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Issue 6 • Date July 2012

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  • Engineering & Technology - Cover

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  • Table of contents [Page Plan]

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  • Editor's letter

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  • World news

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  • The bigger picture

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  • News

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  • The graphic

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  • Number news

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  • Taking stock

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  • News analysis

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  • Our letters

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  • For and Against

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  • Smart materials

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    If you thought materials science was mostly about lifeless lumps of metal, think again. Thanks to the rapid development of smart materials over the past two decades, the discipline has really got moving, literally. From colour-changing materials and shape memory textiles to morphing aircraft wings and drug-delivering polymers, what sets these materials apart from your everyday metal, ceramic or polymer, is an ability to respond 'intelligently' to the environment. It all kicked off with a quite remarkable snow-ski in the 1990s. View full abstract»

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  • Smart farming

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    The forces of innovation currently driving smart dairy farming fall into three main areas. The first is robotic milking, the second is automated feeding, and the third is concerned with the overall subject of quality: quality of product and quality of life for the animals. Robotic milking is not a novel concept, it has been prevalent in the industry since the 1990s, but the real innovation is the intelligence behind it. Reducing labour costs through automation and intelligent software is the primary motivation for many industries, and View full abstract»

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  • Smart house

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  • Smart appliances

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    Many of us will soon be opening our doors, and indeed our homes, to smart appliances, embracing smart refrigerators, cookers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners and other smart technologies in an effort to make our everyday lives a little easier. The `smart?? in smart appliances can refer to one of two aspects of communication with any given appliance; first the interaction with an existing smart device such as a tablet or smartphone to allow a homeowner to control the smart appliances remotely, and secondly with the smart grid itself, responding to utility signals that provide consumers with reminders to use periods of lower-priced energy. View full abstract»

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  • Smart home tech

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    Wireless communication may seem like old news with Wi-Fi and 3G readily available, but competition is heating up between companies that want to offer you wireless streaming of audio, photos and even video directly in your home. Sonos offers its ZonePlayer, which, in league with other ZonePlayers, uses a proprietary system called SonosNet to create a wireless network. Each ZonePlayer can communicate with all the others, and share the music and audio content stored there. A controller, which is also looped into SonosNet, tells each ZonePlayer what you want it to play. View full abstract»

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  • Smart meters

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    According to the latest government position, 30 million homes and small businesses will have smart meters by 2019, enabling all consumers to have access to accurate information and bringing an end to estimated billing. ??In less than three years energy suppliers will begin the mass rollout of smart meters and I am determined that consumers are at the heart of this,?? Energy and Climate Change minister Charles Hendry says. ??That is why we are proposing tough guidelines on installation, which will minimise inconvenience and help people to make the most of their smart meters. View full abstract»

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  • Smart cars

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    According TO the latest survey by leading automotive analysts JD Power, car owners have come to expect additional safety features and are now instead turning their attention to 'infotainment' technologies in their vehicles. Parking cameras, assisted lane changing, crash avoidance technology and advanced braking technologies are all welcomed by drivers, but considered almost part of the standard package. View full abstract»

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  • Smart buildings

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    When you consider the data, it is obvious why energy-efficient or smart buildings are very high on the current agenda: worldwide, buildings consume some 42 per cent of all electricity generated and by 2025 they will be the largest emitters of greenhouse gases on the planet. 'Smart building' is a term that is very popular among opinion-formers, but what exactly is it, and how can it be employed to reduce energy use? View full abstract»

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  • Smart warfare

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    After the Normandy landings and the Soviet Union??s invasion of Germany, it took the Allies almost a year to get their hands on Nazi leaders and end the Second World War. It cost all sides millions of lives ?? many of them civilian. Ever was it so: the previous century, Napoleon had marched into Russia, lost 70,000 men and hadn??t even got past Moscow??s gates; the USA faced similar problems shutting down the enemy in Vietnam, as did the Russians in Chechnya. However, one technological revolution later, if the US wants to take out a suspected Al Qaeda leader, it sends in an unmanned drone aircraft to drop a bomb from 50,000ft. No risk of US casualties. Less risk, they say, of civilian deaths. And no pitched battle through the streets of the town in which target is living. With no pilot, it doesn??t even really matter if the drone crashes. View full abstract»

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  • Smart humans

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    What happens when you make humans smarter with superior hardware, software and sensors? Judging by the Cybermen in the TV series 'Doctor Who', it causes lack of empathy and a penchant for world-domination. On the other hand, `The Six Million Dollar Man?? (a 1970s TV staple) was a sort of superhero who used his bionic enhancements to fight the baddies. Surgically attaching electronic circuits to living tissue remains tricky, but you could argue, as philosopher Andy Clark does in `Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action and Cognitive Extension??, that our deepening relationship with smartphones and other personal computing devices makes semi-cyborgs of us all. We can navigate by satellite, broadcast to our friends like practical telepathy, and access any information at the touch of a button to make perfect decisions based on the best data. If only we weren't so busy posting updates on Facebook and playing Angry Birds... View full abstract»

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  • Smart factories

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    The current global economic meltdown is ramping up the pressure on an already beleaguered manufacturing industry, particularly in terms of the flexibility and efficiency of production processes. This requires production and administrative processes to be meshed with each other via IT systems in order to optimise the use and capacity of machines and lines, while also responding rapidly to wrong developments in production and thus reducing adverse effects on the business. 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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