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Engineering & Technology

Issue 5 • Date 27 March-23 April 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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  • What's up with mash-ups? [Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 4
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    Mash-ups. What on earth, I suspect some of you will be thinking, is a mash-up? Well, you'll probably know it when you see it. Or hear it. Or experience it. It means different things in different circumstances - it will mean one thing to a DJ, for example, and something else to a Web designer. View full abstract»

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  • News

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 5 - 10
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    Includes: Europeans go online To window shop; Nanofluids partners to research new coolants; Government publishes nanotechnologies strategy; If you were PM...; Engineering sets out its election manifesto; One scare story we don't need; Sea surveyor that never needs refuelling; US plans unmanned submarine hunter; Transistors build high for cheaper DRAM; Staying connected in the air; MEMS in a metal ... View full abstract»

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  • Mixed signals trouble component suppliers [Analysis]

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 11
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    The electronics business is facing low demand coupled with spasmodic bursts of orders. E&T discovers that uncertainty is causing problems in the supply chain. The semiconductor industry is entering what is likely to be a lengthy period of component shortages, with some parts already being rationed while lead times on others move further and further out. Quizzed at this month's Embedded World s... View full abstract»

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  • Asia news

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 12
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    Includes: Singapore invests in clean-tech development; Lattice opens Asia operations centre View full abstract»

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  • Barcode scanning aids Haiti relief efforts

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 13
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    Salvation army relief workers in Haiti are replacing handwritten paper index cards with a barcode-based tracking system to manage the distribution of food, shelter and medical supplies to families in a temporary camp in Port-au- Prince. Delivery and logistics firm UPS has donated and adapted the software. View full abstract»

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  • Chile's challenges [Analysis]

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 14 - 15
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    E&T considers some of the infrastructure deficiencies that the Chilean earthquake brought to light. When, in the early hours of 27 February the first reports emerged that a very powerful earthquake had struck Chile, seismologists, geologists, earth scientists and structural engineers all breathed a cautious sigh of relief. No matter how violent this latest tectonic movement might have been, Ch... View full abstract»

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  • Letters

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 16 - 17
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  • A sophisticated mess?

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 18 - 21
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    'Mash-up' has become more commonly associated with the merging of software, in particular websites or applications built using content from more than one source to create a new service. Typical examples include Nightfeed which combines social networking sites such as Facebook with Google maps to help you find the most popular nightlife in your area; Twittervision ,which displays Twitter posts on a... View full abstract»

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  • Trying for Argentina

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 22 - 25
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    Argentine technology includes fast cars, space exploration and other achievements. For cosmic rays tracking Argentina has the Pierre Auger Observatory. The country also has the AMIGA (Auger Muons and Infill for the Ground Array), a new particle detection system. View full abstract»

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  • Design first

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 26 - 27
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    At CeBit you can see the latest do-it-all gadgets but if it's good design you want, seek out the iF awards pavilion. E&T gives a run-down of the sleekest offerings. 'Good design isn't born of marketing, it's created by designers.' That was the conclusion of the jury for this year's iF product design awards from the International Forum Design as it announced this year's 50 gold award winners on... View full abstract»

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  • When web 2.0 sneezes ...everyone gets sick

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 28 - 29
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    Web 2.0 facilitates greater communication. But where consumers gather, so will the fraudsters and patterns are emerging on how fraudsters are utilising the weaknesses in social networks and Web 2.0.Towards the end of the 2000s 'Web 2.0' was the talk of the Internet. And as we enter this new decade the popularity of social networking websites such as YouTube, Friends Reunited, Twitter, Facebook, Li... View full abstract»

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  • Multicore mash-up

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 30 - 32
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    This heterogeneous mixture of soft-programmable cores with dedicated logic a mash-up of cores is likely to be the future of computation and much of chip design because traditional methods are getting too expensive. View full abstract»

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  • Time softens logic

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 33 - 35
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    The field programmable gate array (FPGA) threatened to reshape the world of chip design. The demand for cheaper access to high-density logic is forcing programmable-logic companies to change radically the way they design their chips. View full abstract»

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  • An orbital graveyard

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 36 - 40
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    The article presents the issue of congesting the space with artificial satellites and their vulnerability to collision with "space junks" (space debris) making them inoperable or leading to their breakdown. It also discusses the issues in tracking and control of a functioning satellite. View full abstract»

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  • Forensic fact or fiction?

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 41
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    A glut of popular forensicbased television shows are currently flooding the schedules, such as Silent Witness, Bones or the various incarnations of CSI, and this modern taste for forensic investigation is changing the way that the real-life authorities are presenting evidence in genuine cases. View full abstract»

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  • Superfuels from superbugs

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 42 - 45
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    There are a lot of small startup companies competing with the petrochemical giants in the race to develop renewable, clean and carbon-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels. And these new enterprises pack a weighty punch; they sport some of the world's leading researchers on their boards, and they are ambitious: quite simply, they want to replace today's 'big oil' with biofuels made by microbes lik... View full abstract»

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  • If the price is right

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 46
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    It has long been a bone of contention that renewable energy is far from cost-effective, and that view has been borne out by a recent landmark study. A report from Parsons Brinckerhoff, 'Powering the Nation', reveals that the cheapest power would come from either nuclear generation or combined-cycle gas turbines, which come in at as little as 0.06 per kW/hr, while the cheapest estimate for offshore... View full abstract»

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  • Mash-up mandates

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 48 - 49
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    The trickiest transition for any new generation of computer application is that from nascency to immaturity. For mash-up developers the potential for significant market take-up seems evident mash-up plus-points carry much force in the context of business IT yet even as the factors for success fall into place, the 'tipping point' still seems a way off. The mashup proposition holds attractions for e... View full abstract»

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  • Making mash-ups

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 50 - 51
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    Mash-ups are widely available for public use on the Internet, but are only just beginning to fulfil their potential in business environments. Organisations are looking at ways in which they can integrate mash-ups with existing software to display information collected from multiple data sources in order to aid business efficiency. View full abstract»

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  • Mash-up makers

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 52 - 53
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    All these tools have one thing in common: they make it easier to do things that only programmers could do until now. Each of them has a quite different approach, which makes this a very diverse set of applications. Will these tools be a foundation for a new breed of easy-made applications that will become a strong presence on the Web in a year or two, or will they be merely toys for enthusiasts wi... View full abstract»

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  • Fit for purpose

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 54 - 56
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    Technology strategy board and nine regional development agencies, an ambitious project known as the Next Generation Composite Wing seeks to keep the UK at the cutting edge of innovation in aircraft wing development. This article discusses on the design-for-manufacture processes in the next generation composite wing projects. View full abstract»

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  • Heavy metal

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 57 - 59
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    'Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle' is a phrase for many modern companies but one Liverpool establishment has been sticking to these principles for two generations. Although the family-owned company grew in large part by working on shipping and it still does some maritime work, its workshops also refurbish the generators from Wind turbines, machinery from local car factories, food processing equip... View full abstract»

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  • Location location location

    Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 60 - 63
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    On the Internet one can get a very good idea of where your kennel is, and perhaps even work out where you go for walkies. That's because everywhere you go on the Net you leave a unique scent behind you your IP address. Every time you send an email or browse a website, there it is, and even if you are savvy enough to conceal it by routing your traffic through a proxy server, you are only as safe as... 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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