China to deploy nuclear missiles on submarines – an annotated infographic

April 23, 2014

One can always rely on the Chinese for coming up with new and alarming ways to further elevate the global nuclear threat.

Their latest wheeze is to deploy nuclear missiles on its submarines. Reportedly close to deploying a credible sea-based nuclear deterrent, patrols are expected to start in the Pacific this year using Jin-class submarines armed with long-range JL-2 missiles. In the sage words of Homer J. Simpson, ka-blammo!

Quite who they’re hopig to deter in this way is not entirely clear. Killer whales? Armies of enraged mutant Krakens? Japanese fishermen?

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China's nuclear subs

China’s nuclear subs

#Sewol ferry capsizes – hundreds of passengers still missing – two annotated infographics

April 17, 2014

Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry with 476 passengers on board capsized and sank off South Korea’s southwest coast yesterday.

Most of the passengers were school students. Only a small number of people have been confirmed dead so far, with dozens of others injured, although the rescue operation is being hampered by strong sea currents every time the tide changes.

The latest news is that there may still be survivors alive on board the capsized ship, sheltering in air pockets inside the stricken hull. Time will tell if this hope is borne out.

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Sewol ferry: location of accident

Sewol ferry: location of accident

 

Sewol ferry

Sewol ferry

 

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – submarine pursues ping signals – an annotated infographic

April 16, 2014

An Australian ship searching for missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner flight MH370 has picked up two signals consistent with the pings from aircraft black box recorders, in the most promising lead yet in the month-long hunt.

E&T‘s comprehensive coverage of the Flight MH370 story as it develops is gathered on one dynamic page. Handy, if you want to catch up on every twist in this tale.

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Flight MH370 ping signals picked up

Flight MH370 ping signals picked up

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – unmanned sub on the hunt for black boxes – an annotated infographic

April 16, 2014

The unmanned Bluefin-21 submarine deployed to search for wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner on the sea floor, after acoustic signals consistent with an aircraft black box narrowed down the likely search area last week, has been forced to resurface.

A technical glitch has halted operations, with the autonomous submarine already in its second mission.

The Bluefin-21, currently the only tool available to the search teams to move forward with the investigation after the black box batteries ran out more than 30 days after the suspected crash, resurfaced early on Wednesday due to unspecified technical problems.

Sonar data downloaded from the system hadn’t shown any promising findings and the drone was sent into the depths of the southern Indian Ocean again. On Tuesday, the Bluefin-21’s quest reached its depth limit of 4.5km, prompting it to return to the surface after only six hours of scanning the seabed.

E&T News covered this Bluefin-21 story in more detail today.

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Flight MH370 robot sub

Flight MH370 robot sub

Japanese families return to #Fukushima – Japan still reliant on imported fuel – two annotated infographics

April 4, 2014

For the first time since Japan’s nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within part of the 20km no-go zone around the Fukushima plant.

Meanwhile, one direct consequence of the disaster sees all of Japan’s 48 reactors remaining closed for safety inspections, with as few as a third of them likely to pass the stringent checks required to restart. With many reactors staying offline, Japan will continue to be heavily dependent on imported fuel to maintain its economy.

E&T has been following the Fukushima story since the initial tsunami. Read our dedicated running story page for Fukushima news.

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Fukushima return

Fukushima return

 

Japan's energy issues

Japan’s energy issues

 

 

25 years ago this month: In-car radio data systems arrive

April 4, 2014
Radio data systems (RDS) transmitter equipment changed in-car audio forever

Radio data systems (RDS) transmitter equipment changed in-car audio forever

In April 1989, the idea that a driver could “listen to Radio 2 all the way from Newcastle to Newquay” without having to retune their car radio several times was still something of a novelty. Writing in E&T’s predecessor magazine IEE Review, B Marks gave a BBC perspective on the emerging technology of radio data systems.

#Ukraine gas supply gets expensive, as Russia raises prices across Europe – an annotated infographic

April 3, 2014

Given the ongoing unrest in the Ukraine, the announcement by Russia’s energy giant Gazprom that it will be increasing the price of gas delivered to Ukraine by 40 per cent will do little to pour oil on the troubled waters.

This price increase effectively cancels the discount agreed in December 2013 as part of a package designed to lure the Ukraine away from the EU and reinforce its ties to Russia.

Russia is Europe’s biggest supplier of natural gas, so it has a considerable degree of power and influence in the continent’s energy market.

Times like these – and the price-hike tactics practiced by Big Energy companies – sure do fly the flag for the wider adoption of renewable energy options as an alternative to the Earth’s dwindling and expensive fossil fuels. They’re called fossil fuels for a reason, man! This is prehistoric energy!

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Russia: it's a gas

Russia: it’s a gas

 

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – black box pings grow fainter – an annotated infographic

April 1, 2014

With signals from the black boxes from Flight MH370 expected to degrade soon, the hunt for the plane could ultimately involve an exhaustive search of a vast area of unmapped ocean floor. This process could take years.

You may be interested to know that E&T has gathered the series of flight MH370 infographics on to one web page, which documents the mystery as it has unfolded. Future infographics about flight MH370 will be added to the page, as well as posted here on WordPress.

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Flight MH370: the race against time

Flight MH370: the race against time

Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – black box pinger locator begins its search – an annotated infographic

March 31, 2014

With the search continuing for missing Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370, locating the plane’s black boxes are the focus for investigators.

To that end, a Towed Pinger Locator and a Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle have arrived in Perth to assist with the location and recovery of the black boxes. This equipment will be fitted to the Australian naval ship, the Ocean Shield, as she covers the current search area.

You may be interested to know that E&T has gathered the series of flight MH370 infographics on to one web page, which documents the mystery as it has unfolded. Future infographics about flight MH370 will be added to the page, as well as posted here on WordPress.

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Flight MH370's black boxes must be found

Flight MH370′s black boxes must be found

Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey for comet-chaser #Rosetta – an annotated infographic

March 28, 2014

German spacecraft controllers have today woken up the Philae lander carried by the European comet-chaser Rosetta to start preparations for the attempted landing on the body of Comet 67P in November, the first such mission of its kind.

The operation conducted from the control room of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Cologne saw the controllers beaming up new software to Rosetta, hurtling through the space more than 650 million km away from the Earth.

Rosetta’s on-board computers then used the software to wake up the Philae lander and forward its eagerly awaited response to the Earth.

E&T news reported the waking Rosetta story in full today.

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Rosetta, comet-chaser extraordinaire

Rosetta, comet-chaser extraordinaire


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