#Wimbledon 2020 vision – All England Club’s plans to expand – an annotated graphic

With the 2013 Wimbledon Championships under way – and ex-footballer and “spud flogger extraordinaire” Gary Lineker surprisingly vocal and outspoken about it on Twitter – now seemed the right time to share this infographic depicting the All England Club’s plans to upgrade and expand their lovely lawn tennis venue by the year 2020. A retractable roof for No.1 Court is the big news, while optimistic Britons will be delighted with the plans for expansion of the Aorangi Terrace (aka Henman Hill, aka Murray Mound), whereby the hill folk will be able to actually see over the tennis courts below. Plenty more … Continue reading #Wimbledon 2020 vision – All England Club’s plans to expand – an annotated graphic

Bloodhound rocket car showcased at Downing Street

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced today a new initiative that aims to create 100,000 registered engineering technicians by 2018 to tackle the shortage of skills in several sectors. Part of the announcement was a showcase of a real-size replica of a Bloodhound rocket car. A joint project of several British technical companies and educational institutions, the Bloodhound aims to beat the world speed record next year in South Africa and inspire the next generation of engineers in the UK. Continue reading Bloodhound rocket car showcased at Downing Street

New #Apple iPhones under consideration – an annotated graphic

Whilst this is all pure conjecture, people are positing Apple’s next move to a range of cheaper, smaller iPhones in the battle for marketplace supremacy vs arch-rival Samsung. Given Apple’s preference for premium products, it seems unlikely that we’ll see a $99 plastic iPhone – that would be even cheaper than an iPod touch. Then again, looking at the colour concept in the graphic here and looking at the new graphic style of iOS7, the two would seem to go together nicely. If it happens, you’ll find us at the head of the queue. Who could resist one at a … Continue reading New #Apple iPhones under consideration – an annotated graphic

E&T magazine – life on the water, new issue now available online

In our summer special, we focus on boats, ships and messing about on the water. We look at F1 powerboats, in which Formula 1 powerboat engineering is a delicate discipline and one small misjudgement could make the difference between victory and disaster. Sailing hybrids could be the shape of ships to come, as the escalating cost of fossil fuels coupled with tightening environmental regulations are hoisting hopes for a return to the age of sail. If not sails, will solar float your boat? PlanetSolar flew the flag for photovoltaic technology with its round the world cruise, but also provided a … Continue reading E&T magazine – life on the water, new issue now available online

Cloud computing under scrutiny after NSA PRISM leaks – an annotated graphic

The Cloud. 10 years ago, no one talked about the Cloud, much less gave it that elevated sense of Title Case Importance. Now we’re all putting vast swathes of our lives up in the Cloud – sometimes without realising it or without much of a choice in the matter. Naturally, wherever there is a vast amount of intriguing personal data swimming about, you’ll find nefarious and paranoid types doing the backstroke in it, splashing about and generally creating unnecessary waves. Neither the revelation that (a) the US government has been quietly intercepting and monitoring all cloud traffic since 2007, nor … Continue reading Cloud computing under scrutiny after NSA PRISM leaks – an annotated graphic

Airbus A350 XWB set to take on Boeing 787 Dreamliner – an annotated graphic

Given Boeing’s ongoing woes with its Dreamliner passenger airplane, there couldn’t be a better time in commercially competitive terms for rivals Airbus to stick the knife in by preparing the first flight of its Airbus A350 XWB. The Airbus is a little bigger all round, so what does this mean for the Dreamliner? Game on, wing-masters! E&T news regularly follows the latest airline developments such as this. Also, check out our dynamically updated page dedicated to Boeing Dreamliner news. We can’t promise it will make comfortable reading for Boeing executives. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Airbus A350 XWB set to take on Boeing 787 Dreamliner – an annotated graphic

Apple unveils iOS7 – an annotated graphic

Apple iOS7 – another mish-mash of vowels, consonants and numbers that has come to mean so much to so many people in the 21st century. The fine detail of this new iPhone operating system is of course already being discussed to death all over the interwebs, following its announcement by Apple on Monday evening. We here at E&T strive to remain at all times as supple as a reed and not rigid as a cedar, so we’re happy to go with the trending flow and throw this infographic out there for folk to pore over. OK, let the poring commence! … Continue reading Apple unveils iOS7 – an annotated graphic

China’s Shenzhou-10 mission sends astronauts to Tiangong-1 space lab – an annotated graphic

China’s latest manned space flight blasted off from the Gobi desert this morning, carrying three astronauts on a 15-day mission to an experimental space lab. The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft launched from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Gansu Province in China’s far west at 5:38pm (9.38am GMT), after the launch was announced by Wu Ping, spokeswoman for China’s manned space programme at a televised briefing yesterday. E&T news covered China’s latest space adventures in detail earlier today. We keep a close eye on all space activity, including the latest from Japan on the innovative launch vehicle that the Japan Aerospace … Continue reading China’s Shenzhou-10 mission sends astronauts to Tiangong-1 space lab – an annotated graphic

Wind turbines: new helium design floats higher for more power – an annotated graphic

Wind turbines – always a contentious topic, as the NIMBYs of the world vociferously protest their siting anywhere within a hundred miles of their lounge windows. Personally, your correspondent finds the average wind turbine a tranquil, attractive technology, calmly rotating like a Flensted mobile writ large on the landscape. Mmm… rotaty. Anyway, the latest thinking for wind turbines is this floating, air-borne, helium-filled concept. Faintly reminiscent of the barrage balloons of WWII, the design has been cited as a solution for cheap renewable energy power generation in remote areas and disaster zones. Looks like a good idea on paper. Naturally, … Continue reading Wind turbines: new helium design floats higher for more power – an annotated graphic

#Everest conquered 60 years ago by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay – an annotated graphic

We’re a little bit late with this one, but we’ve just found it down the back of our virtual sofa and it seems too good to waste, so here’s a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the conquest of Everest. A remarkable achievement (conquering Everest, not us finding this infographic), it seems surprising in retrospect that it took until May 29 1953 before man – or rather two men, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay – finally scaled the peak of the world’s highest mountain. It had been standing there  for millions of years, after all. At the time of Hillary, … Continue reading #Everest conquered 60 years ago by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay – an annotated graphic