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

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

Friday 9 September 2016  Jack Loughran, news reporter Apple finally unveils iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Watch 2 Another year, another iPhone. This time it’s the iPhone 7, which actually removes features found in previous years’ models rather than adding new ones, namely the headphone jack and a real, clickable home button (real buttons! those were the days). While the removal of the button is probably the first step towards an entirely software-based home button (like Android has had for about four years) which is a good thing, the removal of the headphone jack has not been received positively. … Continue reading E&T #news weekly – we choose our favourite #engineering and #technology stories from the past week

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

Friday 2 September 2016  Jack Loughran, news reporter Amazon Dash Wi-Fi buttons launch in the UK Amazon’s Wi-Fi connected buttons, dubbed Amazon Dash, sound convenient and perhaps offer a look into what the future holds for online shopping, but the reality is a lot scarier. The idea is simple: users place these buttons around the house near items like toilet roll or washing up liquid and when the product runs low, one push of the button orders a replacement. While the idea itself is fine, it also increases Amazon’s reach ever further into your home. Already, while shopping on the … Continue reading E&T #news weekly – we choose our favourite #engineering and #technology stories from the past week

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

Earth-like planet #ProximaB found orbiting #ProximaCentauri – an annotated infographic

Scientists have found clear evidence of an Earth-like planet around Proxima Centauri – the nearest star to our sun. The rocky world, named Proxima b, lies within its star’s habitable zone, meaning liquid water could exist on its surface, and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the solar system. E&T news reported the full details of the Proxima b discovery earlier this week. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Earth-like planet #ProximaB found orbiting #ProximaCentauri – an annotated infographic

Right, that’s it, I’m leaving the country – #Brexit triggers EU citizenship surge – an annotated infographic

While the long-term effects of Brexit remain unknown, one immediate after-effect is becoming clear: a lot of people are seriously thinking about leaving the country. Or at the very least, becoming a citizen of another country. In the two months since 51 per cent of British voters chose to quit the European Union, embassies and high commissions in London have reported increases in passport and citizenship applications. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Right, that’s it, I’m leaving the country – #Brexit triggers EU citizenship surge – an annotated infographic

US company in massive EU tax avoidance shocker! #Apple

Everyone’s favourite future-facing tech titan Apple Inc is facing a whopping €13 billion EU tax bill (plus interest!), after it was decided that the extremely favourable (at least for Apple) tax conditions set by Ireland breached EU rules. Funny that. The EU ruling decreed that Ireland had illegally slashed Apple’s tax bill over several decades. It is the largest penalty in a three-year EU crackdown on so-called ‘sweetheart’ tax deals. We don’t know about you, but of all the sweethearts we’ve ever had in our lives, not one of them slipped us €13 billion. E&T news covered the story of … Continue reading US company in massive EU tax avoidance shocker! #Apple