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E&T news weekly #41 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

March 13, 2015

Friday March 13 2015

Aasha Bodhani  Aasha Bodhani, industry features editor
2014 surprisingly safest year in aviation history

Yes, you read that right! Though missing aeroplanes and fatal aviation tragedies dominated headlines in 2014, the International Air Transport Association revealed the year to be a success as flying continues to improve in safety performance. Though Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was not included in the statistics, IATA’s director general Tony Tyler explained there was still a reduction in accidents compared to 2013.

Government fleet goes green with 140 plug-in cars

Government officials plan to go green, as part of a £5 million investment in low-emission technologies they say will also save the taxpayer money. The idea, which is part of the Ultra Low Emission Vehicles investment, includes 140 plug-in cars and vans to transport government officials and equipment and extend further to councils, police forces and the NHS. The automotive sector, which is worth £11 billion to the economy, sees ULEVs as a major area of development to promote economic and environmental benefits.

Alex Kalinaukas  Alex Kalinauckas, assistant features editor
Apple Watch finally unveiled at special event

In science fiction, talking to a communicator looks normal. It doesn’t in the real world. Nobody is going to compose a painstakingly long and vital email by talking to their wrist for fear of looking ridiculous. It’s the Google ‘glassholes’ all over again. The Apple Watch does look great and I’m sure legions of Apple addicts, sorry consumers, will flock to buy it but personally I can’t see why you would fork out more cash for apps your phone can already do. Plus I’d live in constant fear of smashing it.

New Intercity trains arrive

As someone eternally plagued and frustrated by train delays and issues this news is music to my ears. The Intercity 125 trains the new Hitachi 800 series are designed to replace may be legendary but they are woefully outdated. The new trains are a boost to passengers who pay exorbitant ticket prices as they should increase capacity and get you to your destination faster. Finally.

Rebecca Northfield  Rebecca Northfield, assistant features editor
Smartphone app for flatulence analysis envisioned by researchers

Did I read that right? A smartphone app for farts? Now there’s something for everything. Researchers from RMIT University and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia developed a tiny capsule you can swallow which analyses your intestinal gases, sending the data to your smartphone. To be honest, it does have great potential benefits. It could possibly diagnose cancers of the bowel, irritable bowel syndrome, and other bowel-related problems. I read last week how a young mother died due to a late-diagnosis of bowel cancer. Doctors had misdiagnosed her with irritable bowel syndrome, and it turns out after a couple of years, the symptoms weren’t manageable. After more tests, it was revealed her bowel cancer had spread to other organs, and there was no way to save her. If this capsule goes ahead, so many people could be saved from misdiagnosis, or death.

dominic-lenton  Dominic Lenton, managing editor
Fee-free degree apprenticeships in engineering up for grabs

Opportunities for young people to study for a degree with no fees and a guarantee of paid work in the holidays might sound too good to be true, but increasing numbers of apprenticeships are offering just that. Not in any subject though; the popular schemes are designed to address shortages in key areas like engineering. The challenge now is to convince parents and teachers that this is a viable alternative to a full-time degree.

Best engineering schools still in the US

The British ‘golden triangle’ of London, Cambridge and Oxford may have cemented its position at the top of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for engineering and technology, but America remains the dominant force. MIT, Stanford, Caltech and Princeton take the top four positions – with UK political parties’ positions on tuition fees likely to be an important factor for first-time voters in the May general election, it would be interesting to compare the cost of studying at an elite British university with one of its US counterparts, even at the current rate of £9000 a year.

Tereza Pultarova  Tereza Pultarova, news reporter
Smartphone app for flatulence analysis envisioned by researchers

Swallow a capsule and your phone will tell you how your gut is. Just wondering whether the capsule would be for one use only.

2014 surprisingly safest year in aviation history

2014 certainly entered aviation history books. 2014 was the year that produced the greatest aviation mystery and the most costly search of all time – that for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. It was also the year that saw the unprecedented tragedy when a packed passenger plane was shot down over war-torn Ukraine, scattering corpses across the fields. Quite unbelievably, the plane was operated by the same operator and was the exact same type as MH370. Now we learn, to our surprise, that although aviation disasters were making headlines more often than we would wish, 2014 was also, by some measures, the safest year since mankind took to the sky…. Certainly good news for every panicky flyer.

