Engineering & Technology

Issue 15 • 9 October-22 October 2010

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  • Engineering & Technology - cover

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

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 3
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  • Copper and robbers [Editorial]

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

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):6 - 14
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    On Sunday 17 October, members of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society transmitted from the Marconi Hut at Sandford Mill Museum using a special event call-sign to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the first advertised airborne wireless and the first air-sea rescue involving wireless. Other amateur stations around the word were expected to take part, including the Marconi Radio Club of America,... View full abstract»

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  • Un goals need business backing

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 15
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    Technology and private-sector funding will drive progress towards the UN's ambitious development goals. The United Nations summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) confirmed one important aspect of their viability that was probably tacitly understood. Achieving the ambitious programme within its 2015 deadline will require an increasing contribution from the private sector. The MDG Gap Tas... View full abstract»

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  • Letters [opinion feedback]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • Top of the table

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):18 - 22
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    This article describes the sixteen most common metals: lithium; potassium; magnesium; barium; zinc; titanium; iron; nickel; copper; silver; tungsten; gold; aluminium; tin; lead; and uranium. View full abstract»

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  • Pores for thought

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):24 - 27
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    The development and use of nanomaterials in the field of energy storage is of critical importance to increase the efficiency and performance of batteries and supercapacitors. The increasing demand for clean, secure electricity supply and the electrification of much of the world's transportation systems is placing greater demands on these devices. Nanotechnology-based companies are at the forefront... View full abstract»

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  • Secrets of the data stream

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):28 - 29
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    A row over how Canadian company Research in Motion (RIM) handles its customers' data is threatening half a million BlackBerrγ accounts in the United Arab Emirates. Will other countries follow suit in demanding access to unencrypted data to maintain a basic rule of law? Kris Sangani reports. View full abstract»

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  • Silicon's successors

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):30 - 33
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    The present paper focuses on the development of new materials to serve as the successors to silicon in the semiconductor industry. The addition of foreign elements to tried-and-tested silicon processes is fraught with difficulty, but chipmakers may be forced to adopt half-metals and a select cadre of other materials to enable future semiconductor scaling. The development of graphene emerges as an ... View full abstract»

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  • Thrown into relief

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):34 - 35
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    The intensive hype around 3DTV that marked the football World Cup continued, not all that surprisingly, at IBC broadcast technology conference in Amsterdam. Roaming the halls, you could easily have been convinced that the format was on the cusp of ubiquity. However, if you poked any of the broadcast professionals at the event, a different story emerged. Andy Quested, CTO of BBC HD, was blunt. The ... View full abstract»

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  • Mining the depths

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):36 - 39
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    The paper mentions that companies are racing to sample the wealth of minerals below the surface of the ocean. The race to the seabed is being led by two companies, Nautilus Minerals with a project off Papua New Guinea (PNG), and Neptune Minerals in the seas off New Zealand. Nautilus is proposing to develop the Solwara SMS system in the territorial waters of PNG. Nautilus' proposed mining system wi... View full abstract»

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  • Flying turbines

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):40 - 41
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    This article looks at the latest lofty development in the renewable sector particularly in wind farms. It discusses about the challenges of airborne wind turbines. Designs of airborne wind turbines (AWT) fall into two types - helium-filled blimps and kite-based designs, all of which are anchored to the ground via a winch-operated conductive tether. View full abstract»

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  • Material gains

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):42 - 45
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    Thin-film technology has propelled one supplier past silicon solar cell makers. But will the rarity of the raw materials bring an early end for the upstarts of PV. View full abstract»

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  • Every little helps

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):46 - 47
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    In May this year, British researchers announced a €3m, European Union-funded project to develop 'radically innovative' electrical insulating tapes, based on nano-materials, for high-efficiency generators. Dubbed 'ANASTASIA', the 'advanced nanostructured tapes for electrotechnical high-power insulating applications' project aims to replace today's thick, semi-rigid insulating tapes with thin... View full abstract»

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  • Curbing the kilowatts

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):48 - 51
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    Software tools are emerging to help IT managers keep power usage under strict control. Martin Courtney looks at four packages that aim to empower the down powering process. View full abstract»

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  • New purchase on IT careers

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):52 - 53
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    This article discusses about the e-commerce or selling online or e-tailing which could be showing the kind of rapid growth that creates premium employment opportunities for technologists. E-commerce used to be a satellite to the main business, but technology is conditioning consumer habits. View full abstract»

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  • The mining bug

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):54 - 57
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    With shortages of essential metals predicted, the mining industry is turning to bacteria to make use of poorer ores, and even extract metals from old mining waste.Yet Europe has ores and minerals of its own, many of which have been economically exploitable in the past. So with impending scarcity whether for political reasons or depletion of natural resources in mind, European scientists are examin... View full abstract»

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  • Around the weld

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):58 - 59
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    Welding has become a high-tech process that needs sophisticated procedures, strong technical back-up and a new way of thinking. The common weld is a much maligned beast. Despite the layman's preconception that welding is a rough, unsubtle industrial process, it is actually a complex procedure with many parameters affecting the result. View full abstract»

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  • Blood and treasure

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):60 - 63
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    Key metals used in electronics are extracted from war-torn regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The author finds out what is being done to stop this evil trade. The tin industry cannot certify mines as conflict free, and the UN does not have the capacity either. Most people believe that certification should be down to the DRC government. View full abstract»

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  • Being mobile

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):64 - 65
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    Being mobile will be about using handsets to entertain in a spare moment. It will be about the handset as jewellery, as an object of beauty and fascination. It will be about social connectedness, with the mobile enabling many forms of communications with many communities. Of course, the mobile will still let you to make calls and return emails but it already does that. Being mobile will be so much... View full abstract»

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  • Raising the gold standard

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):66 - 69
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    When this article was commissioned, one of the first things the editor said was to consider the precious metals to by all means, but above all to consider why some are worth more than others. "Think about something like gold," he said, "whose value is intrinsic, as opposed to steel, whose value is in the application. "It's not fair to pick on a casually tossed word when someone's actually taking t... View full abstract»

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  • Turn your business on its head

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s):70 - 71
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    The paper mentions that a radical approach to managing large organisations that literally turns received wisdom on its head could be what the management has been looking for. View full abstract»

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  • Events

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 73
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  • Books [Network reviews]

    Publication Year: 2010, Page(s): 77
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