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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 […]

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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. […]

Windfarm
By Andrew Strong: Tuesday 14th February, 2017

The Cost of Reliable Wind Energy

I spent a fascinating couple of days in Hamburg at the Wind O&M (Operations & Maintenance) Forum, hearing about the wind energy industry’s efforts to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE in £/kWh) of electricity produced by onshore wind turbines. Whilst the industry has made huge strides in progress since the world’s first wind farm* was commissioned in […]

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By Paul Baxter: Wednesday 8th February, 2017

The death of a data visionary

One of the first things you learn when studying statistics is how easy it is to get them wrong – you get taught a long list of fallacies and mistakes and told to avoid repeating them. Then you learn, probably though harsh experience, how easy it is to get the statistics right, yet leave anyone […]

Trevor-Lab
By Trevor Wood: Friday 3rd February, 2017

Big Data: Tomorrow’s World or Black Mirror

In my favourite episode of Black Mirror, personal data is weaponised. The episode portrays a world where personal information is stored forever and used to determine a ubiquitous social currency. Among the nasty consequences is that a failure to keep up appearances might leave you unable to board an aeroplane or live in a fashionable […]

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By Dave Gladwin: Wednesday 14th December, 2016

Getting Smart at the Edge – Predictive machine maintenance

Machine maintenance may sound like a dull subject but getting it right could propel maintenance strategies straight into the heart of state of the art technologies. I’m talking about predictive maintenance. If you consider that a single unplanned shutdown in the semiconductor industry can cost as much as $3 million, you can see how getting […]