Posts Tagged ‘London 2012’

London, the history of a city – an annotated graphic

October 11, 2012

Today we’re presenting a straightforward graphic: charting the evolution of the city of London, from a Roman trading post in approximately AD50 to its present-day role as Europe’s largest city. No, we didn’t know that either, but this graphic is full of such fascinating nuggets, so enjoy.

Having enjoyed one of its most prestigious years in living memory, inviting the world and his wife over to come and celebrate the Jubilee and the Olympics in its own back garden, London can deservedly lay back and bask in the admiration of the rest of the planet.

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A brief history of London

A brief history of London

London 2012 Olympics – the unofficial Czech team mascot!

July 31, 2012

A little Olympics fun today, as we share this image of workers checking the hydraulic arms of a London bus that has been transformed into a robotic sculpture by Czech artist David Cerny.

The bus, which Cerny hopes could become an unofficial mascot of the London 2012 Olympic Games, does push-ups with the help of an engine powering a pair of robotic arms. The bus’ exertions are accompanied by a recording of sounds evoking tough physical effort.

The bus will be parked outside the Czech Olympic headquarters in London for the duration of the Games. If you happen to see it, send us a photo! E-mail

Actually, thinking about it, if you see anything on an engineering and technology tip that you think we might like, send it to us and we’ll whap it up here toot sweet.

More great photos like this – both Olympics themed and our usual engineering and technology specials – can be found every day on the E&T home page.

London bus Olympic sculpture

London bus Olympic sculpture

London 2012 Olympics, pole vault technique – an annotated graphic

July 18, 2012

We’re back riding round on the Olympics horse again today, with a look at the wacky world of pole vaulting – one of those Olympic sports that has precious little application outside of the Olympic arena. Running, shooting, throwing things – these all come in handy and we can readily see a human use for them, even if the last time London experienced such public spectacles en masse was during the riots of 2011.

Anyhoo, take a look at the art of pole vaulting and add the Olympic dates to your diary.

This also seems to be an opportune moment to mention that the latest issue of E&T magazine is out now and available online. Fittingly, if somewhat predictably, it’s our Olympics special issue. We hope you enjoy it.

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Olympics 2012: Pole Vault

Olympics 2012: Pole Vault


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