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Engineering News (December 2017)

A powerful collaboration produces a new ‘eco-town’ in North-West Bicester Over the past decade or so, the consumer has become more ethically and environmentally aware of what they buy and the way they live. This discernment has spread to the houses we buy and how we live on a day to day basis. We now expect our new houses to be designed to use less energy and more planning to go into the sustainability of our areas. Developers Crest Nicholson and A2 Dominion in collaboration with principle contractors Willmott Dixon, the Cherwell District Council and Oxford Brookes University amongst others have unveiled, what is considered a unique ‘eco-town’ in the...

Internet News (December 2017)

Uber mistake Uber have yet again been the subject of the news headlines following a massive data breach. British officials including security agencies, MP’s and watchdogs have slammed Uber, the global transportation company after their smoke screening of a massive data breach that involved the records of over 57 million customer and drivers. Already in the press following their failure to follow governing taxi firm guidelines, the firm continue to receive negative headlines following the concealment of the data breach that took place in 2016. The news of the disclosure raises further concerns around the company’s data protection policies and business ethics. With exact figures yet to be confirmed regarding...

Business News (November 2017)

Another Black Friday Shoppers are expected to splash out over five working days this week, as the UK continues its affair with Black Friday, the US-inspired discount day. British shoppers are expected to spend £10.1 billion in the week of Black Friday, nearly 4% higher than last year as more retailers take part in the American born promotional day. But the bargain fever seen in earlier years is thought unlikely to materialise as most activity will be online, with experts warning that the discounts are likely to be less exciting on the day, which falls on 24 November this year. Companies are finding it harder to deliver big price cuts amid strong inflation, partly resulting...

Scientific News (November 2017)

Measuring up The measurement systems that we take for granted are about to receive a long overdue overhaul. The original metric system was first created in France following the French Revolution in 1789. When first introduced, it had only two standard units, these being the kilogram and the metre. It was during the 1860’s that James Clerk Maxwell and William Thomson (also known as Lord Kelvin) developed a new system with three base units – known as length, mass and time. Scientific experiments involving electricity and magnetism led to the realisation that other units of measurement were required and needed to be introduced, as many confusing versions of the metric system...

Engineering News (November 2017)

HS2 announces manufacturers HS2 Limited have announced the five manufacturers that will build the new 225mph trains that will form the workhorses of the line.  As reported in the Bulletin’s Business News (July 2017), the eagerly awaited ‘High Speed Train network’, HS2, will travel initially between London and the Midlands then, as the phases progress, it will expand to include routes to Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, York, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The HS2 network will cut down journey times to and from London and connect the North to the South in a more accessible way. The introduction of the network will generate thousands of new jobs through its creation and maintenance of...

Internet News (November 2017)

Hawking good read Many great things occurred during the year of 1966. The first operational weather satellite was launched by the US, Muhammad Ali totally knocks out Henry Cooper in round 6 for the Heavyweight boxing title, Beatlemania hits New York, and NBC-TV premiered the first ever episode of Star Trek. But, while all of this was going on around the world, a 24 year old Cambridge postgraduate completed a paper that would go down in history. A doctoral thesis, published in 1966 by Stephen Hawking has become an internet sensation following its release to the public for the first time. Cambridge University’s online storage facility crashed on Monday, following the high...

Business News (October 2017)

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Things are looking up Official records have shown that in September, the UK saw its lowest budget discrepancy for 10 years. Britain saw a deficit of £5.9 billion, a figure that is nearly down 11% compared to September 2016. The figures were announced by the Office for National Statistics. Economists had already forecast a deficit of approximately £6.5 billion, which will no doubt bolster Chancellor Philip Hammond prior to the Autumn Budget next month. August’s deficit is showing a revised amount of approximately £1 billion to £4.7 billion. The recent figures for September have shown that this is the third consecutive month where the public finance figures in the UK have been better than...

Scientific News (October 2017)

It’s an ill wind A satellite, belonging to NASA has been providing fresh information involving carbon dioxide (CO2) and the way it moves through the atmosphere.  The satellite, known as the “Orbiting Carbon Observatory” (OCO) has been providing scientists with new insights into – and the behavioural movements of – CO2 throughout 2015/2016, during a time when Earth experienced an El Nîno event. This is when the Trade Winds weaken in the Central and Western areas of the Pacific.  The surface water temperatures in South America warm up, due to less cold water welling up from below to cool the surface. The clouds and rainstorms associated with warm ocean waters then move towards...

Engineering News (October 2017)

Vehicle manufacturer giants Rolls Royce have confirmed that a deal has been sealed with Google, with the joint aim to introduce and develop ‘Intelligent Awareness Systems’ for the next generation of autonomous vessels. The joint venture will see Rolls Royce utilising Google’s cloud-based apparatus, with a view to creating an Artificial Intelligence system that can be used to detect and track objects on the oceans. With the use of software that creates tailored teaching models that will soon be accessible through the cloud, it will then be used to construct and analyse the data received at sea. This future technology is believed to be an essential tool for the future development of independent vessels...

Internet News (October 2017)

Microsoft hosts Edge Web summit On 13th September, Microsoft held its Edge Web Summit in Seattle, Washington – a tech summit not entirely dissimilar in nature to that of Google’s IO annual event. At this event they trotted out the statistic of “330 million active devices”, qualifying that the statistic counts users that actively used the Edge browser over the course of a month. Of course, these figures may initially sound impressive, until you actually look at comparisons across the market share. Statcounter states that the browser’s desktop market share is a measly 3.95%, still significantly lower in fact than even the original legacy browser it is trying supplant, Internet Explorer, which still...