Jonathan Wilson  Jonathan Wilson, online managing editor
Apple Watch finally unveiled at special event

It’s a sign of these warped times when the presentation of a new digital watch makes the national news and sets the world a-twitter. That said, Apple does have a unique knack for (a) designing and engineering beautiful things and (b) dangling them hypnotically before the world’s eyes, driving folk to a degree of distraction that can only be sated by purchase of said things. For these two reasons alone, the Apple Watch will be an enormous success.

National Apprenticeship Week promises new positions

As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, it is heartening to reflect that there have been many success stories about major companies such as Bentley taking on an increasing number of apprentices. In difficult economic times, it is refreshing to hear good news about young people getting in to work and forging new career paths. Look out for our podcast, available on the E&T web site next week, in which we talk to an apprentice, Charles Marshall, and his employer, GE Precision Engineering, about the mutual benefits of joining an apprenticeship scheme.

Vitali Vitaliev  Vitali Vitaliev, features editor
New Intercity trains arrive

As a frequent train traveller between the South East and Edinburgh, where some of my family resides, I will be waiting for the arriving of the new British-Japanese rolling stock to the former East Coast, now Virgin, line with impatience. Yet another change of the franchise is good news, or so I would like to hope. Whatever it is going to be like, the services cannot possibly be worse than those of the outgoing East Coast where delays, cancellations and sudden changes of itineraries had become the norm, and I would get a surprise when a journey to or from Edinburgh ran more or less smoothly and I arrived at my destination with only a minor delay (trying to forget the crowded carriages, dirty toilets and chronically malfunctioning air-conditioning and/or heating). But that did not happen often. Here I have to say that East Coast were always good with reimbursements and would normally quite willingly repay the costs of a disastrous journey with vouchers for another – potentially even more disruptive – one. Even today I’ve been corresponding with East Coast (now Virgin) officials who have somehow managed to lose my 500 ‘reward points’ which simply disappeared from my East Coast (now Virgin) online account without a trace. On the other hand, a couple of weeks ago, they promptly agreed to reimburse £15 for an incorrectly (due to the problems with their website) issued electronic ticket, having probably calculated that reimbursing passengers is easier than introducing real improvements in their services. Well, enough ranting. An optimist by nature, I do hope that with the Japanese-built carriages, the train service along the east coast of Britain will acquire at least a touch of Japanese efficiency, punctuality and cleanliness. Amen!

#AppleWatch details confirmed – world continues to spin on its axis – an annotated infographic

March 13, 2015

So, the Apple Watch is out. You probably already knew that. Even hermitic creatures living under rocks at the bottom of the deepest ocean knew that.

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Tick, tick, BOOM: Apple drop the Watch bomb

Tick, tick, BOOM: Apple drop the Watch bomb

@SolarImpulse takes off from Abu Dhabi for its round-the-world trip – an annotated infographic

March 9, 2015

Solar Impulse 2, the plane powered solely by photovoltaics, has taken off from Abu Dhabi for its challenging round-the-world trip.

The Solar Impulse 2, a reiteration of the earlier Solar Impulse 1 that successfully crossed America in 2013, has set out from Al Bateen Executive Airport at 7.15am UTC for Oman with Andre Borschberg, one of the two project’s creators aboard.

E&T news reported on this solar-powered adventure earlier today.

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Solar Impulse 2: bring me sunshine

Solar Impulse 2: bring me sunshine

 

E&T news weekly #40 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

March 6, 2015

Friday March 6 2015

Alex Kalinaukas  Alex Kalinauckas, assistant features editor
Ford launches smart electric bike

The idea of having a folding electric bike stored in the boot of your car in case you get stuck in heavy traffic seems a bit pointless to me. Given that most traffic queues occur in urban areas surely the most sensible thing to do is to make your entire journey by bike and get fit and healthy at the same time. I do like Ford’s idea to make the bike vibrate to alert you when a car is directly behind you as this can be a real danger when cycling.

Online tool to measure UK General Election pulse

While I certainly agree that social media is going to play a huge part in the outcome of the UK’s general election this May, I question whether a party’s popularity on Facebook or Twitter realistically represents the number of votes it’s likely to win. I mean, I follow Piers Morgan on Twitter but does that mean I like him or his views? Certainly not!

