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UAV's are nothing new but no one has yet equipped them with manipulator arms turning them into flying robotic mechanics

Flying robot technicians gearing for dangerous work

17 September 2014

A self-organised fleet of autonomous robots could soon replace human fire-fighters, rescuers or construction workers in tasks that could put human lives at risk.

The new material created by Harvard researchers performs as well as silicon-based transistors

New material paves way for quantum transistors

17 September 2014

American researchers have discovered a material that allows reversibly changing electrical resistance as efficiently as silicon transistors but on a scale of electrons.

The European Commission is looking for innovative web-application ideas created using the FIWARE architecture

€80m for best FIWARE-based web ideas

17 September 2014

The European Commission is looking for innovative online application ideas to help improve healthcare, smart manufacturing or agriculture.

First of its kind, a synthetic material created by MIT researchers can change its colour and texture to blend into the environment like an Octopus

Artifical squid skin for dynamic camouflage

17 September 2014

A remotely controlled material created by MIT researchers can change its colour, texture and fluorescence on demand, providing perfect camouflage.

Boeing has been awarded a £2.6bn contract to build and test a space capsule for transportation of astronauts

SpaceX and Boeing to carry astronauts to space

17 September 2014

Nasa has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to build commercial space taxis to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station.

Using Apple Watch while driving could lead to dangerous accidents

Smartwatches increase risk of car accidents

16 September 2014

Using smart watches while driving could decrease the driver’s attention and lead to dangerous traffic accidents, a road safety charity has warned.

A virtual factory demonstrator enables researchers to test and fine-tune manufacturing processes without having to actually build any equipment

Virtual reality factory demonstrator launched in Coventry

16 September 2014

A 3D virtual reality demonstrator designed to make designing new manufacturing processes easier has been launched at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry.

Imperial College London is the second best rated technical university after MIT in the latest QS ranking

UK technical universities improve in global rankings

16 September 2014

Four British universities have made the global top ten according to the latest QS World University Ranking, with tech-focused Imperial College London placing second after the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bentley will launch its new Mulsanne Speed model at the Paris motor show

Bentley to launch world’s fastest luxury car

16 September 2014

Bentley’s upcoming luxurious Mulsanne Speed model will become the world’s fastest car in its category with a top speed of 190mph and 13 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to its predecessors.

TfL has become the first transit network to accept Visa contacless payment cards across multiple services

Tube goes contactless

16 September 2014

A contactless payment system has been rolled out for passengers on London Tube and rail services, making TfL the world’s first transit network accepting Visa contactless cards on multiple forms of transport.

Cambridge University Professor Dame Ann Dowling has been appointed the first female President of the Royal Academy of Engineering

First woman elected president of Royal Academy of Engineering

16 September 2014

Combustion and acoustics expert Professor Dame Ann Dowling has been elected the first female president of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

An update to the IET's Wiring Regulations will be released early next year

Essential wiring regulations update to be launched in 2015

15 September 2014

The IET will launch an update to its Wiring Regulations in January next year, the Institution has announced today.

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