Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – airlines ban flights over trouble hot spots – an annotated infographic

Airlines around the world are addressing global trouble spots by cancelling or rerouting flights to avoid them. A new sense of urgency is being displayed in dealing with global trouble spots, following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine. U.S. and European airlines have already cancelled flights to Israel’s Tel Aviv airport due to the ongoing conflict there. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – airlines ban flights over trouble hot spots – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – clues to the plane’s final moments – an annotated infographic

Aviation and defence experts say that chemical residue on wreckage could confirm the type of weapon that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The location of debris could yield information on how the attack unfolded and evidence of shrapnel in aircraft panels could confirm that the plane was hit by a SA-11 Buk missile. The black boxes could offer vital clues as well, with the explosion captured by the cockpit voice recorder, and the data recorders, which register altitude and position, would be able to tie that information to the timing of any known missile launch in the area detected … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – clues to the plane’s final moments – an annotated infographic

@UN World Urbanization Prospects report – half the world lives in urban areas – an annotated infographic

According to figures featured in the UN’s World Urbanization Prospects report, more than half of the global population currently lives in urban areas. That proportion is projected to reach two-thirds by 2050. So much for the vaunted dream of giving up the rat race and escaping to the country. Seems like the rat race is most definitely still on and is picking up speed. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading @UN World Urbanization Prospects report – half the world lives in urban areas – an annotated infographic

Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – facts, rumours, accusations and threats – FOUR annotated infographics

With investigations in to precisely what happened and who was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 moving considerably faster than the investigations in to precisely what happened and who was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, here we offer four infographics. These range from the first news of the incident (bottom), when only the bare facts of the plane’s crash were known, up to the most recent direct accusation of Russian complicity in the attack, as voiced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (top). For the latest facts, revelations, nation accusations and on-the-spot … Continue reading Malaysia Airlines #MH17 – facts, rumours, accusations and threats – FOUR annotated infographics

#FormulaE Championship 2014-2015 – race season details – two annotated infographics

Later this year, ten cities around the world will play host to an experiment to use racing to push electric vehicle design as Formula E takes to the streets. In the spring of 2011 Jean Todt of Formula One’s organising body FIA said it was time for the organisation to look at a type of race that would showcase technologies designed to deal with the environmental problems of motor transport. In September of this year, the 11 teams with all-electric open-wheeled race cars will head to one of the most polluted cities on Earth – Beijing – to kick off … Continue reading #FormulaE Championship 2014-2015 – race season details – two annotated infographics

E&T magazine – engineering and technology goes outdoors in our wild issue – available online now

The new issue of E&T magazine is available online now: this time, it’s the wild issue. Grrr. It’s our summer special, which comes with a sense of adventure and a taste for the big outdoors and wild animals. Engineering and technology reach into every corner of our planet, no matter how wild and remote, and that reach is growing as technologies get smaller, cheaper and more capable. We look at how drones, once the expensive preserve of military and other western government budgets, are flying into the far-flung corners of the world, finding new life-or-death roles in detecting poachers in … Continue reading E&T magazine – engineering and technology goes outdoors in our wild issue – available online now

#CostaConcordia cruise ship wreck refloated for scrap – an annotated infographic

Italian engineers have started an operation to refloat the Costa Concordia in preparations for the wreck to be towed away for scrap. The once luxurious 290-metre long cruise ship, now covered with rust, has been raised approximately two metres from the platform on which it has been resting since it was first lifted from the seabed about a year ago. To lift the shipwreck, the engineers pumped air into 30 large metal boxes, or sponsons, attached around the hull of the 114,500 tonne ship. The air forced out the water in the sponsons, lifting the vessel off the underwater platform. … Continue reading #CostaConcordia cruise ship wreck refloated for scrap – an annotated infographic

E&T news weekly #10 – we choose our favourite news stories from the week

Friday July 11 2014   Faster Wi-Fi for UK commuter trains Nowadays, every commuter expects freely available and faster Wi-Fi on their travels, well thanks to Network Rail failing to meet punctuality targets; part of its multimillion-pound penalty will go towards installing faster Wi-Fi speeds on trains. The project is expected to last over a four year period, as commuters travelling on busy routes across England and Wales, such as London, Bedford, Brighton, Portsmouth and Leeds will experiences faster internet access. Daily digital banking transactions near £1bn in UK Digital banking is finally being embraced by the British public as … Continue reading E&T news weekly #10 – we choose our favourite news stories from the week

ExoMars: Meet Bridget, Brian and Bruno

One of the most exciting projects currently under way in the European space sector – ExoMars – a mission to land the first European rover on Mars. About a third of the size of Curiosity, its American older brother, ExoMars will search for signs of past and present life under the surface of the Red Planet. E&T Magazine’s reporter Tereza Pultarova visited the facilities of Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, the UK, where this fascinating project is being brought to life. The ExoMars engineers built a Mars Yard inside Airbus’s facilities in Stevenage, to test the rover in real-life … Continue reading ExoMars: Meet Bridget, Brian and Bruno

E&T celebrates its 500th blog post @WordPressdotcom

With one triumphant press of the Publish button, we deliver the 500th post on our WordPress blog. From humble beginnings in 2010, we have subsequently welcomed over 250,000 visitors, whom we have hopefully entertained and informed with our broad, technical coverage of engineering and technology matters. Naturally, the E&T team were cock-a-hoop at the news of this blogging landmark. There were some felicitous words of congratulations. Then someone suggested we go to the pub to celebrate. We went to our local, The Electromagnetic Inductor’s Arms. The bartender is an idiot, but he serves a decent pint.   There was some … Continue reading E&T celebrates its 500th blog post @WordPressdotcom