The near-impossible search for the wreckage of flight MH370 valiantly continues in the Indian Ocean, as the search area is moved to a new location. Now three ships will use “towfish” – underwater vessels equipped with Synthetic Aperture Sonar that creates high-resolution images of the ocean floor – in the search for any sign of the missing plane. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 – undersea search area moves on – an annotated infographic
So not everything goes Apple’s way. On a day when the world has been openly gawking with car-crash fascination at Samsung’s announcement of a projected 60 per cent collapse in its smartphone profits for Q3 this year, details have emerged of a fly in Apple’s Watch ointment that may delay production and launch. GT Advanced Technologies, the makers of the watch’s toughened Sapphire Crystal screen, unexpectedly filed for bankruptcy. No screen: no Apple Watch. It’s a rum old business, really, as you’d think a company that had potentially secured a lucrative revenue stream with the world’s pre-eminent high-end gadget brand … Continue reading #AppleWatch launch may be delayed – manufacturing issues – an annotated infographic
Friday October 3 2014 Vitali Vitaliev, features editor US Air Force seeks alternatives to Russian rocket engines This made me think of other original Russian technologies the West may now have to find alternatives for. It should be possible – at least theoretically – for US engineers to replace or replicate such recent Russian inventions as the first mass-produced portable nuclear power station, the longest offshore pipeline, a space-based radiotelescope with the highest angular resolution, and the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge… But how about the good old AK-47 assault rifle in use with many a Western army? I foresee … Continue reading E&T news weekly #20 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week
Young people think they’re invincible and that frequently puts their health and lives at risk. Loughborough University researchers have created a set of simulators to show construction workers what could happen to them over the years if they don’t take proper care of their health at work. Watch our video from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Research Forum 2014 Continue reading Poor health simulator: What it’s like to be an old construction worker?
The world’s pre-eminent petrolheads will shortly be gathering and munching on fresh croissant as the Paris Motor Show opens for business. One of the glitziest events on the automotive calendar, this year’s show will see the debuts of Europe’s best new cars for the coming year, both the concepts and the production models. Stars at the City of Light will include Ferrari’s 458 Speciale A, the Jaguar XE, Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV and Audi TT Roadster. Of particular interest is Jaguar’s new XE sports saloon, as the British legend goes bumper to bumper with its German rivals BMW and … Continue reading #ParisMotorShow 2014 – new star cars on display, #JaguarXE – two annotated infographics
Stonehenge: a national monument, an internationally recognised British icon. For centuries, people have wondered, theorised, intrigued and argued about who, or what, might have put an isolated collection of huge standing stones in the middle of the Wiltshire countryside somewhere between five and six thousand years ago – and for what purpose. Now, new research conducted by archaeologists and scientists from Birmingham University and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, in Vienna has revealed that Stonehenge did not sit alone within its Neolithic landscape. The research has revealed that the area around Stonehenge was heavy with … Continue reading #Stonehenge redux: new secrets revealed about the Neolithic landscape surrounding those famous stones