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Issue 7 • Date August 2013

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  • Engineering & Technology - Cover

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): c1
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  • Page plan [Home Page Contents]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 3
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  • Editor's letter [Opinion Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 4
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    Are you reading this on a plane on your way to sunnier climes? Have you noticed the ride is a bit bumpier than it used to be? In this month's cover story we hear how global warming is creating more turbulence on transatlantic flights. Does that matter? It sure matters to some passengers who don't much like flying in the first place but it also matters to those who want to get their fast: more turb... View full abstract»

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  • World News [News Briefing]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 6 - 7
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  • The bigger picture [Transport XploreAir XI]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 8
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    Upwardly mobile British commuters got a glimpse of the future last month when the designers of the XploreAir XI unveiled what's claimed to be the world's first flying bicycle during Green Transport Week. View full abstract»

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  • News

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 10
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    The civil aviation authorities of Indonesia and Myanmar have instructed Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Myanmar Airways to ground their Chinese-made MA-60 aircraft fleets for airworthiness checks following a series of accidents. View full abstract»

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  • The graphic [News Briefing]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 12
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    Nasa's twin Voyager spacecraft 1 and 2 are now on their way to leave the Solar System. Their journeys have taken almost 36 years. View full abstract»

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  • Element six focuses diamond R&D on Harwell

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 13
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    Element Six, the industrial synthetic diamond subsidiary of De Beers, has consolidated its R&D operations at a UK site close to the Rutherford Appleton laboratories in the hope that by bringing a number of teams together it will open up more applications for diamond and similar ultra-hard materials. With three high-temperature presses already in place able to develop pressures up to 8GPa - tod... View full abstract»

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  • Medical devices need tighter regs - but how much tighter?

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 13
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    Recent scandals have made the EU think again about its medical device regulation. Legislation is afoot to tighten up the rules as to what medical devices - from pacemakers to breast implants and artificial hips - are allowed on to the European market. But are European lawmakers about to go too far? Could we end up with the sclerotic approval system they have in the US, where products take years to... View full abstract»

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  • News

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 14
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  • Business focus [News finance]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 16
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    Judging by its recent financial figures, software services giant Oracle looks as if it is being buffeted by the headwinds of the growing cloud computing market. View full abstract»

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  • Special Report: 50th Paris Air Show [NEWS BRIEFING]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 18 - 19
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    Mark Williamson and Mark Venables report from the 50th Paris Air Show, held at Le Bourget in June. View full abstract»

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  • Manufacturers must face up to a stark choice: adapt or die [News Analysis]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 20 - 21
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    The manufacturing sector has borne the brunt of recent technological advances, but according to an exhaustive report conducted by Oxford economics for software giant PTc, and unveiled at PTc Live global in Los angeles, that change will intensify. View full abstract»

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  • 'Game-changing' british car in solar challenge [News Briefing]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 22
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    A SOLAR-POWERED vehicle featuring innovations in almost every area of its design will be the only British entry in the World Solar Challenge, a gruelling 3,000km race down the length of Australia from Darwin to Adelaide, starting in October 2013. View full abstract»

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  • Comment [Opinion First Person]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 23
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    NEWS OF the recent summit talks between US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, provoked perhaps unrealistic optimism that the growing issue of cyber espionage - widely considered to be high on the agenda - would reach some conclusion. View full abstract»

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  • Your Letters [Opinion Feedback]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 24
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  • For and against [Debate Digital Privacy]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 26 - 27
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    As 'e-tailing' and social media services get to know more and more about our behaviour patterns, we ask two experts whether the gathering of personal data is an invasion of our privacy. View full abstract»

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  • Do grads make the grade? [Careers Graduate Skills]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 28 - 31
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    Demand for engineers in general is growing, from industry, commerce and the public sector. However, relatively few new graduates end up pursuing engineering as a career. Attempting to remedy this problem, Semta - the Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies - has helped to boost apprentice numbers and the value of engineering apprenticeships. The problem remain... View full abstract»

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  • New ways to pay [Communications Near Field]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 32 - 35
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    The way consumers pay for goods has evolved for years, and contactless payment is the just the latest in convenience, but will it ever gain full acceptance? Contactless payment, also dubbed wave and pay' or 'tap and go', offers consumers a different method of paying for lower-valued goods, at £20 and under. Ironically though, `contactless' does not always mean contactless. Transactions requ... View full abstract»

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  • Inner voice [Information Technology Voice Recognition]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 36 - 37
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    Around 90 per cent of face-to-face communication is commonly believed to consist of body language - and only when you speak or email would you realise this. This explains why, as soon as the telephone was invented, the protocol of the 'telephone voice' was adopted. But a telephone conversation is still preferable to an email if you really want to convey the meaning of a message. There are subtle g... View full abstract»

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  • Interview [Design and Production 3D Printing]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 38 - 40
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    "THESE COFFEE CUPS are pretty bog-standard. A tin glaze, ??6 or ??7 to produce." Ceramicist Shane Williams is making a point: the lone potter can't compete with the mass market these days. He's been diversifying. He was up till 3am last night. Not on his wheel but trying to get parts of the 3D printer that he has built working. His is an invention that could see people printing at home cheaply and... View full abstract»

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  • Dirty manufacturing [Manufacturing Energy]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 42 - 44
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    Despite their best endeavours to become more energy-efficient the global manufacturing sector will not meet its targets for limiting climate change, scuppering any hopes of the UK meeting its 2050 carbon reduction targets. Combined research from the United States and Europe has analysed the potential for energy reduction in manufacturing by looking at the five materials whose production consumes t... View full abstract»

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  • Predicting the elements [Control Disaster Prevention]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 45 - 47
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    On 20 May this year, a massive and powerful tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma. With peak winds of 340km/h, the 2km wide tornado tore through the heavily populated town on a 27km long path across the Oklahoma City region, killing 24 people and ripping down 13,000 homes, schools, farms and businesses. Water supplies were cut, more than 61,500 power outages were registered and Oklahoma Department for Insur... View full abstract»

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  • Never stop [Control Disaster Management]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 48 - 51
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    It is 25 YEARS since tragedy struck in the North Sea. One hundred and sixty seven people died in the Piper Alpha fire on 6 July 1988, making it the world's worst offshore oil disaster. The majority of the victims suffocated in toxic fumes that developed after a gas leak set off the blasts and sparked the fire. Lessons were taken on board, but are these lessons still at the heart of oil and gas man... View full abstract»

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  • Turbulent times [Transport Aerospace]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 52 - 55
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    Climate change has been blamed for a dizzying array of problems - melting ice caps, severe storms, species migration, death and destruction - but one of the more specific phenomena be attribute to it is bumpier flights. Turbulence is the dread of most air passengers. Despite endless reassurances that modern planes can withstand the wildest turbulence the atmosphere has to offer, even the gentlest ... 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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