Flying cars take to the skies – the Jetsons dream is finally happening, people – an annotated infographic

A number of companies around the world are actively developing small, personal flying car-planes, many of which are able to take off and land vertically in order to beat urban traffic congestion and enable their owners to – literally – rise above the earth-bound commuting masses. Recently, E&T news reported that pre-orders opened for a $1m (£780,000) flying car set to launch in 2020, while German company Lilium has carried out a series of successful test flights for a flying taxi. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Flying cars take to the skies – the Jetsons dream is finally happening, people – an annotated infographic

Fuels for life found on moon of Saturn – an annotated infographic

Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft has discovered hydrogen and carbon dioxide erupting in plumes of vapour from Saturn’s moon Enceladus. These are the critical organic chemical ingredients that sustain microbial life in extreme environments on Earth. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Fuels for life found on moon of Saturn – an annotated infographic

Seven-planet extrasolar system discovered – an annotated infographic

We are not alone. Possibly. Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 40 light-years away. At least three of them could harbour oceans of water, increasing the possibility they could host life. This system has the largest number of Earth-sized planets yet found, making it a key object for future study. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Seven-planet extrasolar system discovered – an annotated infographic

Book review and giveaway: Measurement A Very Short Introduction – David J. Hand

By Jade Fell  Here at E&T we want to make it easier for you to expand your knowledge of engineering and technology-specific matter. That’s why we have once again teamed up with Oxford University Press and are giving the chance for 10 lucky readers to win the latest in the Very Short Introduction series. Measurement may not sound like the most exciting topic to sink your teeth into as it takes a certain type of person to become excited by a ruler. Yet this book has much more to offer than just a history of centimetres (cm) and inches. Rather, it … Continue reading Book review and giveaway: Measurement A Very Short Introduction – David J. Hand

Book review: Dear Data – Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec

By Jade Fell  When they first met at an arts festival, Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec realised that they had been living oddly parallel lives:. Both were residing in a foreign country – Giorgia had moved from her native Italy to New York and Stefanie, originally from Colorado, was living in London.  They were the same age were both only children and, most importantly, they were both obsessed by data. Stefanie and Giorgia have spent their lives collecting and organising information from the world around them. As a child, Stefanie delighted in filling in scorecards with her father at baseball … Continue reading Book review: Dear Data – Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec

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

Friday 26 August 2016  Dominic Lenton, managing editor Facial recognition tech to combat terrorism in Germany Instagram users analysed by algorithm for signs of depression Some of E&T’s social media followers were uncompromising in their reaction to the news that Germany is even considering using facial-recognition technology to try and prevent terrorist attacks at airports and railway stations. “Facial recognition is the final nail in the coffin to freedom,” commented one. “They can F off if they think they are scanning my face,” a more forthright tweeter agreed. A lot of this is down to an understandable mistrust of machines, … Continue reading E&T #news weekly – we choose our favourite #engineering and #technology stories from the past week

Book review: Telescopes, Test-Tubes and Theories – A Scientific Journey

By William Harrop From the belief that maggots simply sprung from dead flesh to the example of Newton plunging a needle into his eye to see if pressure caused us to see colours, this book perfectly encapsulates the absurdity and … Continue reading Book review: Telescopes, Test-Tubes and Theories – A Scientific Journey