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Issue 12 • Date January 2012

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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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    As Christmas has become ever more commercialised and most households have consumed ever more food, drink, presents and other stuff, so too have we produced more waste and found ourselves putting out ever larger bin bags and recycling bins in the new year. View full abstract»

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  • World news

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  • News

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  • The graphic

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  • News briefing

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  • Number news

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  • Number news

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  • Taking stock

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  • News

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  • News analysis

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    When the great and the good of offshore wind energy congregated in amsterdam in november for the eWea Offshore 2011 conference it was hard not to ride the wave of optimism sweeping through the assembled throng. Yet despite the positive messages emanating from the industry??s proponents, it is clear that there are some significant hurdles to overcome before the technology??s true potential can be r... View full abstract»

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  • Your letters

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 22 - 23
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  • Comment "if you ask me..."

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 24
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    A new edited collection by the Institute for Public Policy Research, 'Rethinking Apprenticeships', shows that behind the apparent success of apprenticeships in recent years, all is not what it seems. Large increases in numbers over the last decade have been achieved through a considerable change in what most people would understand as an apprenticeship. View full abstract»

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  • For & against

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 26 - 27
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    If you look at television and consider that it was invented by John logie Baird, it??s ironic that the content being transmitted is unlikely to inspire the next John logie Baird. This is a real shame. If you think about the amount of technology that goes into creating the programming, there??s a real opportunity to show young people some of the meta-stories there. `frozen Planet?? does this with t... View full abstract»

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  • The bigger picture

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 28 - 29
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  • This festive waste

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 30 - 33
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    Every year, the British public celebrates Jesus's birthday by cutting down eight million trees, wrapping enough presents to smother Guernsey, binning billions of greetings cards, and then throwing away £lbn worth of food. With a bit of thought these waste can be managed, sort clean, extrude and process our way to a greener future.The EU Batteries Directive has set recycling targets of 25 pe... View full abstract»

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  • War on waste

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 34 - 37
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    From its nadir ten years ago, when it only recycled 11.2 per cent of its waste, the UK's situation has gradually improved, driven by greater environmental awareness and ever tightening regulations to this year's zenith when 41.2 per cent of household waste was recycled. Recycling is not a new development, in fact many would argue that it is returning to mankind's early days when everything was rep... View full abstract»

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  • The nightmare after christmas

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 38 - 41
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    According to WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme), the food and drink wasted in the UK increases by a massive 80 per cent over the Christmas period, with a staggering 230,000t of food binned during the festive season. The not-for-profit, government-funded group estimates that this may be worth £275m. Fareshare prides itself as a food supply organisation for the needy that is at the c... View full abstract»

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  • Demise of landfill

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 42 - 45
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    There can be no greater shrine to human waste than landfill sites. The UK buries more than 18.8 million tonnes of household waste every year two million tonnes more than any other EU country only Greece, Spain and Ireland top it on a per capita basis. Although the UK has reduced the amount of waste that is sent to landfill sites now 43.4 per cent from 79 per cent ten years ago it still consigns 57... View full abstract»

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  • Zero-waste olympic games

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 46 - 47
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    The Olympic Park project in London, UK, is a four-phase challenge. First, the 2.5sq km site had to be cleared and cleaned, and waste water and sewage facilities have to be installed, before a whole other sequence of challenges will arise. Throughout the 77 days of the Games, 17,000 athletes, 20,000 journalists and up to 800,000 spectators and visitors will pack into the Park. After this, it subsid... View full abstract»

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  • Dump that data

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 48 - 52
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    In our 'Cover Your Ass culture we are storing more unwanted computer files than ever, and it's costing a bundle - so what can be done to convince us to make less data and delete more of the stuff? View full abstract»

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  • Battery recycling

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 53 - 55
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    Batteries contain hazardous waste substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium. If they are disposed in a landfill site, they could leak into the surrounding environment. The EU Landfill Directive placed a ban on the disposal of such hazardous waste in landfill sites. Hazardous waste such as batteries is not allowed to be mixed up with other waste streams. It must be separated, stored safely and c... View full abstract»

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  • Photo essay

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 56 - 57
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  • Faraday: a man of contradictions

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 58 - 61
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    Faraday was a man of contradictions. He was a pillar of the establishment while belonging to a literalist Christian sect the Sandemanians founded in direct opposition to the state church. His work on electro-magnetic field theory contributed to the greatest change in our conception of the structure of reality since Newton. And yet the inventor of the electric motor, transformer and generator did n... 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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Editor-in-Chief
Dickon Ross
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