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Issue 11 • Date June-July 21 2008

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  • Engineering & Technology

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 1
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  • editorial - What's it all about?

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 2
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    Every single reader, I would guess, has done a Google search at least once. And most of us use it, or a search engine like it, every day. It's even been verbed now. To 'google' is now held in the same high regard as those people who like to 'hoover'. And, let's be honest, it does a pretty good job at finding the local pet store or what's on TV tonight. But what about the really weighty questions? ... View full abstract»

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  • News

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):3 - 15
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  • analysis charched debate

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 14
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    Manchester's public authorities want to transform transport in the city and their plans include a congestion charge. Manchester seems set to become the first UK city outside of London to introduce a large-scale congestion charge but not for at least five years. The proposal is by no means a done deal yet, in spite of Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly's agreement to earmark £1.5bn for a package... View full abstract»

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  • the trouble wiht meat

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):16 - 19
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    'The rise of the global meat culture has been dramatic, with per capita consumption more than doubling since the early 1960s. It is expected to double again by 2050.' With per capita meat consumption soaring, the meat industry has become one of the main factors in climate change. Michael Bond explains why. RISING grain prices that have triggered riots and protests around the world this year have b... View full abstract»

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  • banking with a green conscience

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):20 - 22
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    The process starts with the corporate finance experts who find alternative energy companies that may need to raise money or do mergers and acquisitions work, proxy solicitation or warrant conversions. View full abstract»

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  • cloning cures

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):23 - 25
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    This paper talks about human-animal cloning for medical applications. Stem cell research for drug screening was also being emphasized. View full abstract»

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  • feedback

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):26 - 27
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    Oil price wake up call - The problems created by our demands for energy are all too often examined at a very superficial level, and the more serious discussion in your recent 'green issue' was very welcome. View full abstract»

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  • if you ask me

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 28
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    'A focus on citations could discourage researchers from taking risks in new areas, as there wouldn't be a community of researchers to cite their work' Bob Cervi, manufacturing editor Nick Dusic, director, Campaign for Science & Engineering 28 Engineering & A measure of success How should you measure the quality of research being carried out by a nation's universities? This question has vexed the U... View full abstract»

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  • the eccentric engineer

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 29
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    Justin Pollard celebrates the life of a brilliant 16th century inventor who was also a forerunner of modern technology advertising We all know you need to advertise to be successful. But do engineers do it very well? Engineering is a huge subject and its adverts tend to be rather specific. You very rarely see an ad that says "John Smith - general engineer - no project too small ¿ bridges, spacecr... View full abstract»

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  • gadget speak

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):30 - 31
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    Microsoft has decided to take on Google Docs with the launch of its very own 'cloud computing' package. Kris Sangani compares both application suites. It used to be the case that the reason to buy a PC or Mac was to run a spreadsheet and word processing application. These apps were instant successes when Microsoft chose to bundle these programs and add other options, such as a presentation and dat... View full abstract»

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  • spam or ham?

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):32 - 33
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    Brian Ellis only has to worry about the tinned version of 'spam' after discovering a miracle email protection filter. Do you enjoy spam? I don't mean the canned meat, written with a capital letter, but the type that offers you a fortune in Nigeria, a genuine imitation Rolex, a night of bliss with your favourite Miss or even the latest gadget from a company you bought a gizmo from last decade. View full abstract»

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  • down and up

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):34 - 35
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    A visit to a Victorian water-balance cliff tramway in Folkestone, Kent starts a series of occasional short features on engineering heritage that needs to be looked after and protected. The town of Folkestone in Kent has suffered in much the same way as other nearby seaside resorts on the English south coast. With the annual holiday makers seeking warmer climates, the facilities built in Victorian ... View full abstract»

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  • game on for acceleration

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):36 - 38
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    Supercomputer users could provide the impetus for a change in the way ordinary PCs are designed and used. When the CEO of nVidia, Jen-Hsun Huang, went into his annual meeting with financial analysts at the company's headquarters in Santa Clara he had one thing on his mind: an apparent attempt by Intel to declare that his company and the chips its makes are living on borrowed time. View full abstract»

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  • doomed!

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):40 - 43
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    The executives of the big chipmakers have never been so gloomy. They worry who will survive a coming wave of conlolidation, but will the big crunch really happen? At the IET/GSA International Semiconductor Forum held in London last month, executives complained of the years of profitless prosperity they have endured since the collapse of the dot-com bubble at the end of 2000. Industry statistics sh... View full abstract»

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  • the final frontier

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):44 - 47
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    Sending man into space is considerably more expensive than getting a robot to do the job, so why do we continue to do it? The President of the UK's Royal Society, Lord Rees of Ludlow, recently told the BBC that Europe should give up on sending men and women into space and focus instead on unmanned missions. View full abstract»

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  • bright future for agvs

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):48 - 50
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    While AGVs have not reached the levels predicted by some, they can offer improved safety and new developments, such as automatic truck-unloading systems, could revolutionise the market, explains Mark Venables Several decades ago automated guided vehicles (AGVs) were being heralded as the saviour for automotive OEMs material handling requirements. Plants such as Ford's Cologne facility, with its le... View full abstract»

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  • more gas than wind

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):52 - 55
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    It's not fashionable, but landfill gas contributes the largest proportion of renewable energy in the UK, larger even than wind. So why don't we know more about it? William Knight investigates. In the shadow of Haytor on Dartmoor, a stream of lorries queues to disgorge its innards on to a 35m high pile of old mattresses, yoghurt pots, garden clippings and assorted junk; the collective rubbish of So... View full abstract»

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  • brewing biomass

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):56 - 57
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    Steven Law reports on the International Biomass Combustion case studies. The use of biomass instead of fossil fuels is gaining acceptance as a cost effective form of renewable energy as the price of fossil fuels increases. View full abstract»

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  • the power of plants

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 58
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    Summary form only given. The paper mentions that a new process for creating components for biofuels developed by a US university is paving the way for a new generation of green fuels. A team for the University of Wisconsin-Madison have announced the first direct conversion of plant cellulose into gasoline components. This 'green gasoline' can be created from sustainable biomass sources like switch... View full abstract»

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  • search: the next generation

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):60 - 63
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    The more we come to rely on search engines, the more we find their shortcomings. With public searchers like Google lurching toward more commercial business models, should organizations consider building their own search engines? By Chris Edwards. "Everyone thinks search is typing keywords into a box," says Mike Lynch, the head of search specialist Autonomy. "But that is going to change." The scien... View full abstract»

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  • Search: postscript ...and shall ye find?

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 64
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    In this paper, Web search engine is discussed. At the core of most search engines is the concept of word frequency: words that pop-up more regularly in a document tend to score more highly in rankings when a user searches. However, there are common words that are found frequently in lots of documents. Words like those are not very useful in finding the document you want. Microsoft's Live search en... View full abstract»

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  • Analysis - acrobat 9 adds more sparkle to its act

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 65
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    Adobe's flagship product is a mainstay of many desktop application suites; the new version of Acrobat will forward flip it even deeper into the enterprise tools arena, finds Kris Sangani. Adobe has evolved from a developer of software products for creative professionals to one providing essential desktop software for enterprises. View full abstract»

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  • material ambitions

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):66 - 69
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    Global aircraft makers are vying for pole position in the development of lighter materials for their planes, writes Tony James. There is nothing like competition to drive innovation, and in the battle for supremacy of the skies major aircraft makers are pushing the barriers to the limits with the use of lighter and 'greener' composite materials such as carbon to construct planes. View full abstract»

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