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Issue 8 • Date September 2011

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  • Engineering & Technology - cover

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  • Table of contents

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  • Editor's letter

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    Ten years on from 9/11 and another wave of change is about to sweep over the defence and security industries. Every generation has its 'where were you when...?' moment. These moments are often the start of a chain of events so important that the world is tangibly different from then on. For one generation it was the assassination of President Kennedy on 22 November 1963. For another it was the att... View full abstract»

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  • World news

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 6 - 7
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  • News

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 8
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    Includes: £23.5M project aims to demonstrate pre-combustion carbon capture; Cyprus over the worst of power crisis View full abstract»

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  • Lockheed Martin F-35 [The Graphic]

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 10
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    The variant versions of Lockheed-Martin's F-35 multi-role fighter are designed to broaden its appeal, and to help recoup its development costs. View full abstract»

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  • News briefing

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 11 - 17
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    Includes: Text-reLay phone service for deaf people to be upgraded; Factory hosts solar switch-on; Superfast X-ray camera will capture chemistry's secrets; Aircraft carrier parts on the move north to Scotland; Slump in engineering prompts school review; EV trial shows most recharge at home; EUV source developers wrestle with power problem; Cost-saving 450MM transition faces roadblocks; Gaming techn... View full abstract»

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  • UK space industry looks to the future in optimistic mood [News Analysis]

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 18 - 19
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    Britain is in the vanguard as the Space Age enters an exciting new era. It's a truIsm that people take technology for granted, rarely stopping to think how their mobile phone works or why the lights come on when they flip a switch. this seems especially true of space applications, perhaps because the technology is that much more remote; arguably because, in the UK, its achievements are poorly publ... View full abstract»

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  • Taking stock

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 20
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    A big jump in superfast broadband customers and aggressive cost-cutting push up BT profits despite falling revenues. Bucking the general gloom that pervades the telecoms sector, BT Group unveiled better than expected results for the first quarter of 2011. Riding on the back of its high-speed fibre-optic broadband service, Infinity, it grabbed 59 per cent of new broadband sign ups in the first quar... View full abstract»

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  • Your letters

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 22 - 23
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  • For and against

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 24 - 25
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    Nuclear energy can/cannot play a viable and sustainable role in the UK's future energy mix. View full abstract»

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  • Comment "if you ask me..."

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 26
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    Energy companies should use technology to rebuild broken relationships with their customers. By 2020 the government wants every home in Great Britain to have a smart meter. For the uninitiated, smart meters are just like traditional energy meters. What makes them 'smart' is that they can communicate with the grid, providing energy suppliers with accurate information on a household's energy consump... View full abstract»

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  • The defence report: state of the industry 2011

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  • Shifting landscapes

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 28 - 31
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    The defence industries of the Western world are facing greater challenges than at any time since the end of the cold War. Military equipment spending across the old markets of europe and the US are now set on the downward trajectory triggered by the worldwide financial crisis, with predictable consequences for armed forces and the corporations that support them. View full abstract»

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  • Photo essay

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 32 - 33
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    As improvised explosive devices continue to claim soldiers' lives, the US military is exploring simulated training, which it hopes will better prepare troops for war. View full abstract»

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  • UAVs in the firing line

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 34 - 36
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    The role of the aircraft in modern military actions is altering, and at a dramatic rate. Traditionally, the air force would provide the backbone of any military air campaign – both from a reconnaissance standpoint and for strike operations, but recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have highlighted the growing use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). This new approach is driven by a variet... View full abstract»

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  • Just war

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 38 - 40
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    Autonomous Weapon Systems are on the increase in modern war. Once-passive reconnaissance drones are now able to bear weapons. With them they bring serious moral, ethical and legal issues. The tendency for combatants to face a reduced risk means that conflicts may no longer be deemed a last resort. The concept of a just war* is now at risk, and the Geneva Convention, which has been at the core of h... View full abstract»

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  • Radar in the limelight

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 41 - 43
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    It was an iconic moment in engineering, but how did the development of radar fare in the transfer to the silver screen? At the end of the Second World War, the Air Ministry was eager to publicise the discovery of a technology that played a crucial role in assisting British forces in defending the nation against German attack: radar. View full abstract»

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  • How the rifle was reinvented

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 44 - 46
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    The AK-47 changed the face of armed conflict, and placed world-class firepower into the hands of soldiers and civilians alike. Many of the reasons behind its enduring appeal were based in solid engineering and design practices. The Avtomat Kalashnikova (AK) assault rifle has a well-documented reputation as an influencer of world conflicts since Mikhail Kalashnikov's brainchild entered service with... View full abstract»

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  • One2ten

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 48 - 49
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    Ten of the most bizarre weapons from the military's past, present and future. View full abstract»

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  • Beyond body scanners

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 50 - 52
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    He was quickly dubbed 'the underpants bomber'. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on 25 December 2009 by igniting explosive powder sewn into his underwear. He was overpowered by his fellow passengers, although the attempt would have failed anyway, as he had set fire to his trousers, rather than the explosive. Farcical or not, it was the nearest thing to a... View full abstract»

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  • The web is not enough

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 53 - 55
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    James Bond has been transported into the modern world in more ways than one, as IT rather than weaponry takes over in the spy's armoury of gadgets. When he created his spy and assassin James Bond, novelist Ian Fleming brought together two real-world experiences. First was Fleming's knowledge of undercover operations in the Second World War. These sometimes far-fetched plans received an update to t... View full abstract»

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  • Filling the void

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 56 - 61
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    Ten years after the twin towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed in a terrorist attack the regeneration of the site is underway. There are numerous events that are deemed to have changed the world, but when two Boeing 767 aircraft were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001, it was a pivotal event in modern history. Since then the United States of America... View full abstract»

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  • Speed need: pushing cable capacity to the edge

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 62 - 65
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    How far can communications cable wire-speeds be pushed? The theoretical limits of the past are being exceeded due to new bit-rate acceleration techniques. The increases in network bandwidth over 25 years of public data communications have been every bit as extraordinary as those in storage density or processing power as enshrined by Moore's Law. Indeed, according to that law, which predicts a doub... View full abstract»

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  • Deep down

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 67 - 69
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    Alternative coal mining could see carbon dioxide plunging to new depths. In July 2010 a pan-European team of researchers and engineers revealed an underground coal gasification project with a difference. Akin to past schemes, coal will be burned underground to produce a combustible gas stream. 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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