Jonathan Wilson  Jonathan Wilson, online managing editor
Time-space technology shows effect of ‘massive switch’ to electric cars

Researchers from the DATA SIM EU-wide project coupled data from GSM and GPS to predict what would happen if large numbers of people start to drive electric vehicles. The research analysed the effect on mobility and electricity distribution networks in a scenario where electric cars would be in mass production and driven by everyone. It’s going to happen, people.

Ford launches smart electric bike

However cars of the future are propelled – petrol, diesel, LPG, electric, methane, solar – one thing is as certain as death and taxes: traffic jams will only get worse as the world’s population continues to grow. With this in mind, automotive manufacturing giant Ford announced the ModeMe smart electric bike at MWC 2015 this week. While the driver travels toward his or her destination, the ModeMe iPhone app evaluates available traffic data for the road ahead and instructs the driver when and where to stop the car, take the electric bike from the boot and continue the journey by cycling.

Aasha Bodhani  Aasha Bodhani, industry features editor
More than half of London’s Wi-Fi hotspots poorly protected

Cybersecurity firm Avast tested Wi-Fi hotspots in nine cities, with London scoring the worst of the three European cities examined. Users connecting to London’s public Wi-Fi hotspots are at risk as the company claims the protection is weak and hackable by ‘every IT college student’. The problem stems from many public routers being unsecured or using weak or default passwords, enabling hackers to access private data.

Touch-sensitive skin sensors to operate mobile devices

Imagine using any part of your body to answer your smartphone? Well, scientists from Saarland University are working towards creating silicone rubber stickers embedded with sensors, dubbed iSkin, which can be stuck anywhere on the body and will be able to control mobile devices. At present, the stickers require a cable to a computer to work, but in the future the scientists aim to embed wireless methods.

Dickon Ross  Dickon Ross, editor in chief
Cargo ship powered by wind and gas

Are tankers set to go back to the golden age of sailing ships? Using the ship itself as the sail, it might need to take roundabout routes and carefully plan how it will stop – perhaps by turning into the wind at the right moment?

Ford launches smart electric bike

You’ve left early in your new Ford car to make that important breakfast meeting when you hit a traffic jam. What to do? No problem, open the boot and out comes your folding electric bike. And then off you go, whizzing between all those stuck cars. Ha ha! See you, suckers! Just as soon as you’ve found a free parking space…

Fully digital radio transmitter could be turnkey solution for IoT

The world’s first all-digital radio transmitter from Cambridge Consultants – just another step towards the Internet of Things and its 50 billion connected devices – or 100 billion depending on which forecast you choose to believe.

dominic-lenton  Dominic Lenton, managing editor
Online tool to measure UK General Election pulse

Reaction to this week’s furore over who’s going to ‘debate’ whom has suggested that the great British public is already suffering pre-election fatigue before the campaign proper has even begun. BirdSong’s web tool, which will assess the various parties’ popularity by analysing social media traffic won’t be the only application of this sort of technology, but if it’s engaging enough to persuade more people to look at policies and consider voting that has to be a good thing.

Wireless phone-charging furniture unveiled

You know that wireless charging has really hit the mainstream when Ikea brings out a collection of tables and desks that will top your device up. Forget having cables lying around and remembering to plug your phone in. The idea is that you’ll just have to get in the habit of leaving it in the same place at the end of the day – which most of us probably do anyway – and let the furniture take care of the rest.

Laura Onita  Laura Onita, news reporter
Darwinian evolution to help develop human-like brains

Over the past decades engineers have tried to achieve machine intelligence that rivals human performance, but without quite getting there. A new team of researchers in the US are working on evolving robots whose brains develop at the same speed as people’s and begin their life as naïve as infants. All of a sudden, robots – but humanised – seem less of a threat as they make their way into our lives.

Vitali Vitaliev  Vitali Vitaliev, features editor
People fail to see robots as alternative to care for the old

Well, what can I say? As someone who had to care for my dying mother for nearly five years, most of which she spent in a very good care home in Australia (of the kind we don’t have here in the UK), I can assert with certainty that robots would never be able to replace the outstanding nurses and carers who had made my mother’s last years less painful. Robotics has progressed enormously, no doubt, but in palliative care nothing works better than a warm human touch.

