China planning to build the world’s longest undersea tunnel – an annotated graphic

Chinese claustrophobics beware: your nation state is considering building a tunnel 123km long, 90km of which will be underwater. We’re feeling a bit queasy already. This will be the longest undersea tunnel in the world, trumping Japan’s 54km Seikan Tunnel (23km undersea) and the 51km Channel Tunnel (38km undersea). What else is China going to do with $36 billion, eh? As ever with these things, it’s all about cutting travel time. The plan is to link the port cities of  Dalian and Yantai, each of which sits on opposite sides of the Bohai Strait. Kind of annoying should you ever … Continue reading China planning to build the world’s longest undersea tunnel – an annotated graphic

Super-duper weather observation satellites ready to track and map the world’s weather – an annotated graphic

Weather enthusiasts the world over, especially those unfortunate souls that found themselves living on a flood plain during the very wet start to 2014 in the UK, will be delighted to learn of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission. Uniting a constellation of nine Earth-observing satellites, the GPM Mission will create global weather maps every three hours. The Core Observatory will take detailed measurements of rain and snowfall and is equipped with a dual-frequency precipitation radar and a microwave imager, allowing scientists to see inside clouds and measure the rate of precipitation. All the data being gathered and analysed will … Continue reading Super-duper weather observation satellites ready to track and map the world’s weather – an annotated graphic

E&T reader survey 2014 – love us, hate us, rate us, slate us – have your say, we’re all ears/eyes

As part of the IET’s ongoing commitment to publishing excellence (yada yada yada), we cordially invite both members and non-members to take part in the E&T reader survey 2014. In other words, even if you only have the vaguest passing interest in E&T, feel free to chip in your twopenneth on our operation. To help deliver the best magazine for you we have developed a short online survey that addresses your reader habits and asks how you prefer to enjoy E&T content – be that in print, online, on tablet or via e-mail. The survey should only take 10 minutes … Continue reading E&T reader survey 2014 – love us, hate us, rate us, slate us – have your say, we’re all ears/eyes

Radiation leak detected at New Mexico military nuclear waste plant – an annotated graphic

Experts are monitoring America’s only deep geological nuclear waste dump after an airborne radiation alert. The US Department of Energy (DOE) said specialists were assessing a “possible radiological event” at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. According to the DOE, an air monitor detected radiation on the plant’s underground levels at 11.30pm local time last Friday. Officials say no employees were working underground at the time and those on the surface have been sheltered in place as a precaution. They say nobody has been found to be contaminated. WIPP is the nation’s first and only deep … Continue reading Radiation leak detected at New Mexico military nuclear waste plant – an annotated graphic

Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup plans in disarray – an annotated graphic

Half-finished stadia, violence in the streets, accusation of corruption at the highest level, a local population largely excluded from it all – why, it can only mean another major global sporting event in the news. Not Sochi this time, but the football World Cup, set to bring unbridled joy/misery to far-flung corners of Brazil’s Amazonian geography, depending on who you are and h0w much money you have. Four of the stadiums are behind schedule and unfinished, at time of writing, including the Arena Amazonia stadium in Manaus, where England will play its first game. The latest issue of E&T magazine … Continue reading Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup plans in disarray – an annotated graphic

What would you miss the most on Mars

What would you miss the most on Mars? That was the question I asked my crew-mates before our departure from the Mars Desert Research Station after a two-week simulated mission. During those two weeks, though rather remotely, we have managed to get a glimpse of what life, or a mission, on Mars would be like. Most of the things my friends mentioned could seem rather plain – forests, seas and rivers, fresh air in the lungs and wind in the face.  Or more physical activity – as the Mars Desert Research Station habitat is not equipped with a treadmill or … Continue reading What would you miss the most on Mars

Digital device obsession vs #ValentinesDay – the big smackdown – an annotated graphic

On this most romantic day of all days, Valentine’s Day, even the most heavily screen-addicted person may have to reluctantly drag their eyes away from the mesmeric pixels they love so much and instead interact with any significant real-life human beings inhabiting their lives. According to a recent Nielsen survey of 2,020 social media users in the US for its report, “The Digital Consumer”, the average American now owns four digital devices and spends 60 hours a week consuming content across them all. The good old tragic lantern (TV) is the clear weapon of choice for mass media consumption, with … Continue reading Digital device obsession vs #ValentinesDay – the big smackdown – an annotated graphic

New issue of E&T magazine online now – the #Sochi2014 #Olympics issue

The new issue of E&T magazine is online now. With the Sochi Winter Olympics underway, we take a look at where the estimated $51bn (equivalent to around £30bn) has been spent; the engineering that went into the supporting transport infrastructure and its environmental impact; and the modern technology involved when building new sports stadia. Away from the world of sport, we also meet an engineer who made an unusual career change, from avionics to jewellery designer; we report on the latest trends in biomimetics, in which engineering is inspired by the natural world; we learn of a new way of … Continue reading New issue of E&T magazine online now – the #Sochi2014 #Olympics issue

Martian diary: how to pick crewmembers

E&T reporter Tereza Pultarova is taking part in a simulated Mars mission in a Mars analog station in Utah, the USA. The crew has been on site for more than a week and has already settled into the daily routine. However, it has not been all plain sailing. Here is Tereza’s latest update: Going to Mars is not only about technical skills and scientific knowledge; the success or failure of any future mission would come down to psychological aspects – will the crew function as a team despite all the strains, discomforts and stresses, or will they start fighting? The … Continue reading Martian diary: how to pick crewmembers

Engineering success at #Sochi2014 and ongoing #Olympics social media headaches for Russia- an annotated graphic

Two sides of the Sochi Olympics coin today. Down below, an infographic arching an eyebrow at some of the more baffling stories coming out of the Olympic Village, including security shower cams, thousands of stray but affable dogs wandering the streets, disturbingly yellow tap water and the formal admonishment presented to any athletes tempted to fish in either of the twin toilets at their disposal. In a more erudite vein, there is a considerable amount of advanced engineering that goes in to powering Olympic winners. E&T News has previously reported on Team GB’s bobsleigh preparations in the BAE wind tunnel, whereby … Continue reading Engineering success at #Sochi2014 and ongoing #Olympics social media headaches for Russia- an annotated graphic