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E&T's pick of engineering news from around the world

  1. 8 November: Australia passed landmark laws to impose a price on carbon emissions. The impact of the carbon tax will be felt right across the economy from miners to airlines, and is aimed at making firms more energy efficient and pushing power generation towards gas and renewables.
  2. 17 November: A £1m global prize for engineering, which will celebrate outstanding advances in the field that have created significant benefit to humanity, was launched in London. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering will be awarded biennially, to one individual or team of up to three people, directly responsible for advancing the application of engineering knowledge.
  3. 21 November: Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, signed a £13bn agreement with Norway’s Statoil for the supply of 50 billion cubic metres of gas to the UK. The 10-year supply contract begins in 2015 and secures sufficient gas to meet around 5 per cent of total UK annual demand. Centrica is also spending £965m on buying oil and gas assets from Statoil in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
  4. 22 November: Three International Space Station (ISS) astronauts inside a Russian Soyuz capsule parachuted safely back to Earth after spending nearly six months on the ISS. The US, Russian and Japanese astronauts landed in Kazakhstan.
  5. 23 November: Google pulled the plug on seven projects including the company’s ‘Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal’ project and a Wikipedia-like online encyclopaedia service known as Knol. Google said on its corporate blog that it was in the process of shutting down products, integrating others and ending several “which have shown us a different path forward”.
  6. 28 November: A car that has been called “a smartphone on four wheels” by Toyota’s president Akio Toyoda was unveiled by the company at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Fun-Vii car works like a personal computer and allows drivers to connect with dealers and others with a tap of a touch-panel door. Toyota said the car was an example of what might be in the works in “20XX”, giving no dates.
  7. 28 November: US oil company Anadarko doubled its estimates for its gas finds in offshore Mozambique. Results of its Barquentine-3 appraisal well showed its fields had recoverable reserves of 15- 30 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas – compared to total UK gas reserves of 9Tcf, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy. The company said it could be “one of the most important natural gas fields discovered in the last 10 years”.
  8. 1 December: Carillion warned 4,500 employees that their jobs were at risk following the UK government’s plans to cut solar subsidies. The company told workers at its energy services division it had launched a 90-day consultation on how to reshape the business. It is understood that about 1,500 jobs could be axed.
  9. 5 December: Samsung shares increased more than 2 per cent after Apple’s bid to ban the company’s Galaxy products in the US was rejected. Apple first sued Samsung in the US in April, accusing the company’s smartphones and tablets of copying its iPhone and iPad. The two companies are battling over more than 20 cases in 10 countries.

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