Katia Moskvitch  Katia Moskvitch, technology editor
People fail to see robots as alternative to care for the old

Robots are becoming more and more present in our lives, but are we willing to live side by side with them? A recent survey has shown that many elderly people are simply not ready yet to accept assistance from a robot, even as cute-looking as recently developed Robear. But it looks like there’s no choice, really – technology keeps moving at fast pace, robots are becoming more and more useful in the industry and healthcare, and there are simply more and more of them, pervading nearly every area of our lives. So sooner or later, humans will have to adapt. And then, it will be the matter of making sure that robots comply with Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, or at the very least with the first one: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”

New Pyrenees pipeline to help cut dependence on Russian gas – an annotated infographic

March 4, 2015

The leaders of Spain, France and Portugal are expected to strike an accord in Madrid to build a new pipeline through the Pyrenees that would allow Spain to pump almost 15 billion cubic metres of gas a year northwards – approximately 10 per cent of the supply currently coming from Russia.

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It's a gas gas gas

It’s a gas gas gas

#Nasa probe reaches dwarf planet #Ceres – an annotated infographic

March 3, 2015

Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft is to begin orbiting Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Having been launched in 2007, Dawn spent a year from 2011-2012 orbiting Vesta – the asteroid belt’s second-biggest object – as part of a mission to understand how planets were formed. Now she’s moving on to Ceres.

Scientists have been speculating that bright lights spotted recently on Ceres’ surface could be light reflections from ice or evidence of volcanic activity.

Either that, or the good burghers of Ceres City are preparing a spectacular welcome party for Dawn’s fly-by, with an elaborate carnival, a fireworks display and possibly a laser light show. Not many people drop by Ceres, so we can only surmise that they’re pretty darn excited to see someone, even if it is only Probey Dawn enjoying one last huzzah before her mission ends in July.

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Dawn, but not forgotten

Dawn, but not forgotten

E&T news weekly #39 – we choose our favourite engineering and technology news stories from the week

February 27, 2015

Friday February 27 2015

Jonathan Wilson Jonathan Wilson, online managing editor
Robotic nurse bear to take over demanding healthcare tasks

Cuddly healthcare robots have been in the news this week, just as they have been in cinemas lately. In the Disney animated film Big Hero 6, the friendly humanoid robot Baymax is designed to diagnose medical conditions and also act as an empathetic companion to soothe convalescing patients. Back in the real world, as life imitates art, Japanese engineers have developed a robotic bear that can assist and potentially even replace nurses in hospitals by helping immobile or otherwise movement-impaired patients. Created by a team from Japan’s largest research institute RIKEN and a private company Sumitomo Riko, the robotic creature can lift and transport patients in its arms or support those less stable on their feet.

Robotic cat to help treat dementia

Taking the idea of cuddly robots a fluffier step further, researchers at Mälardalen University in Sweden have created the JustoCat, a furry companion for dementia patients. Expected to appear in Sweden’s mental care facilities soon, the robocat is designed to evoke positive recollections people may have associated with spending time with felines in the past, thus unblocking the access to seemingly forgotten memories. The JustoCat aims to harness the positive effects that animal companions demonstrably have on ill people, whilst avoiding the associated maintenance costs and possible allergy issues. JustoCat follows in the footsteps (flipper-steps?) of Paro, the robotic seal.

Lorna Sharpe Lorna Sharpe, sub-editor
EU plan to merge member states’ energy markets

This is a really important proposal that hasn’t attracted as much attention as I would expect. The European Commission has put forward plans “to complete the single energy market” through an Energy Union, in which every member state would have to be able to export at least 10 per cent of its generated electricity via interconnectors. The gas market is covered too, with strategies to assist countries that depend on a single external supplier for gas imports (and are therefore vulnerable to technical or political disruptions). Energy efficiency is to be treated ‘as an energy source in its own right’, which looks sensible to me, and there is talk of promoting EU leadership in low-carbon technologies and electromobility. Of course, the commission’s proposals are just a starting point. The final policy might look very different by the time it has been chewed over by the Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Even then, implementing a single market can come up against the stumbling block of national interests (the rail freight market is a case in point here). But with a general election looming in the UK, and the prospect of a referendum on EU membership being one of the key differentiators between the parties, we really ought to be paying attention.

