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Warning for parents this Christmas: Net-connected gadgets

The UK’s data regulator has put out a warning detailing the risk that net-connected toys and gadgets could pose on home security.

According to deputy information commissioner Steve Wood, many toys cannot be updated to fix bugs and have such poor security that they could be used by hackers as a way to break into a home network.

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Therefore it is advised that anyone thinking of buying a net-connected gadget should...

Cryogenics, the world's most advanced artificial intelligence, an automated clothing folder and a rotating, shape-shifting sky scraper. Read ahead for a snapshot of what interesting things October brought us in engineering news...


Cryogenics: Frozen in time

Ever wondered what it would be like to fast forward and suddenly wake up in the future?

Thanks to developing medical science, this may in fact be possible. An increasing amount of people have been paying for their bodies to be...

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Mr Coffee to the rescue…

They say that money can’t buy happiness – but $999 can buy a Wi-Fi enabled coffee machine, and we think that comes pretty close! This advanced coffee machine, named Mr Coffee, makes coffee for you at your convenience with just a tap of your smartphone using Wi-Fi connectivity. What’s not to love? The only disadvantage we can identify is that Mr Coffee (pictured below) does not come with a walking robot to have the coffee delivered to your sofa as...

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Engineering mothers save lives with a simple vehicle tool

Elsa Foley, an engineer at Nissan and mother of two boys, has developed an innovative new technology called Rear Door Alert. The inspiration behind this? Every summer, children die from being left inside a hot car. With the help of Marlene Mendoza, another female engineer, Rear Door Alert has been engineered to set off a unique alarm when something has been left behind in the back seat of the car. Take a look at the video below for an...

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The world’s first floating farm off Scotland’s north-east coast

The trial Peterhead wind farm, named Hywind, is estimated to provide power to 20,000 homes, with the turbine output expected to equal or surpass generation from current ones. This breakthrough technology will see wind power being harvested in waters that are too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines.

Below: the wind turbines are currently being put in place. Image credit: BBC.com

     

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    The all new DexNet 2.0

    Roboticists at UC Berkeley have built a robot that, with a 99 per cent success rate, can grab and move unfamiliar, tangible objects. This new technology may be able to solve the problem of robots not being able to pick up awkwardly shaped objects such as shoes and bottles. With this new nimble-fingered robot, named DexNet 2.0, it is envisioned that such technology could revolutionise the manufacturing and supply chain...

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    This month's May Roundup has some interesting finds...be sure to scroll down for a read.


    A printable, flexible and rechargeable battery

    Nano-engineers at the University of California (San Diego), have developed zinc batteries flexible and stretchable by using hyper-elastic polymer layers made from isoprene and polystyrene. In this way, the batteries can stretch twice their size without damage. The batteries were also able to be made rechargeable by adding bismuth oxide to the ink, along...

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    Welcome back to another month of quirky and exciting occurrences in the Engineering world. From the invention of dissolvable batteries, to cooking dinner in your washing machine, this month's April roundup has got you covered for an interesting read...


    Engineering the perfect Easter egg

    Have you ever wondered why chocolate melts in your mouth but not your hand? The explanation to this is with precision melting, according to chemical engineer Professor Ray Dagastine (University of...

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    What has the Engineering world taught us in the past month? From brilliant developments to quirky new inventions, the good news and the not so good, the month of March has proven to be an interesting one...


    Development announced of a new BLAST PROOF tower in Melbourne’s CBD

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    Can any building really be engineered to be “blast-proof”? A new “blast-proof” and “ram raid-proof” 39-storey tower in Melbourne’s CBD will be built to house 2500...