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The economic value of the UK’s coastal waters has been put at more than £200bn amid growing recognition of the sea’s importance for renewable energy and as a barrier against global heating. In an official estimate for the value...

Tesla’s sales of electric Model 3 sedans and Y hatchbacks grew in the first quarter, helping Elon Musk’s highly valued automaker report delivery figures that topped analysts’ expectations but that were up only modestly from the previous quarter. The...

Kimberly Vasquez, a high school senior in Baltimore, faced a tough problem when the pandemic began. She had no fast internet service in her home, but all her classes were online. Marigold Lewi, a sophomore at the same school,...

BMW, Volvo and Google will not buy any metals produced from deep sea mining before the environmental risks are “comprehensively understood”, in a setback to companies that plan to mine the deep ocean this decade. The companies, along with...

Martin Roscheisen was once at the vanguard of the solar industry, leading a start-up backed by Google’s founders that was set to usher in a green revolution by making solar power cheaper than energy from fossil fuels. The Austrian...

The GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge is an annual incentive prize that seeks to inspire innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data by scientists, informaticians, data modelers, cartographers and other experts. The call for submissions for the 2021 GBIF Ebbe Nielsen...

Help solve the world’s greatest challenge. Answer the Call. Put your coding skills to work in taking on the most pressing issue of our time — climate change. Start building your solution for the 2021 Call for Code Global...

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It’s open to current and recent design engineering students, and is run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s...

Non-stop PV manufacturing capacity expansion has been a near-constant feature of the solar landscape over the past decade. Back to 2008 or even 2014, when market demand was trigged by early subsidy programs and an increasing awareness of the...

Enter to Win Our Largest Prize Ever! The 19th annual Create the Future Design Contest is now accepting entries. Submit your innovative new product ideas for a chance to win $25,000, other great prizes, and global recognition. Get started...

The IChemE Global Awards celebrate chemical, process and biochemical engineering excellence and are widely considered as the world’s most prestigious chemical engineering awards. The IChemE Global Awards 2021 are now open for entries. With 15 categories, the awards recognise...

The COINS Grand Challenge is a global competition to uncover students, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders with ideas that can improve the built environment. Make a difference, win prizes, and improve construction. Why enter? BETTER YOUR CAREER Showcase yourself and...

Just off the M1 motorway near Sheffield, on a site where thousands of steel workers once helped to forge the northern English city’s industrial reputation, a little known hydrogen company with just over 220 employees is once again attracting international...

After struggling to get its semiconductor industry off the ground for the last several years, Brazil finally may have found its place in the market with the development of IC design services, memory modules and packaging. Brazil exists well...

Everyone knows you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole, but imagine that’s what your plumbing connections actually looked like. That’s day-to-day life in the world of healthcare data exchange—pipes of all different shapes and sizes with...

Annabelle Huang recently won a government lottery to try China’s latest economics experiment: a national digital currency. After joining the lottery through the social media app WeChat, Ms. Huang, 28, a business strategist in Shenzhen, received a digital envelope...

The Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize (formerly the IEEE Life Members’ Prize in Electrical History) is supported by the IEEE Life Members’ Fund and administered by the Society for the History of Technology. The prize is awarded annually...

The Samuel Eleazar and Rose Tartakow Levinson Prize is awarded each year for a single-authored, unpublished essay in the history of technology that explicitly examines, in some detail, a technology or technological device or process within the framework of...

Last month, Elon Musk offered $100m to fund a competition to find new ways of removing carbon dioxide from the air or water. To win a slice of the cash on offer, competitors have “to create and demonstrate a...

2020 semi industry grew 6.5%

December sales were up 8.3% y-o-y T $39.2 billion but 2% down on November. Q4 sales were 8.3% up y-o-y at $117.5 billion and 3.5% up on Q3. “Global semiconductor sales increased moderately on an annual basis in 2020,...

The Danish Government has agreed to fund a £25bn artificial energy island in the North Sea. The government will take a majority share in the scheme, with private investors making up the remaining 49% stake. The scheme involves developing...

How tech went big on green energy

Standing on top of a giant wind turbine in Texas, 300 feet above the ground, Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos raised a bottle of champagne above his head, and smashed it against the machine. He was christening Amazon Wind...

Billions of dollars have poured into research and testing by companies like Waymo, GM-backed Cruise, Amazon’s Zoox and startup TuSimple to teach cars and trucks how to drive themselves. Meanwhile, transit was an afterthought. That’s changing as North America’s...

ARIAC 2021 is getting closer! See below for details on the Launch Telecon! This year’s competition will be a Prize competition again with the same prize levels as previous years: 1st Place: $10,000 2nd Place: $5,000 3rd Place: $2,500...

Seeking innovative solutions to aerospace propulsion problems – uncovering the engineers who are contributing to the next great leap. Sir Frank Whittle, and the Powerjet engineers who worked alongside him, were true pioneers. Their revolutionary work will be remembered...

