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Engineering & Technology

Issue 10 • Date 6-19 June 6 2009

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  • Engineering & Technology - cover

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): c1
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  • Page plan - table of contents

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 1
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  • Roadmap for the future - [editorial]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 2
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    DO YOU remember the future of transport? According to popular visions of the 1970s, we should all be riding around in smooth, space-age trains or nippy little cars, cleverly criss-crossing each other??s paths and never having to stop. View full abstract»

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  • News - [briefing latest]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 4 - 9
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    British engineers approaching their 40s come from a much more affluent background than the generation before them, according to a government review of how easy it is to pursue a career in different professions. View full abstract»

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  • Asia news - [briefing latest]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 10 - 11
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    The Philippines government is considering whether to revive the mothballed Bataan nuclear power plant, 98km from Manila. View full abstract»

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  • Briefing latest

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 12
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    Ground stations have successfully picked up signals from Herschel and Planck ?? a pair of scientific satellites that represent Europe??s principal contribution to the Year of Astronomy 2009. View full abstract»

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  • Analysis - [briefing in depth]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 13
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    The Isle of Man TT circuit is an endurance test for bikes and riders. This year there will be a new category of racers, the TTXGP. The event, billed as "the world's first zero-carbon Grand Prix". Although internal combustion engines are permitted, carbon-based fuels are not, and neither are toxic emissions. Veteran racer Tom Montano will be riding Mission One, which its makers claim is the world's fastest production electric sportbike. The electric power comes courtesy of a high energy lithium-ion battery with integrated thermal management system that drives a liquid cooled three-phase AC induction motor that delivers very high torque. View full abstract»

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  • Science and society - analysis - [briefing in depth]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 15
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    This paper reports on a new centre that puts social scientists at the heart of the process. Research work has started at Imperial College London's Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation, the UK's first publicly-funded dedicated centre for work on developing and integrating biological components. CSynBI will move into its own laboratories once construction work has been completed on top of the aeronautical engineering building on the campus. View full abstract»

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  • Letters - [opinion feedback]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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    Rod Duggan touches briefly on what I see as a very big problem when he discusses the plug type used for connecting cars to mains electricity for charging (Letters, Vol 4 #8). View full abstract»

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  • If you ask me - [opinion first person]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 18
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    Sustainability and efficiency are two of the key drivers for the engineering and technology sector. It is not just a commitment to more environmentally aware solutions that is driving this approach. The vagaries of the economic outlook also mean that greater efficiency is needed, now more than ever. View full abstract»

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  • Green shoots from tumbleweed - [engineering automotive]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 20 - 23
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    The car industry is in a bad way. Vehicles sit unsold on garage forecourts, factories are semi-idle and countless manufacturing jobs are at risk. Even the world's most profitable carmaker, Toyota, has had its first losses in nearly 70 years. While the future of the car is not in doubt, the shape it takes will be heavily influenced by the need to turn this tumbleweed into green shoots. State aid for the credit-crunched car companies is being offered only in exchange for a commitment to making greener vehicles. View full abstract»

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  • Racing greens - [engineering automotive]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 24 - 27
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    The World Motor Sport Council vetoed development into fossil fuel-guzzling Formula One engines, instead encouraging the industry to focus on alternatives such as hybrid fuel systems. At the same time, Formula One is pushing hybrid drive systems that recover braking energy in race cars, while governing body the FIA has a 'Make Cars Green' website, aiming to reduce the impact of cars on the environment. But while the lion's share of race car development has focused on cutting carbon emissions, a team of researchers from Warwick University and the Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre in the UK wants to do more. Their proof- of-concept Formula 3 race car - 'WorldFirst' - not only runs on a biodiesel blend of waste cocoa butter and vegetable oil, but has been built with a host of unconventional sustainable materials, including flax, carrot fibre and potato starch. View full abstract»

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  • Waiting for nowait - [engineering transport]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 28 - 31
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    This article presents the opportunities and challenges offered by Nowait, a pioneering solar-powered rapid transit system that hasn't yet departed the drawing board. View full abstract»

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  • Gadgets - [consumer technology kit]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 32 - 33
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  • E-bikes take off - [consumer tech e-bikes]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 34 - 35
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    Cycling is becoming more popular in many parts of the world. This can be explained, in part, as many consumers turn away from more expensive and environmentally 'unfriendly' transportation methods such as cars. Electrically powered vehicles have gain favor in continental Europe. And in fact pedal-assisted electric bicycles (e-bikes) were only acknowledged under UK law in 1983. View full abstract»

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  • Graphical future

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 36 - 39
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    The future of computing is something that is very much on the mind of nVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, not least because he thinks his company is going to have a hand in it. As a maker of graphics processing units (GPUs), nVidia has had more of a walk-on role in the PC. If you want to run games, then you need a fast GPU. But for everything else, the x86 processor rules. And things, however, have been changing, different company launched an effort to standardised a programming interface to GPU such as Apple, Khronous Group so that they could be use more easily to offload tasks from the host processor. View full abstract»

