Archive for March, 2012

#Total #Elgin platform gas leak in North Sea – an interactive graphic

March 29, 2012

We have a new interactive graphic on the E&T site today about the Total Elgin platform gas leak:

http://eandt.theiet.org/magazine/interactive/2012-2/elgin-gas-leak.cfm

Check it out.

New Scientist Launches Spin-off

March 22, 2012
New Scientist's new spin-off Arc

New Scientist's new spin-off Arc

Bearing a suitably technical-sounding moniker, Arc 1.1 is the inaugural issue of New Scientist magazine’s bimonthly spin-off focussed on investigating the intersection of science and technology with culture and society at large. With the slightly ominous-sounding subtitle ‘The Future Always Wins’, the magazine is a collection of essays and think pieces interspersed with several pieces of short fiction, all loosely themed around the future, futurism and futurology.

The articles range from slightly creepy, sci-fi writer China Mieville’s visit to a marine biology lab, to slightly gloomy, Paul Graham Raven on the Dark Mountain Festival and the collapse of Western civilisation, to utterly surreal, Simon Ings on the extraordinary hidden lives of shipping containers.

Elsewhere New Scientist editor Sumit Paul-Choudury makes an admirable stab at convincing readers that low budget 2004 Sundance winner Primer is the greatest time travel movie ever made, Simon Pummell investigates the possibilities for museum displays opened up by augmented reality and Adam Roberts attempts to explain the very essence of science fiction.

The fiction side of things is similarly eclectic with newer, emerging talents such as Finland’s Hannu Rajaniemi featured alongside veterans such as Margaret Atwood and M John Harrison.

In keeping with its generally forward-thinking outlook the magazine is available as a multiplatform release for iPhone, iPad, Kindle and Android accompanied by a collectable print edition for those readers who still prefer the smell of printers’ ink and the texture of paper between their fingers. Design-wise the magazine has a slick, clean sci-fi look and is liberally hyperlinked allowing readers of the electronic versions to delve further into the issues under discussion.

Arc 1.1 is available for download now. Visit www.newscientist.com/arc for more information.

Formula One F1 Six champions on the grid for 2012 – an annotated graphic

March 15, 2012

For the first time in the sport’s history, six racing champions will line up on the starting grid of the new F1 season, starting on Sunday.

Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will all be doing their utmost to stop Sebastian Vettel becoming only the third driver to win three titles sin a row.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

F1: Six champions on grid

F1: Six champions on grid

Formula One F1 race calendar 2012 – an annotated graphic

March 15, 2012

As the Formula One F1 season gets ready to kick off in Melbourne, Australia, this Sunday, we offer this race calendar for the full season.

Starting in Melbourne and finishing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, teams and drivers have approximately eight months to prove to the world who has engineered the best cars.

This is a year when the F1 circus has become more global than ever: only 40 per cent of races will take place in Europe, the lowest ever proportion.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

F1: Calendar 2012

F1: Calendar 2012

Formula One F1 2012 season rule changes – an annotated graphic

March 15, 2012

Ahead of the new Formula One F1 season, we have a series of illustrative graphics to share with you.

The first is this one, documenting the myriad rule changes for teams and drivers that are designed to have a beneficial impact on safety and sustainability.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

F1: Rule changes 2012

F1: Rule changes 2012

Fukushima anniversary – read the full story in E&T’s special news report

March 12, 2012

One year after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit north Japan on March 11 2011, triggering the devastating tsunami which led to the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, E&T reflects on a year of reporting the engineering news about the after-effects.

All our Fukushima news stories are gathered together on a special report page, which is dynamically updated every time we report on further developments. Why not bookmark our Fukushima news page to stay abreast of this story?

Anti-nuclear protesters take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. (0546 GMT) during a rally in Tokyo

Anti-nuclear protesters take part in a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. (0546 GMT) during a rally in Tokyo

Nissan car factories in Mexico – an annotated graphic

March 2, 2012

Nissan is to invest close to $2 billion to build a third factory in Mexico, taking the Japanese car maker’s  total capacity to more than one million vehicles. Nissan built approximately 600,000 vehicles in Mexicon last year.

Back in the UK, the Nissan car plant in Sunderland set a new production record in 2011, building a total of 480,485 vehicles, as reported by E&T recently.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Mexico auto industry: new Nissan factory

Mexico auto industry: new Nissan factory


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