the engineering sector would have wished for...

Will Brexit lead to 'Techxit'? What does the vote mean for UK engineering?

24 June 2016

The voice of the public has spoken. 52 per cent of those casting their ballot in the Brexit referendum want to get out. However, earlier surveys conducted in the engineering, technology and manufacturing sectors suggested the industry would have wished a different outcome. What does the Leave vote actually mean for the engineering and technology sector? The answer is that we don’t know.

Autonomous vehicles with intelligent computer software have the potential to eliminate up to 90 per cent of traffic accidents

Driverless cars should kill their passengers if necessary poll finds

24 June 2016

Driverless car artificial intelligence should sacrifice its passengers if it means avoiding a disastrous accident that would claim more lives, the majority of people questioned in a survey have said.

Venetian waterways are currently highly polluted from the diesel engines of the water taxis

Green engine system to power Venetian water taxis

23 June 2016

An electric-hybrid engine for Venice water taxis is being developed by engineers from the University of Southampton who hope it will provide cleaner, greener transport in the city.

Aryballe Technologies CEO Tristan Rousselle shows a prototype of NeOse in Paris

Smartphones with electronic noses ‘still a decade away’

23 June 2016

Development on portable ‘electronic noses’ that can fit inside a smartphone could open up new horizons for health, food, personal hygiene and even security, but the technology sector is struggling to create a workable device with this capability.

A base on the moon may precede a manned trip to the Red Planet according to the head of the ESA

Humans will not land on Mars for at least 15 years, says ESA head

23 June 2016

The head of the European Space Agency (ESA) has said that humans will not visit the surface of Mars for at least 15 years because the necessary technology has not been developed yet.

National Women in Engineering Day 2016

IET appeals for increase in published works by female engineers

23 June 2016

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling for an increase in the number of female engineers who have their expertise published in industry journals on National Women in Engineering Day 2016.

A 100m-long prototype of an ocean cleaning platform will be tested in the North Sea

Trash collecting ocean platform to start tests this week

22 June 2016

A Dutch start-up is set to deploy an innovative floating platform designed to collect garbage from the surface of the world’s ocean into the North Sea this week.

Sainsbury's new truck uses liquid nitrogen instead of a diesel engine to cool the vehicle

Sainsbury’s and Nestle go green with new energy initiatives

22 June 2016

Nestle has announced a new wind farm in Scotland designed to supply half the power needed for its UK operations while Sainsbury’s is trialling a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen-powered engine that it says will lower emissions.

Trucks powered from an overhead power line don't produce any emissions locally

Sweden’s e-Highway frees trucks from fossil fuels

22 June 2016

Overhead power lines are to be installed above a section of a Swedish public highway in order to provide power to trucks in an experiment designed to reduce emissions from freight transportation in future.

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