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Airbus's A350 aircraft contains 53 per cent of composite materials

Computer modelling to cut carbon footprint of air travel

23 September 2014

A computer model for accurate prediction of composite materials behaviour is being developed by researchers to cut cost of air travel.

A coalition of governments and businesses are backing measures such as carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems to cut emissions

Broad support for carbon pricing ahead of summit

23 September 2014

A broad coalition of governments and companies will push for policies setting a price for carbon emissions at today’s UN climate summit.

Australia is the world's number two coal exporter

Australia plans major deregulation of energy industry

23 September 2014

Australia plans to deregulate its energy industry, boost domestic gas supply as well as liquefied natural gas exports and cut renewable energy subsidies.

The Koeberg power station some 30km northwest of Cape Town is currently the only nuclear power plant in South Africa

Russia to build nuclear plant for South Africa

23 September 2014

South Africa has signed a $10bn (£6.1bn) deal to procure technology from Russia for a new 9.6GW nuclear power plant.

The T-pylon is set to change the face of the UK high-voltage electricity network

First ‘T-Pylon’ contract awarded

22 September 2014

The first contract has been awarded to deliver the National Grid’s revolutionary new generation of ‘T-Pylons’.

An artist's impression of the future Hinkley Point C power plant

Hinkley Point C to go ahead as subsidy investigation concluded

22 September 2014

The UK is set to get a green light from the European Commission to build the Hinkley Point C plant, the first new nuclear power station since 1995, after an agreement has been reached in a competition inquiry.

Children in developing countries will be able to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills

New XPrize wants to replace teachers with smart software

22 September 2014

XPRIZE foundation has launched a new competition inviting software engineers to develop tools that would enable children in developing countries to teach themselves trivia skills.

Siemens will purchase oilfield equipment expert Dresser-Rand

Siemens chases shale boom by buying oilfield equipment firm

22 September 2014

Siemens has agreed to buy US oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand for $7.6bn (£4.7bn), as it seeks to increase its stake in the booming US shale gas market.

A customer compares an iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 at an Apple store in New York

More than 10 million iPhones sold in first weekend

22 September 2014

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday.

Artist's rendition of Nasa's Martian atmosphere surveyor MAVEN

Busy days on Mars with Maven’s and Mangalyaan’s arrivals

22 September 2014

A busy week in the Martian orbit has commenced with two orbiters scheduled to arrive to the Red Planet only two days apart.

NPL's Ian Robinson with a watt balance, the device that will be used to redefine the kilogram

Kilogram faces last significant birthday at 125

22 September 2014

The fist-sized lump of platinum alloy that defines the kilogram turns 125 this month, but it may be its last significant birthday.

Snapshots of the KNFB Reader app

'Life-changing’ reading app for blind launched on iOS

22 September 2014

Apple has launched a new app for blind people promising to ‘change their lives’ by allowing unprecedented levels of engagement by translating written signs to spoken words.

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