#Brexit – the rocky road ahead – an annotated infographic

Amid the confusion between Britain and the European Union over what happens next following the UK referendum vote to leave the EU, Prime Minister David Cameron will likely be replaced by Boris Johnson, former London mayor, who campaigned for a Leave vote. It’s also possible that there will be early elections, won on a pro-EU mandate. E&T news reported last Friday on what the Brexit result could mean for the UK’s engineers and technologists. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Brexit – the rocky road ahead – an annotated infographic

Win! Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – 200th anniversary giveaway

If you saw last week’s review of Restless Books’ shiny new edition of Mary Shelley’s much-loved novel Frankenstein, you are no doubt desperate to get your hands on a copy. Well, I have good news for you my friends – Restless Books have given E&T three copies of the book to giveaway to lucky readers of E&T. To be in with a chance of winning, just comment on this post by next Friday (1st July) at midday. Winners will be selected at random and notified via email once the giveaway has closed. Good luck! Terms and conditions This giveaway is open … Continue reading Win! Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – 200th anniversary giveaway

E&T news weekly #100 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the past week

  Jade Fell, assistant features editor ‘Frankenturtles’ used to help marine wildlife in Chesapeake Bay Ode to a turtle corpse May I compare thee to a chap named Frank A young turtle that, sad to say, is dead. While splashing in the confines of his bank An evil boat destroyed his lovely head. So sad was science to hear of his loss That all declared: ‘bring back the loved boss!’ And from the ocean was his corpse once lifted To give back life, as he was once so gifted. Diligent workers set as once to make The saddest body once … Continue reading E&T news weekly #100 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the past week

#Nasa probes Jupiter with Juno spacecraft in July – an annotated infographic

Nasa’s Juno spacecraft is bound for a Fourth of July encounter with the planet Jupiter, in the latest quest to study how the largest planet in the solar system formed and evolved. The billion-dollar solar-powered probe, launched from Earth nearly five years ago, will spend 20 months in polar orbit around the gas giant. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Nasa probes Jupiter with Juno spacecraft in July – an annotated infographic

Christo’s The Floating Piers art installation – an annotated infographic

Thousands of people have tried out the latest installation by conceptual artist Christo – a 3km floating pontoon in northern Italy. “The Floating Piers” allows people to practically walk on water, across the walkway constructed from more than 200,000 interlocking cubes wrapped in yellow nylon. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Christo’s The Floating Piers art installation – an annotated infographic

#VR motion sickness – curing what ails ya when you’re exploring other worlds – an annotated infographic

Virtual reality (VR) motion sickness, a common side effect of exploring VR worlds for many users, could be eradicated with a new system that dynamically changes the field of view (FOV). Nausea and discomfort is a complaint shared by some VR users, caused when the brain receives visual information that is at odds with sensory information received from the inner ear’s vestibular balance system. This new proposed method of combating VR sickness is touted as being easily applied to existing consumer head-worn displays, such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Sony PlayStation VR, and Google Cardboard. E&T reported on this … Continue reading #VR motion sickness – curing what ails ya when you’re exploring other worlds – an annotated infographic

BTPT: fashionable #funeral urns, #smart frying #pan and #stalker radiator

By Rebecca Northfield Let’s just say it’s been a while since I’ve done this blog, so I thought I would make a whopper edition of BTPT, packed with the most bizarre gadgets I’ve encountered this year.   Pantelligent You’re trying to get your steak just right. Yet every time you try to dabble in perfectly cooking a slice of cow bum, you can’t seem to get that fine line between medium and super well-done, so you end up chewing on a bit of leather. Because that’s how horrifically bad you are at cooking. Well, there’s an app and frying pan combo … Continue reading BTPT: fashionable #funeral urns, #smart frying #pan and #stalker radiator

Book review: The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth – Robin Hanson

by Jade Fell  Ever wondered what a world inhabited almost entirely by intelligent machines might look like? Or even, what smart robots might look like and what their uses, design, attitudes, strengths and weaknesses could be? If any or all of these questions are in the back of your mind, then The Age of Em could be just the book you are looking for. In this revolutionary new publication, economist Robin Hanson combines existing theories in physics, computer science and economics to create a realistic vision of a world dominated by robots. Each day, advanced reports emerge of experiments in … Continue reading Book review: The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth – Robin Hanson