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Engineering & Technology

Issue 13 • Date 25 July-07 Aug. 26 2009

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  • Engineering & Technology - Front cover

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): C1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 1
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  • $321bn... give or take a billion - [Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 2
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    IT'S A LOT of money. And it's roughly what governments around the world plan to pump into the science, engineering and technology; money that will be coming to a grant or a contract near you soon. It's part of what you may have heard referred to in economics lingo as 'quantitative easing' or 'fiscal stimulus'. View full abstract»

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  • news - [briefing latest]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 4 - 11
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  • Letters

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 12 - 13
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  • if you ask me - [opinion first person]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 14
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    'A common misconception is that university- based incubators are only there to help commercialise academic ideas' View full abstract»

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  • how to spend it - [Engineering Stimuli]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 16 - 19
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    With the world economic crisis, recession means more than just job cuts. The paper presents the strategic spending of stimulus funds of UK, US, China and South Korea. The stimulus spending is allocated mainly to climate-related themes, environmental protection, green infrastructure and other construction of vital public utilities. View full abstract»

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  • Two presidents, one vision - [engineering new deal]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 20 - 21
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    Is President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act a new "New Deal" for the USA? President Obama's first three months were almost as frenzied. He announced plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, bailed out the insurance and car industries, set in motion healthcare reform and shepherded the $790bn stimulus bill more accurately, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 (ARRA) thro... View full abstract»

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  • Broadband Australia - [engineering broadband]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 22 - 24
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    Governments are pumping billions into economies to fend off depression, but how can fibre optics and better broadband stimulate an entire continent. The author looks at Australia's network initiative. In a move that will transform Australia's telecommunications, in April this 2009, the Australian government unveiled an ambitious US$34bn project to extend super-fast fibre-optic broadband across the... View full abstract»

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  • engineers in the city - [Engineering Financial]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 25 - 27
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    Many of the complex financial products that went into meltdown in the credit crunch were designed by physicists and engineers. This paper looks at the role of financial engineering in the crisis. View full abstract»

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  • Gadget speak - [consumer technology kit]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 28 - 29
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    This week we weigh up the merits of the new Dyson handheld and give you some tips on how to cancel your virtual life after your death. By Kris Sangani. View full abstract»

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  • Circuit city going out of business - [consumer tech market]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 30 - 31
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    The consumer tech industry's response to the US government's stimulus package has been cautiously optimistic, reports E&T. The US is the largest consumer electronics market and the bellwether for how any economic stimulus package can motivate high street or more appropriately, shopping mall spending. The widespread belief has been that the US economy is pulled along by spending. Government pus... View full abstract»

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  • Solar flying grows wings - [electronics aviation]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 32 - 35
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    In this paper, the solar impulse environmentally friendly aeroplane project has entered its final test phase after the unveiling of its first prototype. View full abstract»

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  • Save big, don't go small - [electronics chip design]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 36 - 37
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    Since the late 1990s, people have complained bitterly about the rapidly rising cost of nonrecurrent engineering (NRE) charges on chip designs and what would quickly become the biggest component of those charges: the amount of money needed to make a full set of layout masks. In little more than ten years, the price for a mask set went from tens of thousands of dollars through hundreds of thousands ... View full abstract»

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  • Lightning reactions - [control aircraft]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 38 - 41
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    Two airbus crashes in bad weather in less than a month bring aircraft safety into question.The cause of the Air France Airbus A330-200 crash into the Atlantic, killing all 228 people on board, is still unknown. Speculation is rife, and will be until Flight AF 477's data recorders are found - if they ever are. View full abstract»

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  • Safer than houses - [control safety]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 42 - 44
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    In this paper, accidents with lifts are extremely rare, but confusing standards and ever more complex elevator systems mean that lift safety could be heading in the wrong direction. View full abstract»

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  • Cash to go green - [power stimulus]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 46 - 47
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    The world's automotive industry is on its knees, beaten up by the global financial crisis and demand for more environmentally friendly transport. Armed with credits, tax breaks and special investment schemes, OECD governments have come to the rescue of their automobile sectors. However, in return many are demanding the production of more energy-efficient engines and cars or giving incentives for t... View full abstract»

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  • Counting the costs of going green - [power renewables]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 48 - 51
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    Electricity generated from renewable power sources is, without doubt, a powerful weapon for the world in the fight to save the planet and achieve energy independence. However, renewables will have to overcome many challenges, including economic competitiveness, development factors, supply concerns and public policy issues. The race is on to increase the use of renewable energy, but as Nicholas New... View full abstract»

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  • profile - [IT my way]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 52 - 54
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    Summary form only given. Pet food manufacturer Butcher's Pet Care relies on IT that can co-ordinate its ERP systems with its manufacturing base, as the business expands. Its IT manager Malcolm Burrows tells how user-power informs his vision of effective husbandry of computing resources. View full abstract»

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  • An intruder's tale - [it security]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 55 - 57
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    This paper presents a conducted penetration test on a FTSE-listed financial services firm wherein social engineering is being used in order to have access to some very useful and very valuable information. This paper also shows how the firm's data was easily being hacked up because of the staff's recklessness. View full abstract»

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  • The much-loved knife - [manufacturing victorinox]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 58 - 61
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    Victorinox, manufacturer of the original Swiss Army Knife, is a world favorite. The article discovers just how much goes into manufacturing these pocket marvels. Among the factory's new products is the Victorinox Rescue Tool, developed in co-operation with Swiss emergency and rescue services. With its one-thumb-opening blade, a disc glass saw and a glass breaker, it can be opened and made ready fo... View full abstract»

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  • String theory - [manufacturing strings]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 62 - 65
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    This article correlates string theory to a string winding machine of a top guitar string manufacturer in UK, Rotosound. View full abstract»

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  • A networked recovery - [comms stimulus]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 66
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    This 'networked recovery' relies on extending the reach of broadband and upgrading networks to support very high-speed communications. Many countries plan to use their investment to provide universal broadband coverage, using public money to take networks to places for which private operators could not make a business case. Some are planning to spend their money building very high-speed next-gener... View full abstract»

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  • open for business - [europe]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 67 - 68
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    An upcoming European Commission decision will define what sort of fibre networks we get at home. The EU may be donating just a billion euros in direct aid towards fibre-optic networks - carved off the huge common agricultural budget - but the regulatory power that it wields could release tens of billions more euros in private investment. However, there is a hold-up. A ferocious struggle is underwa... View full abstract»

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  • all eyes on china - [asia-pacific]

    Publication Year: 2009 , Page(s): 69 - 71
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    This paper discusses recent Chinese investment in 3G to revive its economy. The government sees 3G as a great way to get stimulus money into the system. This might result in an investment of up to $40bn. This drive may also benefit semiconductor industry. 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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