New issue of E&T magazine available online now – the Alan #Turing issue, the man behind #ImitationGame

The latest issue of E&T magazine is available online now: the Alan Turing special. In this issue we explore the enigmatic Alan Turing and his legacy. Nick Smith interviews Andrew Hodges, author of the biography on which the film The Imitation Game was based. Edd Gent looks at progress in artificial intelligence and how closely electronics will need to impersonate the human brain before it can pass the famous Turing Test. Christine Evans-Pughe examines Turing’s late work in morphogenesis and how it’s helping scientists to develop ways to make complex materials build themselves. Was Turing dyslexic or autistic? We shall … Continue reading New issue of E&T magazine available online now – the Alan #Turing issue, the man behind #ImitationGame

100 years of the #PoppyAppeal – a history of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance – an annotated infographic

The day after Remembrance Sunday; the day before the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. We are proud today to share this infographic about the Poppy symbol. A century since the Great War, the poppy lives on as a potent symbol of remembrance in Britain, Canada and other countries around the world to honour those servicemen and women killed in conflict since 1914. We will remember them. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading 100 years of the #PoppyAppeal – a history of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance – an annotated infographic

Ground-breaking comet landing just days away

With its groundbreaking comet-landing attempt just days away, Philae is making headlines around the world. Here is our little contribution to the Rosetta mania. Do you know why was the lander named after an ancient Egyptian obelisk? And how difficult is it to land a spacecraft in a place millions of kilometers away that no one has even seen before? And what does it take to fit a room full of equipment into a payload the size of a shoe-box? We spoke with Rosetta scientist Gerhard Schwehm about the upcoming challenges and asked Martin Whalley, from RAL Space, what it … Continue reading Ground-breaking comet landing just days away

Inflatable incubator could help cut #refugees infant mortality – an annotated infographic

Here are the numbers. Every year, approximately 150,000 babies are born in refugee camps. Every year, approximately 27,500 of these are likely to die, due to a lack of sufficient incubation. A desire to arrest this horrifying statistic in places already war-torn and unstable is behind this prototype inflatable incubator. MOM is a cheap, electronically controlled device designed to save premature babies by providing a safe space for them to be placed in while they recover and grow. MOM has won the 2014 James Dyson Award. Continue reading Inflatable incubator could help cut #refugees infant mortality – an annotated infographic

E&T news weekly #25 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

Friday November 7 2014   Tereza Pultarova, online news reporter Re-entry device at fault but experts still concerned about Virgin’s hybrid engine It’s been two unfortunate weeks for the private space sector. After the spectacular explosion of the Antares rocket seen live by millions on the Nasa TV, the tragic crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo stole the media attention. Virgin Galactic’s CEO British billionaire Sir Richard Branson has masterfully kept the public in suspense for years with repeated promises to start commercial sub-orbital flights “in the next few months” but this time, he would surely have preferred to avoid the … Continue reading E&T news weekly #25 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

@WTM_London and #Travel #Tech Show 2014 ends for another year

The World Travel Market 2014 (WTM 2014) that has finished today at the ExCel centre was in full swing on Wednesday 5th. The event began on Monday 3rd November, and the energy that came from the exhibitors was something to be admired. It was surprising that one could visit so many countries all over the world in one day, wandering from Switzerland to the Caribbean in a couple of minutes.The Travel Tech Show, which was part of the WTM 2014 exhibition, was packed. Holding their free loot and Swiss chocolates, potential customers gathered around the stands. The travel technology exhibitors … Continue reading @WTM_London and #Travel #Tech Show 2014 ends for another year

Rare first #Apple computer up for sale for over half a million dollars (at least) – an annotated infographic

As if new Apple products weren’t expensive enough, how do you feel about paying (at least) $600,000 for one of the earliest Apple computers ever made, the Apple-1? The cachet of this particular 40-year-old computer is that it was sold directly to the first owner by none other than Mr Steve Jobs, at a time when he and Steve Wozniak were still working out of Jobs’ adoptive parents’ garage. The fully functioning Apple-1 computer, personally sold by Steve Jobs for $600 in 1976, is expected to fetch upwards of 600,000 when it goes under the hammer in New York on … Continue reading Rare first #Apple computer up for sale for over half a million dollars (at least) – an annotated infographic

Virgin Galactic #SpaceShipTwo tail system under scrutiny – an annotated infographic

According to the preliminary investigations, the likely cause of the Virgin Galactic disaster was that the SpaceShipTwo tail system deployed prematurely. The unique tail section – which “feathers” at an angle to help the spacecraft make a safe descent – deployed as it was ascending without being ordered to do so. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says SpaceShipTwo broke apart just two seconds after this “feathering” system was deployed. Meanwhile, E&T news reported recently on how although this re-entry device was at fault for accident, many experts are still concerned about Virgin’s hybrid engine. Click on the graphic … Continue reading Virgin Galactic #SpaceShipTwo tail system under scrutiny – an annotated infographic

#VirginGalactic SpaceShipTwo crash – investigators find clues to cause of accident – an annotated infographic

Investigators examining debris from the exploded Virgin Galactic rocket said a mechanism designed to slow down the craft before atmospheric re-entry had likely caused the accident. Contrary to previous assumptions of some space industry experts that the rocket’s hybrid engine carrying nitrous oxide may have exploded, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the propellant tanks and engine where found intact, suggesting there had been no explosion. E&T news covered this latest development to the Virgin Galactic crash story in full this morning. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #VirginGalactic SpaceShipTwo crash – investigators find clues to cause of accident – an annotated infographic