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Issue 12 • Date July 5 2008

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  • Engineering & Technology - Cover page

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents - Vol. 3, No. 12

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 1
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  • Eco cars get racy

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 2
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    It looks good and it would feel good to drive. Or so says the Spanish student who designed the car concept on our cover, a cross between a motorbike and something from science fiction. But it's also a design meant to save energy wherever it can. And it shows that environmentally friendly designs don't have to be fluffy, cuddly, green, organic or plain. View full abstract»

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  • News

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):4 - 15
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  • Analysis renewables still off-target

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):16 - 17
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    This paper discusses about the renewable energy. The Renewable Energy Association, which represents the country's major renewable energy producers and users, welcomed the breadth of the strategy document, but was alarmed by the lack of urgency. View full abstract»

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  • Our virtual future

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):18 - 21
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    Virtual reality, or VR, is an old idea, a natural and obvious evolution of simulator technology invented originally in the defence sector for R&D and training, and later extensively developed in every sector for design and visualisation. View full abstract»

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  • Think electric

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):22 - 24
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    With biofuels being subjected to allegations of hidden carbon costs and causing food shortages in the developing world, it has never been a better time for makers of that other current viable petrol alternative, electric cars, to develop and market them. View full abstract»

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  • Eco of tomorrow

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 25
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    They're only ideas and models of course, but these concepts are by serious designers. The Royal College of Art vehicle design postgraduate course in London is the most famous in the world, with designers in this year's graduate show from France, Korea, Italy, Sweden, Finland and Spain as well as the UK. Students of the course often go on to work in the world's most important car design studios. Yo... View full abstract»

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  • Rocket on wheels

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):26 - 28
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    Why fly when your car will take you long-haul in speed and comfort? The Acabion car is the fastest road vehicle in the world. It can reach 340mph on 50 per cent throttle in less than 30 seconds. Beside it, most high-performance cars look like donkey carts at a vegetable market. View full abstract»

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  • A conscious muddle

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):30 - 31
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    To decide whether consciousness can be uploaded into a machine, we have to understand first what consciousness is and how it emerges. This is where engineers may need help from philosophers. Professor Emeritus Lynn Trainor, a long-time member of the physics department at the University of Toronto who died earlier this year, is reported as saying: "What fascinates me is this. The egg gets fertilise... View full abstract»

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  • Letters

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):32 - 33
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  • If you ask me

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 34
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    There's often a gap between idea creation and mass adoption. People speak of the 'valley of death' where funding for demonstration and scale-up is insufficient to support market success. Getting through this valley is difficult - and support is often needed from colleagues, peers and government. View full abstract»

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  • The global engineer

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 35
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    I know it's a terrible cliche, but I'm a woman who's never been able to reverse a car. I'll do anything to avoid having to stare into the wing mirrors and go backwards to park. And when it's a hired car, it's even more terrifying. Nothing will make me take the chance of approaching a space from the rear. I know from personal experience that just one tiny tap in a hired car can cost a huge amount. View full abstract»

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  • Full steam ahead

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):36 - 37
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    When Thomas Newcomen built the first steam engine in 1712 few believed it was really his idea and fewer still could conceive of where the invention might lead. The author looks at the heritage of the great man and his invention. View full abstract»

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  • Gadgets

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):38 - 39
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  • Killing time

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):40 - 43
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    Discera aims to replace the quartz crystals used in practically all electronic systems today with oscillators built from silicon using micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) techniques. View full abstract»

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  • Parallel worlds

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):44 - 45
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    In the semiconductor business, the most popular programming language is C/C++. However, since multi-core processing architectures moved into the silicon mainstream, it has quickly become apparent that C/C++ does not lend itself well to writing software that fully exploits - or even reflects - the inherent parallelism of today's chips. Multicore development can't wait for new languages so developer... View full abstract»

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  • Multidisciplinary machine building

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):46 - 49
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    In today's world it is rare to find electromechanical devices without some kind of embedded intelligence. From production systems, remote control vehicles and automotive subsystems, like ABS, to everyday equipment like digital cameras, CD players and washing machines, most electromechanical devices rely on embedded controllers. Mechatronics is a system-level approach to the process of designing in... View full abstract»

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  • Managing the invisible assets

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):50 - 52
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    The Programmable Controller (PLC) is the most vital control element in the manufacturing environment, yet the development and procurement of PLC programming services is ad hoc, often resulting in efficiency and maintenance problems. Those problems contribute to poor overall equipment effectiveness (OEE ) figures and a resultant financial losses. Hardware assets tend to be fairly obvious to a compa... View full abstract»

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  • Chasing the dream

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):54 - 57
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    As circle squaring exercises go it is hard to think of a more difficult one faced by this or any future government. On the one hand, Britain needs more homes - three million by 2020 is the ambitious target set by the government - to cope with a growing population, more single occupancy households and the fact that we are living longer. On the other hand, climate change remains the greatest of chal... View full abstract»

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  • Turbulent times

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):58 - 59
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    This paper discusses the advantages and challenges of developing offshore wind energy sources for the UK. A revolution that will deliver energy to this generation, and the next, and the next is the one that is indigenous and secure, and where the fuel is free. The new grid needed for 2020 is a strategic, economic highway and it should be built now. At a time of rising input costs it must be more v... View full abstract»

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  • The 'big iron' is back

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):60 - 63
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    Mainframes have been around for 60 years, yet the latest generation still offers advantages over other high-end computer platforms for many applications - now including data centre processing. This paper discusses the new mainframe released by IBM, the z10 which houses 64 processors. The paper also talks about the advantages of using mainframes in terms of power efficiency. View full abstract»

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  • Viewpoint

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 64
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    More than 1,000 organisations now use the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). The accredited organisation delivering IDCL (international version of the European Computer Driving Licence) training and courseware to the current syllabus in China, who have also developed a SFIA-mapped course aimed at the Chinese market. Sino International Software Engineering (SISE) is an advanced softwa... View full abstract»

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  • 60-second interview

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 65
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    The Open Source ideal continues to grow core support at the heart of the applications mainstream, and recently it has been widening the inroads it's been making into the automotive sector. The in-vehicle operating system platform space has been dominated by Microsoft Auto OS, QNX's RTOS, and other proprietary solutions. Now it is being challenged by Linux-based initiatives that could bring to the ... View full abstract»

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  • Analysis

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 65
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    Wind River is steering toward a market where automotive manufacturers will be able to modify their value propositions where infotainment systems choice is a string factor in purchasing decisions - and that includes all kind of vehicles. View full abstract»

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