World’s first 3D-printed jet engine unveiled

Engineers at Australia’s Monash University have achieved a remarkable breakthrough by building a jet engine using 3D printing – and we’re not just talking about a display model here. They say they will test-fly a prototype within a year. Australia’s geographical position means it’s never likely to be a major mass-market exporter, so it makes sense to compete through innovation and advanced technology instead, and the country has some of the most advanced facilities in the world for 3D printing of metals. Global aerospace giants including Boeing, Airbus, Raytheon and Safran have all been involved in the jet-engine project.

Alex Kalinaukas Alex Kalinauckas, assistant features editor
Formula E selects new powertrain manufacturers

The news that eight manufacturers have been chosen to build the Formula E powertrains for the series’ second season is a great boost for the all-electric motor racing championship. Six of the existing teams (Renault, through e.DAMS-Renault, ABT Sportsline, Andretti, Mahindra, Venturi Automobiles and Virgin Racing Engineering) will construct their own components, alongside newcomers Motomatica and NEXTEV TCR. But there was a slight disappointment that Renault was the only major automotive manufacturer to expand its involvement while BMW, a Formula E partner, and Audi, involved with the ABT team, stayed away.

Expansion of night-time services confirmed for London Tube

I’ve chosen this for the purely selfish reason that an expanded 24 hour tube in the capital will make it easier for me to get home after a night on the tiles. For years I’ve been frustrated that London lagged behind other great cities such as New York, which has run 24 hour train services for years. Fingers crossed the services won’t be all be completely made up of vomiting drunks and raucous revellers (although I somewhat suspect it will), but at least it means no more relying on night buses or scurrilous cab companies to get home safely when a little worse for wear.

dominic-lenton Dominic Lenton, managing editor
Start-ups tap into smart parking technology

Whether it’s the seaside in summer or a pre-Christmas shopping trip, hassle finding a parking space can ruin even the best planned day out when public transport isn’t an option. Great news then that several embryonic tech companies are developing services which act as brokerages between people who have private spaces they’re not using and drivers who need somewhere to leave their car. Build them into a driverless vehicle and – in theory at least – you can leave the whole process of reaching your destination and parking to your vehicle.

Labour leader attempts to win over engineers

Ed Miliband and his advisors have been paying to attention to perennial reports of the harm the shortage of engineers is doing to the UK economy. You wouldn’t expect him to tell an audience of engineers anything other than how much his party values the sector and pledge to tackle the situation. Specifically, they’d like as many 18 year olds to start apprenticeships as go into higher education. Is this one of the touchstone issues that will persuade engineers who to vote for in this year’s general election? Keep an eye on our website where we’ll be tracking what the parties are saying in the run up to polling day.

Rebecca Northfield Rebecca Northfield, assistant features editor
Robotic cat to help treat dementia

Inspiration from nature strikes again. I love is how simple this concept is. The robotic cat behaves like the real thing, all in order to keep old folks with dementia happy. The furry friend doesn’t need feeding and looking after, and is supposed to evoke positive recollections from people, as well as calming them down; the robotic kitty actually looks after you. The positive effects an animal can have on a person with mental health issues are extraordinary. One of my family members suffers from bipolar disorder and adopted a dog from a shelter on doctor’s orders, and he is the happiest he has ever been. Using animals – alive or robotic – as a way of helping people who cannot help themselves is a lovely and effective idea.

Robotic nurse bear to take over demanding healthcare tasks

This is the cutest heavy-duty robot I have ever seen. Developed by Japanese engineers, the ROBEAR takes the pressure off healthcare staff by lifting, transporting and supporting patients who are immobile or unsteady on their feet. I hope they bring the ROBEAR to the UK, so I can give this big guy a hug. And then make him lift me somewhere, so I can giggle like a little girl getting looked after by a Care Bear.

Tereza Pultarova Tereza Pultarova, online news reporter
Whisky waste biofuel plant proposed for Scotland

What a great idea, and what better place to start a whisky waste biofuel business than Scotland. Once all the oil reserves dwindle away the country’s trademark product may be powering its cars as well.

Robotic cat to help treat dementia

Will you get a robotic cat that doesn’t need to eat, isn’t moody, doesn’t produce any waste and can be replaced with an identical unit in the case of ‘death’? Or would you rather get a real cat, perhaps an abandoned one from a shelter? Do robotic pets herald the end for real furry companions?

