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Issue 4 • Date 06 March-26 March 2010

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  • Engineering & Technology - Cover

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): c1
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  • Page plan

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 3
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  • City living [Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 4
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  • News

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):6 - 13
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    Includes: Olympics energy savings on track; Video and high-res still captured in one snap; Dual-depth display offers 3D alternative; Barbie gets geek chic makeover; Logic goes soft to save power and money; Machine intelligence 'will embrace uncertainty'; Aircraft technology wins day in yacht challenge; Northumberland plans wind power test rig; Airport developments to open up western China; battery... View full abstract»

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  • Operators caught out by data boom

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 14
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    Mobile networks built for voice traffic will in future carry vast amounts of data. E&T looks at the implications. The world's mobile operators have got themselves in a jam and they'll have to work like stink to get out of it. While they're doing that, it looks likely that others will make off with the lion's share of the profits that their networks are enabling. It is, to quote a phrase, a fin... View full abstract»

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  • US tests missile-busting laser

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 15
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  • Letters

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • Steam streets

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):18 - 20
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    The age of steam has long been consigned to the history books - but tell that to the city of New York. The author looks at a 21st century energy distribution network. Steam is distributed for heating, hot water and air conditioning to customers from the southern tip of Manhattan to the area bordering Central Park. View full abstract»

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  • How to construct a meal

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):21 - 23
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    We are at the lET's Savoy Place premises, where Dr Herve This is very pleased to discover a statue of Michael Faraday outside the building. This physical chemist calls natural philosopher Faraday 'the most important physical chemist'. DrThis is on a mini-tour to promote his new book 'Science of the Oven' (reviewed in issue three of E&T). He has so far lectured at Imperial College and Le Cordon... View full abstract»

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  • All aboard Tornado

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):24 - 27
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    'Tornado' has passed its first annual maintenance exams. The author looks at the revived skills and the modern techniques that have brought the UK's newest steam locomotive onto the mainline. In the first part of this special two-part feature, we look at how it took 20 years of determination to make the dream a reality. View full abstract»

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  • From fat controller to microcontroller

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):28 - 30
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    In the second part of our two-part special feature, the author takes an in-depth look at the modern electronics that were called upon to bring Tornado, the world's newest steam locomotive, up to 21st century standards. The challenge was finding room for everything. Although it appears to be a large engine there's an awful lot on it and there was competition for space around the cab. View full abstract»

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  • Make less work for yourself

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):31 - 33
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    Design with ready-made IP cores should be easier but life is never that simple, the author finds. In the ten years or so that it has taken for design reuse, or design with IP, to go from a niche interest to mainstream chip implementation, teams have developed an understanding of what it can do for them, and how to budget accordingly. However, there are still surprises to be negotiated, as some asp... View full abstract»

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  • Is the Ipad a game changer?

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):34 - 35
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    Three years ago, netbooks exploded onto the scene revolutionising the IT sector, effectively killing Microsoft's Ultra-Mobile PC concept overnight and speeding up convergence between the technology and telecoms sectors. However, while everyone from Microsoft to Carphone Warehouse rushed to make the most of this new type of device, one company stood quietly on the sidelines: Apple. Despite having t... View full abstract»

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  • Magnetism on a roll

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):36 - 39
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    The rollout of active magnetic bearings puts a new spin on bearing control. To many people, magnetic levitation conjures up images of trains like the Shanghai Transrapid, the world's first commercial high-speed maglev service which shuttles about 7,500 passengers a day at up to 270mph between the city centre and Pudong International Airport. View full abstract»

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  • A mess of standards

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):40 - 41
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    Panicky back-pedalling on new safety standards caused engineers and machine builders headaches at the end of last year, and that's just the start of it, says Dr Martin Payn, Division & UK customer assurance manager of Parker SSD Drives Europe. The need to prevent dangerous failures means that any dawdling over standards uptake could have a catastrophic effect. View full abstract»

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  • Urban eco-warriors

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):42 - 45
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    Designed and constructed by 22 University of Kansas architecture students, electricity is provided by three 600W turbines to the rear of the building while solar PV panels are sited on the ground and roof. Solar lighting is installed, recycled building materials have been used and a geothermal heat pump heats and cools the building. Rainwater, harvested through gutters and down-spouts into a ciste... View full abstract»

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  • The day the samba stopped

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):46 - 47
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    As far as power failures go, few can match the dubious record set by Brazil last year. On the night of 10 November, nearly 70 million people were left in the dark some of them for up to five hours in an incident that is still being investigated by national authorities. The massive blackout affected not only 18 of Brazil's 27 states, but also the entire population of Paraguay. Sao Paulo and Rio de ... View full abstract»

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  • Whose CO2 is it anyway?

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):48 - 50
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    The launch next month of the UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme - EES - will mark a major change in how organisations control and pay for the energy they consume, and in the extent to which they accept a responsibility for shaping their overall emissions profile. It is a legislative push that has divided industry opinion like no other regulation in recent years. The CR... View full abstract»

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  • Protecting the process

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):51 - 53
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    The author mentions that building software using a team of multiple programmers working from different time zones brings production efficiencies, but managing the source code effectively is essential. Mention source code management (SCM) to most developers, and there is the strong possibility that they will think about version control of individual source-code files. At its most basic, version con... View full abstract»

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  • Recall and reboot

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):54 - 55
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    Toyota's recent recall of almost half a million Prius and other hybrid cars to fix an issue with their braking system is hugely important to the motor industry. It's partly down to the sheer embarrassment to Toyota the company that pretty much invented lean manufacturing. Recent high-profile problems with Toyota and Ford cars have involved software fixes, not mechanical ones. This paper investigat... View full abstract»

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  • How to survive with high costs

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):56 - 59
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    Located in central Germany between the urban hotspots of Frankfurt, Cologne and Diisseldorf, Ratingen is a modest town of under 100,000 inhabitants with little in the way of history, and few famous sons outside Germany, at least. Yet there will be E&T readers around the world whose mains electricity supply is dependent on Ratingen and its industrial products, as nestling in the shadows of the ... View full abstract»

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  • Baby steps to a big footprint

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):60 - 63
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    Some people have had satellite TV for so long that, like mobile telephony, they take it for granted. Services such as Sky and Freesat are an established part of the telecommunications landscape. It means that those outside the satellite industry the ground-huggers of terrestrial broadcasting and cable tend to overlook the role of satellites in expanding broadcasting. March 2010 marks the 25th anni... View full abstract»

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  • Greening the global network

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):64 - 65
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    The global communications network has grown so quickly that its energy use is becoming a problem. View full abstract»

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  • Fair share prices?

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):66 - 67
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    Some engineering companies have unveiled weighty profits lately but not weighty enough, according to the stock market. So why exactly are those share prices tumbling? And on whose say so? Guy Clapperton explains. View full abstract»

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  • Economy of the living dead

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):68 - 69
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    According to some commentators we've now entered the 'Zombie Economy' phase of the recession. But what does this mean for the engineering sector? E&T flips through a new book on the topic. View full abstract»

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