E&T news weekly #96 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the past week

Friday 27 May 2016  Rebecca Northfield, assistant features editor Paul McCartney releasing virtual reality song featurettes We wrote about virtual reality and Paul McCartney recently when the April 2016 issue of E&T focused on VR. Old McCartney was ahead of the game: he released a VR video with Jaunt of ‘Live and Let Die’ performed at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. He’s partnered up with the 360-degree platform again and he’s releasing VR documentary short films, so we can have a sneak peek of his home studio and feel like we’re there with the old crooner. In the future, when … Continue reading E&T news weekly #96 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the past week

Tech books and media: How #Bismarck was built, then sunk with Bletchley’s help

The British Navy’s pursuit and sinking of German battleship The Bismarck is one of the epic sea battles of the Second World War. The success of the mission, following Bismarck’s sinking of the battlecruiser HMS Hood in May 1941, was down to the bravery of Allied crews; less well known is the part played by technology developed by codebreakers at Bletchley Park. The story of how pioneering techniques like direction finding and traffic analysis that emerged from the Bletchley Park operation helped locate the flagship of the German fleet is the subject a new episode of the always fascinating Bletchley … Continue reading Tech books and media: How #Bismarck was built, then sunk with Bletchley’s help

New book blog: How #rovers will lead the way to #Mars and beyond

Recent news from the European Space Agency and its Russian counterpart Roscomos that their ExoMars Martian rover is facing a two-year delay, which may see it beaten to the Red Planet by a similar Chinese project was unfortunately timed. It came just a few days after a prototype was navigated through a simulated Martian landscape at the Stevenage premises of manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space by UK astronaut Tim Peake, steering from the International Space Station. The experiment, in which Peake had to use the rover to find several objects inside a cave, demonstrated the sort of situation where vehicles … Continue reading New book blog: How #rovers will lead the way to #Mars and beyond

Astronaut vs sailor – who’s better connected? – an annotated infographic

  A nice Friday afternoon infographic supplied by our friends at Media works and Global Navigation Solutions, illustrating the connectivity woes of sailors at sea. All you land-lovers should feel thankful you are never far from a reliable WiFi signal, some people aren’t so lucky. Using findings from the 2015 Crew Connectivity Survey and information from NASA and The Atlantic, the piece details just how well connected sailors are – the answer being a resounding ‘not very’. Continue reading Astronaut vs sailor – who’s better connected? – an annotated infographic

E&T news weekly #95 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

Friday 20 May 2016  Jade Fell, assistant features editor Twitter’s 140-character limit to exclude photos and links I can’t help but feel a little sceptical about this, seeing as how I commented on a very similar Twitter story back when I first started working for E&T several months ago. I was so full of hope that I could utilise the full force of the oh-so-pathetic 140-character Twitter ration without having to worry about my excellent photos snatching away my precious rant space. Have you any idea how many incredibly important Tweets have been cut short by this ridiculous limit? Too … Continue reading E&T news weekly #95 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

Luxury cruise to conquer Northwest Passage – #climatechange win for pointless tourism – an annotated infographic

The first large-scale passenger cruise ship – the disingenuously named Crystal Serenity – is scheduled to sail through the Northwest Passage, the Arctic sea route made navigable by steadily shrinking ice cover. The route has never before been attempted by a ship of this size. Whether this is a marvelous new opportunity for regular Joes to traverse the Arctic region in relative comfort or a sad and damning indictment of climate change irrevocably erasing a pristine natural wilderness, we’ll leave that for you to decide. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Luxury cruise to conquer Northwest Passage – #climatechange win for pointless tourism – an annotated infographic

New issue of E&T Magazine now online – the Smart City issue – do you live in one?

Where is the smartest city in the world? What does it look like today? How will it look in the future? These are the questions we set out to answer in our Smart City issue. Conceptually, the Smart City lies where the Internet of Things meets the future of built environment, renewables, transport and growing city populations. Sensors in everything, big data and fast communications networks will provide more efficient use of shared resources, a more pleasant city environment and unimaginable new services. Life will be very different in the future city. Apparently. This has got us wondering what life … Continue reading New issue of E&T Magazine now online – the Smart City issue – do you live in one?

E&T news weekly #94 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

Friday 13 May 2016  Dickon Ross, editor in chief Methane-capture clothes developed to absorb greenhouse gases Everything it seems is going ‘smart’ but that term can mean lots of things. Usually, that means putting ‘intelligence’ – through integrating electronics and software – into otherwise ordinary products, but sometimes it implies it’s clever in another way, being better for the environment for example. Smart clothing usually means wearable electronics but a few research projects are working on sustainable clothing made out of textiles that incorporates greenhouse gases. This can have a double benefit in that it acts as a ‘sink’ for … Continue reading E&T news weekly #94 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

North Korea succeeds in firing ballistic missile vertically from submarine – an annotated infographic

Analysts say North Korea’s latest test launch of a KN-11 missile shows Pyongyang has succeeded in developing “cold launch” technology, which means it can fire a ballistic missile vertically from a submarine. The sub-launched KN-11 ballistic missile is powered by the newly developed high-power solid fuel engine. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading North Korea succeeds in firing ballistic missile vertically from submarine – an annotated infographic

IET events this May – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

This month the IET’s local and technical networks are holding a great variety of events – many of which will interest students and young engineers. There are a number of courses and workshops available for example, covering everything from negotiation and presenting through to technical report writing and TRIZ problem-solving methodology. In addition there is an assortment of technical visits taking place both in the UK and overseas, giving the technically-minded a chance to go inside businesses such as GKN Aerospace, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Air Salvage International and Renishaw PLC. Present Around the World local heats and regional … Continue reading IET events this May – #engineering and technology dates for your diary