#GenevaMotorShow – star cars on show from #Ferrari and more – three annotated infographics

February 26, 2015

Once again, the world’s automotive manufacturers will shortly be zipping around the picturesque roads of Geneva, casting narcissistic glances at the reflections of their new super cars as they cruise by the placid, mirror-like surface of the adjacent eponymous Lake.

Yes, ’tis time again for the Geneva Motor Show, when many otherwise perfectly sane, grown-up individuals lose their heads and bandy together in huddled groups, to stand slack-jawed and drooling in awe at the latest strategically shaped and painted hunks of metal before them.

Over 220 exhibitors will be showing around 900 cars at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, roughly 100 of which will be world and European premieres. To make matters worse, over 11,000 media representatives are expected to visit the show. That’s a lot of journalists, which in turn means a lot of media coverage. There’s no escaping it: next week, by hook or by crook, the Geneva Motor Show will be all up in your aerodynamically crafted chrome grille.

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Geneva Motor Show 2015

Geneva Motor Show 2015

 

Ferrari 458: zippy

Ferrari 458: zippy

 

Ferrari 488 GTB: bungle

Ferrari 488 GTB: bungle

New #Haynes manuals show #space tech doesn’t have to be rocket science

February 26, 2015

Haynes Gemini coverReviewing Haynes’ new ‘Owners’ Workshop Manual’ for the various models of Nasa’s Gemini spacecraft in the current issue of E&T, Mark Williamson welcomes the recognition it gives to the projects that laid the engineering groundwork for the much more celebrated Apollo missions.

  Although small (you could pack six or seven Gemini capsules into a Space Shuttle payload bay), it was America’s first ‘real spacecraft’, as this manual clearly shows… As one would expect from a modern-day Haynes guide, it is illustrated with line drawings based on the Nasa originals and an excellent set of nicely printed colour photographs.

Gemini isn’t the only subject covered in a series of recent new titles from Haynes that will leave space technology enthusiasts spoilt for choice. Also getting the Owners’ Manual treatment are the Soyuz craft developed by the USSR in the heat of the 1960s space race and still operating today, and a practical history of rocket technology.

Dr David Baker, who worked with Nasa between 1965 and 1990 and visited Russian Haynes Soyuzspace facilities several times during the 1980s, describes how Soyuz evolved from as successor to the Vostok-era capsules which carried early cosmonauts into space to become one of the most versatile spacecraft ever built, serving many roles across five decades.

And in a foreword, first Brit in space Dr Helen Sharman writes about her own experience on board Soyuz and affection for the craft.

You could describe Soyuz as a workhorse. I remember it as my home for a couple of days and my safe retreat in case of an emergency on board Mir. I hope that history will accord Soyuz the respect it deserves. It is flexible, adaptable and has sustained several generations of development. For this and its reliable, constant support of a range of activities that are themselves internationally significant, Soyuz deserves regal status.

David Baker is Haynes Rocket coveralso responsible for the text accompanying the stunning images in a manual that takes the characteristic Haynes Motoring Manual approach of breaking down the most complicated motoring jobs into easily understood steps and applies it to rocket science. He describes the book as

…partly a history of how rocket technology came to be developed and how it expanded and evolved, first through the arms race, then the space race and latterly by the race for commercial success in a world increasingly dominated by satellites in orbit around the Earth.

With almost 300 illustrations, cutaway drawings and graphics, the Rocket Manual describes not only the history, but the capabilities of a family of space launchers which underpin the achievements of a space-faring world.

Nasa Gemini Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Woods and David M Harland, RRP £22.99, ISBN 9780857334213

Soyuz Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1967 Onwards (All Models) by David Baker, RRP £21.99, ISBN 9780857334053.

Rocket (1942 onwards) Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker, £22.99, ISBN 9780857333711

All published by Haynes. Details from www.haynes.co.uk

@Pebble Time #smartwatch smashes Kickstarter target and sets new record – an annotated infographic

February 25, 2015

In honour of the new Pebble Time smartwatch and its frankly ridonkulous achievement of attracting $6.5m of investment on Kickstarter in a mere half day, we present an up close and personal infographic devoted to this record-breaking, wrist-wrapping superwatch.

Key feature: the low-power colour e-ink display that enables the device to enjoy up to one week’s worth of battery life from a full charge. Take that, Apple Watch!

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Pebble Time smartwatch: attractive

Pebble Time smartwatch: attractive


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