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China turns to robots as labour costs rise
Automation and robotics are increasingly seen by the farsighted Hong Kong and Taiwan entrepreneurs – who own and operate many of the factories in the province of Guangdong that first sparked the boom in the country’s exports – as a way to keep China’s industrial base competitive. Rahul Jacob and Sarah Mishkin
, Financial Times
, 4 October 2012
Bloodhound supersonic car rocket test fired
The team building a car designed to drive faster than 1,000mph has tested the vehicle's rocket engine. The motor for the Bloodhound Supersonic car burned for 10 seconds on a static rig inside a hardened shelter at Newquay airport, Cornwall.
BBC News, 3 October 2012
Engineering a recovery
Where are we going to find new jobs and growth in the British economy? Software, social media and mobile phone app development? Not according to Sir James Dyson - he says the government is ignoring the importance of hardware and engineering, which provide far more jobs. Rory Cellan-Jones
, BBC News, 25 September 2012
Glass Works: How Corning Created the Ultrathin, Ultrastrong Material of the Future
Lighter than aluminum, harder than high-carbon steel, and many times stronger than regular soda-lime glass, Pyroceram eventually found its way into everything from missile nose cones to chemistry labs. It could also be used in microwave ovens, and in 1959 Pyroceram debuted as a line of space-age serving dishes: Corningware Bryan Gardiner
, 24 September 2012
Design Wants to Be Free
An object is no longer something you merely consume. It’s something you create. Famed industrial designer Yves Behar explains why this shift is a revolution in the making. Yves Behar
, 24 September 2012
Getting planners off our backs
When planners view their mission as a civilising one, then the aim of building public space must be to eradicate behaviour that doesn't accord with perceived civic values. Alastair Donald
, Future Cities Project
, 22 September 2012
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