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Green light for the world's first intelligent oil pipelines

Electronics installed in Norwegian oil pipelines have been tested both at sea and in transport vessel reeling simulations. All that now remains is to install them offshore.

Self-repairing subsea material

Embryonic faults in subsea high voltage installations are difficult to detect and very expensive to repair. Researchers believe that self-repairing materials could be the answer.

Visualises controversial technology

A designer has come up with a way to visualise radio frequency identification (RFID), a technology that has raised concerns because of its potential to store personal information.

No danger from magnetic fields in electric cars

Have you ever been concerned that electric cars produce dangerous magnetic fields? Worry no more, because research shows that this is not the case.

The sound of one hand singing

The tragic story of the Elephant Man was recreated for opera with the aid of an electronic musical glove.

The gentle drone

Not all un-manned aircraft are prowling military predators. Drones can also be deployed to chart ice fields and pollution, or locate people who’ve fallen overboard from ships.

A murky glass mystery

Discovered by accident, it's useful as a window coating. When the sun shines, this compound gets darker. But why? Scientists have yet to find out.

Mobile taggers

Somebody is tagging. Not with spray-paint, mind you, but with microchips. Cell phones are learning to listen, talk and pay at a short distance.

Smarter prostheses using iPhone technology

Simple, cheap microtechnology paves the way for a new generation of prostheses.