Deadline 31 March 2021! Sign up and Apply now 3DPC 2021! International Design Competition for Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Technologies For the sixth time, whilst the Rapid.Tech 3D the award is aimed at creative, innovative minds and trendsetters across...

China’s space program might have been slowed by the pandemic in 2020, but it certainly didn’t stop. The year’s highlights included sending a rover to Mars, bringing moon rocks back to Earth, and testing out the next-generation crewed vehicle...

The dawning of a new year is a time for commitments, fresh starts, forecasts and projections. One such projection that tends to attract a lot of attention is the estimated costs for future energy technologies – including solar PV....

While auto manufacturing spent 2020 in a lull because of the pandemic, sales are expected to rebound this year. The forecast is particularly bright for electric vehicles and the lithium-ion batteries that power them. Albemarle, one of the world’s...

Over a decade ago, Alipay launched in China, promising easy online transactions for all. A few years later, Chinese super app WeChat introduced a similar mobile payment service called WeChat Pay to its millions of users. Today, the two...

Boeing has agreed to pay $2.5bn to resolve a criminal charge of misleading federal aviation regulators assigned to adjudicate the safety of the 737 Max. The US Department of Justice on Thursday said it had reached a deferred prosecution...

Plunging temperatures and a drop in wind turbine power generation have pushed UK electricity market prices to a new high and prompted the National Grid to put out an urgent call for suppliers to provide extra capacity. The National...

The world’s largest carmakers are facing a potentially crippling shortage of semiconductors, as chipmakers reserve supply for tech groups producing smartphones, tablets and gaming devices. Volkswagen said last month that the bottlenecks meant it would produce 100,000 fewer cars...

We invite applications for the 2021 Richard Casement internship. We are looking for a would-be journalist to spend three months of the summer working on the newspaper in London (covid-19 permitting; otherwise remotely), writing about science and technology. Applicants...

Extreme shifts in weather patterns not dissimilar to warming trends we are already witnessing. Environmentalists similarly fear that a dramatic shift in mitigation strategy will be treated as a green light to continue emitting greenhouse gases with little to...

Infrastructure investor Macquarie has written to UK ministers to confirm it has financed billions of pounds of environmentally friendly projects as part of an agreement in its purchase of the Green Investment Group from the government three years ago....

Beyond the horizon off the coast of North Yorkshire, a quiet revolution is emerging from the waves of the North Sea. More than 80 miles from land, hundreds of the world’s most powerful wind turbines have begun reaching into...

Carmakers will increasingly find themselves in a race to shut, switch or sell factories producing vehicles with internal combustion engines to avoid being left with “stranded assets”, as regulators set a course for a decade of electrification to reduce...

The one-time owner of a London coffee shop now has a paper fortune worth an estimated $155m (£115m) after a deal with a Japanese utility firm valued Octopus Energy, the sustainable energy business he founded little more than five...

A business like Workhorse Group, which employs 130 people and had sales of less than $1 million in the first nine months of the year, would not normally attract much attention on Wall Street. But these are not normal...

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The year 2020 has undoubtedly provided those in healthcare and technology communities with multiple problems to solve. From enabling telemedicine at scale to creating and distributing an entirely new vaccine, the problems caused by the pandemic have required collaboration,...

Uber Jettisons Flying Car Project

A day after Uber handed its autonomous car project to a Silicon Valley start-up, the ride-hailing company is doing the same with an ambitious and money-intensive effort to build flying cars. Uber is handing its flying car project, Uber...

The 2021 Challenge has Launched! The population of Earth is growing daily and our world is running out of land needed to produce food. Meanwhile, the crops farmers plant face escalating challenges due to increasingly variable growing conditions and...

The Maurice Daumas Prize for papers on the history of technology is sponsored by the Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France, and consists of 500 Euro. Each year the prize-winning article is presented and discussed at a special...

Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of our work, we seek to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive –...

Become an FT subscriber to read: UK pledges to end financing for overseas fossil-fuel projects. Leverage our market expertise. Expert insights, analysis and smart data help you cut through the noise to spot trends, risks and opportunities. Join over...

This morning just after 3 a.m. ET, Boston Dynamics sent out a media release confirming that Hyundai Motor Group has acquired a controlling interest in the company that values Boston Dynamics at US $1.1 billion: Under the agreement, Hyundai...

Become an FT subscriber to read: Extreme weather causes surge in solar power insurance costs. Energy coverage from Saudi Arabia to Texas. Journalists in 50+ countries follow the constant flow of money made and lost in oil & gas...

From electromagnetism to quantum mechanics, the greatest scientific discoveries often require little more than a blackboard, a stick of chalk and a congenial place in which to think. The breakthroughs of Roger Penrose, who was recently awarded a Nobel...