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  • Pils promise - [electronics biotech]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 40 - 41
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    In the 1980s, advertisements for Holsten Pils claimed the pale lager was better because "most of the sugar turns to alcohol". Whether that did much for the flavour was a matter for debate, but for Amyris biotechnologies, it's pretty much the philosophy to getting fuel made by bugs onto the market. The article discusses the effort and challenges of Amyris biotechnologies in getting cheap biofuel out of microbes. View full abstract»

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  • The future is seamless - [control transport]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 42 - 44
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    Together with other technical differences such as rail gauge, electricity voltage and rolling stock design, the existence of more than 20 train control systems in Europe has always been a major obstacle to the development of rail transport. For this reason, the development of a common European system started to be discussed as early as the late 1980s. View full abstract»

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  • Don't panic! - [control medical]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 45 - 47
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    The current swine influenza pandemic has provided a graphic illustration of how quickly and widely a virus can spread around the world these days. From the first reports of cases in Mexico in mid-March, it has taken less than two months to spread throughout North America, much of Europe and as far south as New Zealand. Although the swine flu scare seems for now to have been contained, such events always bring to mind the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19, which is estimated to have killed upwards of 40 million people worldwide. Inevitably, such comparisons create widespread panic and cause untold damage to the global economy, at a time when it is already seriously weakened by the worldwide recession. Air travel, tourism, and meat imports and exports for example are all badly affected across the globe, as people cancel or delay their leisure plans and countries tread a cautious path through their food sourcing. All this is despite the fact that the travel restrictions initially recommended by the World Health Organization have now been relaxed, and that the virus is not spread through meat. It seems that, at this point, fear of the virus is causing more harm than the virus itself. So, clearly, if we could predict the spread of a disease or virus then we could take action appropriate to the level of its threat to our health - and the health of the overall economy. A mathematical model would be the obvious way forward here, but what should be equally clear is that building such a model is no simple matter. Different diseases spread in different ways, and viruses mutate, so a model of how one pandemic progressed cannot be applied to subsequent pandemics. The difficulty is that diseases and viruses don't spread in the same way as the kind of physical systems that engineers are familiar with, so there's no physical law that can be applied to them. So there are many different methods of modelling. View full abstract»

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  • On the grid for green - [power motor racing]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 48 - 51
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    The article presents the efforts and challenges of racing cars to be climate-friendly.F1has announced that its cars will become hybrid by 2013. A Dutch team has launched Formula Zero, a new race-class for vehicles powered by fuel cells releasing no CO2 at all; and the Formula Student race series has added a 1A class for cars running on alternative fuels. It seems motor-racing may yet shrug off its petrol-head image and hitch a ride with green bandwagon. View full abstract»

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  • Charge of the electric car - [power electric vehicles]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 52 - 53
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    This paper discusses the ability of the UK power grid to support the growth of electric cars has been called into question. View full abstract»

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  • Social networking: the business case - [IT internet]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 54 - 56
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    The tangible fruit of Web 2.0's rather nebulous branches, online social networking-epitomised by Web sites Facebook, Linkedln, MySpace and Twitter-is becoming increasingly pervasive in the enterprise workplace; this is a development that's causing repercussive reactions in the minds of many chief information officers (CIOs). Social networks do have the potential to become business enablers if you get to know them well enough. In this paper, the author explains how. View full abstract»

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  • 7's cardinal virtues - [IT software]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 57
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    The latest incarnation of Microsoft's flagship operating system has much to commend it to enterprise users. View full abstract»

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  • Software servants - [IT software]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 58 - 59
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    Intelligent agents promise to perform the grunt work associated with many traditional software applications. Butlers are an underappreciated bunch. Deep down, everyone would like their own special fixer to fetch, carry, and expedite menial tasks. While that may not be realistic in the physical world, it's a distinct possibility in the logical one. The idea of intelligent software agents (ISAs) has existed since the early days of science fiction. Now, some people believe that we are close to realising them. An intelligent software agent would be able to do far more for computer users than a simple Web-based search engine, says Adam Cheyer, co-founder of Silicon Valley-based startup Siri. Siri is to launch an ISA that will be able to perform simple tasks on the user's behalf. According to Cheyer, we are on the brink of an era in which the software agent will change the era of search. He hopes that it will constitute the third phase of the Web. View full abstract»

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  • Lighter than air - [manufacturing fuel]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 60 - 62
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    This article presents the utilisation fuel cell vehicles that could eventually lead into hydrogen fuel. View full abstract»

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Engineering & Technology is the IET's flagship magazine featuring analysis, news, innovation announcements, job advertisements and careers advice.

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Dickon Ross
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