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Engineering & Technology

Issue 13 • Date 11 Sept.-24 Sept. 2010

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  • Engineering & Technology - Cover

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): C1
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  • Page plan [Table of Contents]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 3
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  • Are we wrapped in cotton wool? [Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 4
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  • News [Briefing Latest]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):4 - 9
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  • Analysis: looming skills gap [Briefing in Depth]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 10
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    A skills gap caused by too few young people studying technology-related subjects is unlikely to be bridged in time to avoid damaging the UK economy, the IET has warned. Results of the Institution's annual skills survey released show that as job prospects for engineers improve, a significant number of employers are struggling to find suitably qualified candidates. View full abstract»

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  • Asia news [Briefing Latest]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 12
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  • Switching off is good for you [Review of "Hamlet's Blackberry"(Powers, W.)]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 13
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  • Analysis: wake up to wireless [Briefing in Depth]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):14 - 15
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    Accessing the Internet at high speed and without wires is catching up fast in Latin America and the Caribbean. While at the end of 2008 there were fewer than five million people using wireless broadband services in the region, that figure is now over 50 million and will keep on growing to reach around 220 million (or nearly 30 per cent of all mobile phone lines) by 2015, according to market resear... View full abstract»

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  • Letters [Opinion Feedback]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • Challenging the establishment [Engineering Safety]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):18 - 22
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    What's the connection between a space shuttle explosion, a plane crash in Afghanistan and outbreaks of food poisoning in Scotland and Wales? A common thread links these fatal disasters and many more besides. It's the 'normalisation of deviance'.There was more to the shuttle explosion than hardware failures alone. Senior managers were allowing errors that the shuttle wasn't designed to cope with, w... View full abstract»

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  • Safe as houses [Engineering Safety]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):23 - 27
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    The paper present on high-end home security. The philosophy of safety system is to enable normal everyday living for security. View full abstract»

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  • Inventors' inbox [InnovatIon Safety]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):28 - 29
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  • Music's hurt locker [Consumer Music]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):30 - 31
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    Fifteen years ago, when digital storage technology and compression algorhythms became strong enough, the record industry suddenly found itself in a panic. It had to play catch-up with the computer industry and adjust how it managed its rights and how consumers were copying their CD collections to computers and portable devices.What they came up with was digital rights management a method of contro... View full abstract»

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  • Trust, but verify [Electronics Standards]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):32 - 35
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    Engineers coding safety-critical systems today have plenty in the toolbox. The C++ programming language offers object-oriented technology, for example. As a result, it is relatively easy to implement the various bells and whistles that such systems require the devil lies in making sure that they work. To that end, the aviation and automotive industries are soon to introduce new rules and standards... View full abstract»

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  • Access restricted [Electronics Space]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):36 - 37
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    Satellite manufacturers are at the beginning of a decadelong boom, according to Parisbased Euroconsult's 12th World Market Survey. It expects the period to 2018 to see 50 per cent more craft hurled into Earth orbit than in the preceding 10 years, some 1,185 objects in total. More hardware will go into the larger geostationary satellites as communications companies try to pack in more channels and ... View full abstract»

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  • Movers and shakers [Control Safety]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):38 - 41
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    The paper mentions that man's fear of earthquakes is helping him devise a control system to mitigate their impact on buildings. The technology is classified according to three types of system passive, active and semi-active or hybrid. Passive systems are the most mature of the three, and rely simply on absorbing or dissipating someof an earthquake's energy, with no feedback between them, the build... View full abstract»

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  • Dangerous driving? [Control Software]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):42 - 43
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    The paper mentions that hackers could take over a car's control networks with potentially fatal consequences.In the real world, a hacker would first of course have to get past a modern car's access security systems programmed ignition keys, alarms, immobilisers and so on. Even then there is the moot point of whether it's actually worth the bother of hacking into a single car. The focus of concern ... View full abstract»

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  • Stopping the spill [Power Oil Exploration]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):44 - 47
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    After several months of fruitless subsea efforts, BP appears to have finally plugged the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP faced heartbreaking setbacks in its early attempts to stem the oil gushing from Macondo field, which included a failed 'top kill' operation. But the company had a multi-strand strategy, and knowledge gained from the failed early efforts helped it formulate more successful... View full abstract»

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  • Mobile plants drive biofuel production [Power Biofuels]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):48 - 49
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    A mobile biomass refinery is set to take biofuels to places they have never reached before. Mobile biofuel plants, the size of large lorries, will soon be roaming the US ready to convert any kind of biomass into liquid fuel, claim researchers from Purdue University, Indiana. Professor Agrawal and colleagues have already developed a laboratory-scale prototype and hope to have a full-scale version u... View full abstract»

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  • Flash and burn [IT Finance Sector]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):50 - 53
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    Computerised trading systems make it possible to shift stocks at the speed of light but potentially disastrous consequences await. In this paper, the author investigates the circumstances of this year's 'Flash Crash'. View full abstract»

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  • Analysis: virtual impacts [IT Change Management]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):54 - 55
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    Virtual servers, virtual software, virtual storage: they're virtually rewriting job descriptions for IT practitioners. The development of IT is predicated on reinvention, and this trait can still take some getting used to. The interconnectness of enterprise computing means that small changes can cause big repercussions for existing practice models. Virtualisation in its various forms is cited as a... View full abstract»

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  • Learning from failure [Manufacturing Safety]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):56 - 58
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    First, let's briefly review the facts. Since 2002, when Toyota introduced an electronic throttle control system, there have been a spate of what are termed 'unintended acceleration' incidents involving Toyota vehicles. Several investigations by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration duly followed, and there were a couple of small recalls. Then, in August 2009, came the harrowing dea... View full abstract»

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  • Electric highway [Manufacturing EVS]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 59
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    The papers discussed the interest in energy in the future and to promote electric monitoring and produced a different project by the student which is the electric battery car. The three pillars of the project are sustainability, education and adventure. View full abstract»

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  • Quart into a pint pot [Comms Future of Wireless]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):60 - 62
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    Opportunities for wireless communications are outstripping the networks' ability to carry the resultant traffic. Luke Collins finds out how the problem is being tackled. View full abstract»

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  • Aether madness? [Comms RF]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):63 - 65
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    We're constantly bathed in an electric soup of RF emissions. Is there anything to fear? Or is fear itself the most damaging consequence of our increasingly wireless lives?. The paper reports on the bio-effect of RF fields and claim that low-level exposure to RF energy posed serious health risk on life. 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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