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Issue 14 • Date August-September 9 2008

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  • Engineering and Technology

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  • Contents

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  • Asia news

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  • Smart packaging struggles for shelf space [Analysis]

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    According to smart packaging consultant Paul Butler, one of the biggest problems is the confusion identified by the Cabinet Office report over `use by?? dates. ??Temperature is hugely more important than time,?? Butler told E&T, ??but of course it??s how consumers make a decision about whether or not to throw something out.?? View full abstract»

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  • Orkney gets connected

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    BT has taken advantage of the summer weather to lay the fibre-optic cable necessary to connect the Orkney Isles to its new IP backbone, the 21st Century Network. The 70km cable is pictured reaching land at Skara Brae on Orkney, linking the island to Dunnet Bay in Caithness on the mainland. View full abstract»

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  • No room for space [Analysis]

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    Professionals who specialise in space technology and its applications are more or less resigned to being a relatively small part of the aerospace sector. When you consider the number of people who fly in aircraft each year compared with the number who fly in spacecraft, this seems perfectly reasonable, but we live in a world apparently governed by turnover, profit and market share, so let??s apply the same metrics to the space industry. View full abstract»

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  • The science of winning

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    In this feature from the Hidden Engineering series, the author looks at the history of sports engineering as well as the latest sports technology breakthroughs. View full abstract»

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  • Let the games begin

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    All over the world, talented competitors are training hard, putting in long hours at their chosen discipline, and seeking the chance to represent their country at international level. With the Beijing Olympic Games in progress, that's no surprise. Yet these people are not preparing for any traditional sporting activity. Active computer games may soon end up as an Olympics discipline. The author reviews the state of the growing sports games industry in the UK and elsewhere. View full abstract»

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  • Mini Robocup

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    We most readily associate the idea of robots competing at sport with machines built to human-size, or at least human- scale. Honda's Asimo, Sony's Aibo and the 'house' hatchet-lady Matilda from TV's 'Robot Wars' spring to mind. The capabilities of these larger machines have advanced at a tremendous rate, keeping them in the public eye. View full abstract»

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  • Letters

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  • IP status quo, High fuel prices [If you ask me]

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    Technology manufacturers will be breathing a sigh of relief following a recent ruling by the US Supreme Court which can only be described as common sense. The ruling rejected a claim by LG Electronics that it should retain the rights to patent protection after licensing its technology to a third party, Intel. LG Electronics claimed that its rights were infringed when Quanta Computer used the Intel technology in the production of a laptop computer, despite the fact that Intel had paid for the original technology fairly and squarely. This ruling upholds an established intellectual property principle from the 1800s the principle that rights previously held on a product are exhausted at the point of sale. In short, LG Electronics didn't have a leg to stand on, according to the accepted tenet of intellectual property law. The only surprise, if there is one, is that the case reached the point of appeal in the first place. In fact, the claim was based on a number of issues, one of which centred on who was the first user. Imagine, for example, a car manufacturer selling a vehicle containing an innovative technology, to a distributor. The distributor then sells the car on. The claim in this case was that the car maker should retain the right to claim that the new owner is a 'primary infringer' of the technology, because they use it first. You would be right in thinking that such a claim would be ill-judged and could be viewed as an unreasonable attempt by the manufacturer to exploit their monopoly rights at the expense of the marketplace they are serving. View full abstract»

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  • The global engineer

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    It??s a story every executive will be all too familiar with. High-flying managers surrender their posts in order to spend more time with the family. But now, it seems, they??re putting their relationship at greater risk by staying at home. If you want to save your marriage, leave it behind and go on a business trip. View full abstract»

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  • Gadgets

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    This issue, the new 3G iPhone promises something for everyone ?? even engineers View full abstract»

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  • Rat Trap [inventors inbox]

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    I??m generally against killing. It??s almost always the result of a lack of imagination, a failure of inventiveness. As far as rats go, many people seem to have a visceral fear which justifies all sorts of horrific methods for despatching them. In research, we use View full abstract»

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  • Healthcare's hi-tech lifelines

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    Wearable body monitors are reaching into sports and healthcare as preventive medicine gets active. The aim is to produce a garment that will record electrocardiogram (ECG) signals. The cardio-vascular system is not the only target. A 'smart bed' fitted with sensors has been worked on that is intended to help with the monitoring of insomnia and other sleep-related problems. The sensors take ECGs and monitor movement and respiration rate so that doctors can make better diagnoses than is possible today. It is concluded that the framework of healthcare may change so much that consumers will just find themselves having to adjust. View full abstract»

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  • The great builders

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    The amount of hardware to design digital silicon keeps spiralling upward. Can the tools cope? As we move further into the multicore processing age, it is tempting to see EDA (electronic design automaation) as a vanguard sector. It helped design the chips. Maybe, its natural participation in designing the generations and refinements that follow will help us solve the accompanying multicore programming problem. View full abstract»

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  • Testing the waters

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    UK utility companies specifically in the water industry, can benefit greatly form the use of new technologies and techniques to help to solve pressing business issues and enhance operational capabilities. View full abstract»

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  • Power is nothing without control

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    First there was the announcement by the UK government in January that it wants new nuclear plants to be built to replace the country??s 23 ageing reactors scheduled to close over the next 20 years or so. View full abstract»

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  • Searching for common ground

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    As the European Parliament struggles to pull all the strands of a common energy policy into coherent strategy, it is becoming clear that common ground is hard to find. This paper presents the formulating of an energy policy by EU. EU must take into account the effect of energy security issues of potential disruption, both in the long- and short-term, by sabotage, political instability, and speculation by traders on world's stock market. View full abstract»

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  • Bring me sunshine

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    Ask any scientist to name Earth's most abundant source of energy, and the answer comes quickly: sunlight. In one hour, the Sun strikes Earth with enough energy to power the entire planet for a year. "There's nothing that compares to the Sun. Everything else pales in comparison," Daniel Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy in MIT's Department of Chemistry, says. With gas and oil prices at all-time highs, it's only logical for scientists to try to harness some of that solar energy. Three projects at America's MIT are leading research into the area, looking at mimicking photosynthesis, producing a cost-efficient solar power system and finally designs for flexible photovoltaic materials that may change the way buildings receive and distribute energy. View full abstract»

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  • Virtual reality enters the real world

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    The paper discusses about the growing interest in virtual reality work tools. VR has been used by design engineers in sectors such as automotive and aeronautics for research and product development for years, initially in the form of computer-aided design and manufacturing systems, and more recently for virtual prototyping. View full abstract»

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  • Searching for profit - the Microsoft way [viewpoint]

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    High-street homewares and furnishings retailer The Pier recently deployed Sarian's mobile routing technology to provide back-up connections to support online chip-and-pin transactions at all 35 of its stores. The nationwide rollout involved equipping each of The Pier's outlets with Sarian HR4110 routers, which provide back-up data communications links over new high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) mobile networks. Alex Meek, head of information systems at The Pier, tells us about the project. View full abstract»

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  • 60-second interview

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    High-street homewares and furnishings retailer The Pier recently deployed Sarian??s mobile routing technology to provide backup connections to support online chip-and-pin transactions at all 35 of its stores. The nationwide rollout involved equipping each of The Pier??s outlets with Sarian HR4110 routers, which provide back-up data communications links over new high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) mobile networks. Alex Meek, head of information systems at The Pier, tells us about the project. View full abstract»

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