#Nanomedicine futures – colon cancer camera pill approved by #FDA – an annotated infographic

A tiny indigestible camera pill that journeys through a patient’s large intestine, looking for polyps (tissue growths) and filming as it goes, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration agency. In this way, the early signs of colon and bowel cancer can be more easily detected. Down the hatch! E&T magazine covered nanomedicines recently in an article debating what nanomedicines will do for us – eventually. We also have a related feature from a few years ago, looking at quantum dots, nanoshells and nanorods. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading #Nanomedicine futures – colon cancer camera pill approved by #FDA – an annotated infographic

#Stevenage, proud home town of “the citizens of tomorrow” – Pathe film footage of the New Town in 1959

As we glide in to the another rain-soaked middle England weekend, what better time to salute the Hertfordshire home of the IET’s administrative headquarters, Stevenage. This Pathe film footage celebrating Stevenage New Town from 1959 is well worth watching. The voiceover is real and entirely serious, as it hails “Stevenage people: the citizens of tomorrow!”, before going on to describe “the strictly functional surroundings” of the concrete pedestrianised town centre like this is a good thing. Ah, the utopian 1950s vision of strictly functional concrete. http://www.britishpathe.com/video/new-town/   Continue reading #Stevenage, proud home town of “the citizens of tomorrow” – Pathe film footage of the New Town in 1959

#Sewol ferry sinking – cargo overload possibly to blame for capsizing – an annotated infographic

Investigations into the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol are focusing on its cargo and modifications made to the vessel which could have caused it to capsize on a routine trip from Incheon to the southern resort island of Jeju. The confirmed death toll from the April 16 tragedy stands at 185 – most of them students and teachers from a Seoul high school – with 117 still missing, presumed dead. A total of 174 people were rescued from the ship. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Sewol ferry sinking – cargo overload possibly to blame for capsizing – an annotated infographic

China to deploy nuclear missiles on submarines – an annotated infographic

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? Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading China to deploy nuclear missiles on submarines – an annotated infographic

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

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. Click on the graphics … Continue reading #Sewol ferry capsizes – hundreds of passengers still missing – two annotated infographics

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

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – submarine pursues ping signals – an annotated infographic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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