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Chris Roberts
By Chris Roberts: Friday 24th March, 2017

Vlog: How much of a threat are robots to British jobs?

“30% of existing UK jobs could face automation over the next 15 years” – is quite a headline, taken from the latest UK Economic Outlook report by PwC, which has received widespread coverage in the UK press today. Chris Roberts, Head of Industrial Robotics, shares his thoughts in this video blog. Transcript There have been […]

Electric car in charging station
By James Westley: Thursday 23rd March, 2017

One-hundred percent electric vehicles: what if?

European countries are on the march to phase out Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles; last year Norway pledged to ban the sale of fossil-fuel burning vehicles by 2025 which was followed closely by Germany and The Netherlands making similar commitments for 2030. This month, the UK announced investment in Electric Vehicle (EV) battery technology as […]

Pi
By Dave Gladwin: Wednesday 15th March, 2017

Yesterday was not Pi day – it’s 22nd July, honest!

OK, so the world celebrated International Pi day yesterday and I sat thinking that I should really write something for our social media channels on this, but try as I might the muse was not upon me, I could not come up with anything that had not already been said. I received the expected promotional […]

AI Artificial intelligence
By Amy King: Monday 13th March, 2017

Artificial Intelligence: robot overlords or a power for social good?

Search for artificial intelligence on the internet and it’s as if you’ve stepped into a sci-fi film. Headlines declaring we should be scared of robots who will not only take our jobs but our freedom as well. Scenarios of AI creations pitted against their human creators, aspiring to ultimately supplant them and rule the Earth. […]

Tractor
By Roger Burton: Thursday 9th March, 2017

Two sides of the same corn: in-soil nitrate sensing to reduce over-application of nitrogen

Up to 70% of applied nitrogen in agriculture is wasted. Integration of technology such as optical interrogation, drones and satellite imaging with agricultural equipment is showing increases in yield and decreases in operating costs. With new sensing technologies, robust implementations and intelligent data handling and analysis, it is possible to greatly reduce this wastage. Agricultural […]

Solar panel station adjacent to road
By James Westley: Wednesday 8th March, 2017

The road to sustainability: are solar roads and walkways the way of the future?

In the last five years, there has been an increasing trend in fitting roads and pathways with solar panels, making these otherwise dead spaces work harder towards a greener future. The latest of these is the world’s first solar panelled road which was opened in December 2016 in Normandy. Costing the French tax payer €5m, […]

Many mixed breads and rolls
By Cameron Watson: Monday 6th March, 2017

Prove it: The Rise of Food Science

It is believed that the humble loaf has been around in one form or another for 30,000 years and played a central role in the formation of human societies across Western Asia, Europe and North Africa. It inspired early man to begin the agricultural revolution, driving one of the longest and most widespread human-driven genetic […]

A team of young Engineers wins the FIRST LEGO League UK, the future faces of robotics
By Dave Gladwin: Friday 3rd March, 2017

Young Cambridgeshire engineers win Lego robot building competition

It was great to hear on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning that a team of young engineers from Royston and Cambridge had won a FIRST LEGO League UK robot building competition. The team of six friends aged between nine and 16 called B6 Berrellium had to build an autonomous robot that had to successfully complete […]

Power
By Bruce Ackman: Wednesday 22nd February, 2017

The Smart Grid – New Thinking for Old Technology

With the rapid adoption of renewable energy generation and electric vehicles, we are profoundly affecting the way in which electricity needs to be generated, stored and distributed. The Smart-Grid initiative is a broad-based and complex effort to digitize an otherwise analogue and very old infrastructure with the benefit that better use of information will lead […]

Petrol-Pumps
By Stuart Watson: Tuesday 21st February, 2017

Showdown: Diesel vs. Petrol

As I sit in traffic this morning on my daily commute to work the radio tells me that the UK is facing legal action from the European Commission due to unacceptably high levels of air pollution around the country. Several causes are identified, but the one singled out for specific criticism is the diesel engine. […]

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