Book review: Super Extra Grande – Yoss, translated by David Frye

By Jade Fell  Get ready to enter the world of the fantastic, phenomenal and downright freaky. If you like huge space monsters, faster-than-light travel, erotic six-breasted aliens with strange reproductive habits, atomic blasts, gastrointestinal diseases and interplanetary warfare, then this is the book for you. In the not-too-distant future, Latin Americans have pioneered faster-than-light space travel, as have six other ‘intelligent’ races – unfortunately – and the galaxy is awash is interesting interplanetary relations. Enter our protagonist, Dr Jan Amos Sangan Dongo, a colossal man with a face like an ogre, who prides himself in being the veterinarian of the … Continue reading Book review: Super Extra Grande – Yoss, translated by David Frye

Book Review: Frankenstein – Mary Shelley, with an introduction by Francine Prose

By Jade Fell In June 1816 on a rainy evening by Lake Geneva a young girl created a story about an enthusiastic young science student who developed a technique to bring life to non-living matter, with devastating consequences. The resulting novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, went on to become one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. This year, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s fateful trip to Geneva, Restless Books has released a brand new edition of the acclaimed novel, with a new introduction by Francine Prose and stunning original artwork by acclaimed Mexican artist … Continue reading Book Review: Frankenstein – Mary Shelley, with an introduction by Francine Prose

Win! Book bundle giveaway: A Very Short Introduction

This competition has now ended. How can you turn down a book that offers to teach you the basics of a subject in just over 100 pages? We can’t, and that’s why we’re big fans of Oxford University Press’ (OUP) Very Short Introduction series of books over at E&T. This month we’re teaming up our pals over at OUP to give a few lucky readers the opportunity to sink their teeth into some new reading material from the huge range of engineering and technology-specific subjects available throughout the series. Enter our giveaway for your chance to win a fabulous bundle … Continue reading Win! Book bundle giveaway: A Very Short Introduction

Out and about: E&T’s pick of #technology #events in June

Activities for all ages taking place during June. As always, check in advance with the organiser’s website for current details about start time, and whether there’s any charge or need to register. International Festival for Business Exhibition Centre Liverpool, 13 … Continue reading Out and about: E&T’s pick of #technology #events in June

E&T news weekly #97 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the past week

Friday 3 June 2016  Jade Fell, assistant features editor Asus unveils Wall-E inspired household helper robot Zenbo Here he is, the robot we’ve all been waiting for! Asus have developed a new robot, adorably named Zenbo, designed to help around the house by carrying out tasks such as playing with children, and reminding the elderly when it’s time to take medication. I know there have been a few robots like this in the news recently, but this one is seriously exciting because it only costs £457; less than a new sofa! And this is something that will take away the … Continue reading E&T news weekly #97 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the past week

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