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Mechanic steals, crashes empty plane from Seattle airport

A young mechanic described as suicidal stole an empty passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma Airport, took it on an hour-long flight that included a hair-raising loop as F-15 fighter jets gave chase, then crashed, killing himself. Officials ruled out any link to terrorism in the incident, which took place late on Friday, and saw the man holding a conservation with an...

Germany tests solar car which charges as being driven

A Munich-based start-up has taken advantage of the strong Bavarian sun this summer to test the final development of the charging system of its Sion car, an all-electric solar vehicle that lets you charge as you drive. Germany will likely miss its target of putting one million electric cars on the road by 2020, but the government said in April...

Google Assistant no longer needs every ‘hey’ and ‘OK’ By Jon Fingas

At last, you don't have to call out Google Assistant by name every time when you want to issue a command. As promised at I/O, Google has made Assistant's Continued Conversation available for US English speakers using a Home speaker. Enable it in your preferences and you don't have to use "hey Google" or "OK Google" for follow-ups, even if...

Engineering and the politics of EU research funding programmes – Hayaatun Sillem

The significance of EU research funding programmes to UK businesses has so far received little attention but a recent keynote speech from the prime minister was very encouraging, writes Royal Academy of Engineering chief executive Hayaatun Sillem On 21 May I found myself on a train to Macclesfield with a bevy of other stakeholders from the world of science and...

Uganda’s Brian Gitta Wins Africa Prize for Groundbreaking Malaria Test

A 24-year-old Ugandan software engineer has won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Brian Gitta is the first Ugandan to win the prestigious Africa Prize, and the youngest winner to date. Gitta and his team developed Matibabu, a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. Matibabu, which means ‘medical centre' in Swahili, is a low-cost, reusable device that clips...

China sets a strong example on how to address scientific fraud

The Chinese government knows that a slice of its generous science budget — the world’s second-largest by country — goes to waste on bad science. It doesn’t want to waste any more. On 30 May, the State Council and the Communist Party of China announced a radical new system of regulations to police science and raise research standards in...

China to speed up tech market development

China's tech sector has seen huge developments in recent years, helping to boost the country's global influence in science and technology. The next step is to strengthen its current technology transfer system and speed up developing its technology market, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology. Earlier this week, the ministry issued guidelines to further commercialize and industrialize science and...

China Focus: Chinese students return from abroad with startup fever

Li Huiyu gave up a chance to work for one of America's leading genomics companies, instead returning to China to work for a startup in 2017, the same year he graduated from Stanford University's engineering school. "I like new challenges, responsibility and leading a team forward," Li said. "I hope what I learned can contribute to my country," Li said. He noticed...

The World’s largest Ocean Cleaning machine is Ready to Commence Work

According to FactCompany, the Worlds ambitious plan to rid the Ocean of plastic Wastes is now ready  after years of development. The non-profit organization The Ocean Cleanup  founded by Boyan Slat who conceived the idea as a 16 year old boy, will begin the process of installing its plastic capturing device in the Pacific Ocean this week. The company designed and...

Stephen Hawking, science’s brightest star, dies aged 76

Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76. His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirming his death at his home in Cambridge. Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened that...