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SpaceX will rent the abandoned Launch Complex 39A used for the first lunar landing mission

SpaceX awarded Apollo launch pad contract

16 April 2014

SpaceX has signed a contract with Nasa to rent a historic launch pad used for the first lunar landing lift-off.

Royal Navy personnel test the remote-controlled motor boat [Credit: Crown Copyright]

Royal Navy testing remote-control minesweeper

16 April 2014

A remote-controlled boat that can search for, hunt and destroy mines is being tested by a specialist Royal Navy unit.

Protestors hold placards as they demonstrate against Mt. Gox in Tokyo

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox likely to be liquidated

16 April 2014

Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is likely to be liquidated after a Tokyo court dismissed the company's bid to resuscitate its business.

Russia has already awarded contracts for some phases of the Southstream construction

South Stream route change proposed by Turkey

16 April 2014

Turkey wants Russia’s to change the route of the South Stream pipeline foreseen to carry gas from Black Sea to Europe to run through its territory as it fears Ukrainian supplies cut-off.

Gibson Memory Cable: inspiration insurance included, talent at user's discretion

Gibson’s Memory Cable offers ‘inspiration insurance’

16 April 2014

US guitar manufacturer Gibson has announced a guitar cable equipped with a built-in digital recorder. The Memory Cable is designed to allow players to capture new musical ideas as they happen, digitally recording any sound passing through the cable to the built-in memory card.

The seabed of the Zenith Plateau in the southern Indian Ocean is deeper than the Bluefin-21 drone can dive

Flight MH370: Unmanned submarine hit by technical problems

16 April 2014

A technical glitch has halted operations of the Bluefin-21 autonomous submarine searching for the MH370 wreckage during its second mission. 

Metso is a market leader in the crushing segment of the mining equipment industry [Credit: Metso]

Metso turns down Weir's merger overtures

16 April 2014

Finland's Metso has spurned a merger approach from rival engineering firm Weir, dashing hopes of boosting its mining equipment business.

Optical metamaterials have already produced the possibility of an invisibility cloak

Study to tease out the maths of metamaterials

16 April 2014

A five year study will try to tease out the mathematical lessons learned from advances in optical metamaterials to apply them in other fields.

The UK government has finally signed an agreement with Hitachi to fund production of high-speed trains for the East Coast rail line

Deal for domestic high-speed train production signed

16 April 2014

The UK government has signed a £2.7bn deal commissioning Hitachi to build 497 carriages for the East Coast high-speed rail line in a plant in Durham.

Using landfill-waste jet fuel will allow British Airways to reduce its carbon emissions by the equivalent of 150,000 cars

British Airways jets to be powered by landfill-waste fuel

16 April 2014

British Airways planes will be flying using fuel manufactured from landfill-waste in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint as the company has signed a deal to build an innovative plant. 

The seabed of the Zenith Plateau in the southern Indian Ocean is deeper than the Bluefin-21 drone can dive

Flight MH370: Ocean too deep for unmanned submarine

15 April 2014

The Bluefin 21 autonomous submarine was forced to halt its first mission to search for the MH370 wreckage as it dived deeper than its design limit allows.

A new robotic system will take the burden of monotonous tasks in aircraft manufacturing off the shoulders of engineers and technicians

Robots to take over dull tasks in aircraft manufacturing

15 April 2014

A pan-European research team is developing a mobile robotic system that could assist engineers and technicians in aircraft assembly.

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