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19 May 2022

An ace up your sleeve

Over the last few years, we have witnessed the Crypto Crunch, the return of the inflation monster, and the big...

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An ace up your sleeve

Over the last few years, we have witnessed the Crypto Crunch, the return of the inflation monster, and the big...

Smart Screws Revolutionise Preventative Maintenance

Screws tend to loosen over time, from vibrations and even temperature fluctuations. Depending on the application of these screws, the...

Mining the waste dumps

Everybody’s talking about the latest global economic crunch – a shortage of raw material resources. It’s not like we’re actually...

From cutting carbon to pricing plastic

Thanks to renewable energy and cleantech investment, there’s a noticeable decline in carbon emissions worldwide, and interest in reducing carbon dioxide in an attempt to control the climate is waning fast. It seems targeting ‘net zero’ has lost its popular appeal. Now eco-warriors have real pollution in their sights, and...

Hydrogen - Ultra-light storage tanks promise to make jet fuel obsolete

Green hydrogen is the fuel of the future with unique characteristics. (1) It has the potential to overcome a variety...

Honda says goodbye to gas

Honda has made good on its promise to cease sales of combustion cars by 2040. The last one produced was...

America retreats

Over the past decade we have witnessed a fundamental change in the world economic order, particularly when we consider trade...

Hacking the eye in the sky

It’s getting pretty crowded up there, in low earth orbit, with thousands of commercial communications satellites, and whole constellations of...

An ace up your sleeve

Over the last few years, we have witnessed the Crypto Crunch, the return of the inflation monster, and the big...

Smart Screws Revolutionise Preventative Maintenance

Screws tend to loosen over time, from vibrations and even temperature fluctuations. Depending on the application of these screws, the...

Mining the waste dumps

Everybody’s talking about the latest global economic crunch – a shortage of raw material resources. It’s not like we’re actually...

From cutting carbon to pricing plastic

Thanks to renewable energy and cleantech investment, there’s a noticeable decline in carbon emissions worldwide, and interest in reducing carbon...

Hydrogen - Ultra-light storage tanks promise to make jet fuel obsolete

Green hydrogen is the fuel of the future with unique characteristics. (1) It has the potential to overcome a variety...

Honda says goodbye to gas

Honda has made good on its promise to cease sales of combustion cars by 2040. The last one produced was...

America retreats

Over the past decade we have witnessed a fundamental change in the world economic order, particularly when we consider trade...

Hacking the eye in the sky

It’s getting pretty crowded up there, in low earth orbit, with thousands of commercial communications satellites, and whole constellations of...

Smart contact lens brings augmented reality closer

Blending the digital and real worlds could have a host of applications, from entertainment to training, but current augmented and virtual reality headsets...

VR Tripper loses his mind

In a landmark ruling, Judge Steven yesterday awarded Luis Smith full rights to his expedition book. This would not have...

Tesla Model S turns 20

The car that started the electric vehicle revolution, the iconic Tesla Model S, was launched on this day in 2009,...

World’s longest 165-mile ‘drone superhighway’ proposed in the UK

By Ishveena Singh A UK consortium has revealed its blueprint to build the world’s largest and longest “drone superhighway,” connecting towns...

Deep drilling delivers the power

There’s an almost infinite amount of heat energy below the planet’s surface. We’ve seen enough pictures of molten lava spewing...

Stop shipping, start printing

Since 2020 we’ve learned a new term: ‘supply chain fragility’, and it’s been the bane of producers the world over....

Biden brings it home

What a difference a war makes. When US President Joe Biden orchestrated a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, many commentators thought...

Beware of abandonware

Right now there’s a bit of a goldrush to get hooked up to the latest digitally enhanced upgrades – for...

Biocement - microbes with the potential to disrupt the construction industry

Cement is the most widely used material on the planet, originally derived from the liberation of carbon from limestone through...

The Age of Extraction is dying

The age of extraction has served our civilization well. We began by taming wild grasses and domesticating animals, to provide...

Sound waves convert stem cells into bone in regenerative breakthrough

Regrowing or replacing bone lost to disease is tricky and often painful. In a new study Australian researchers have found...

Microchips save the American Dream

Remember the global shortage of silicon chips six years ago, and how that threatened to derail a resurgent economy? The...