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British

Blood swept lands and seas of red, at the Tower of London (Photo: Adam Williams/Gizmag)

The Tower of London is currently home to a poignant art installation titled Blood swept lands and seas of red that will eventually feature 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies within its dry moat, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the First World War.  Read More

Flying For Freedom plans to send up to five microlights to the South Pole

If you think going outside to collect the mail isn't on because it’s a bit nippy, then you might want to give a thought to a squadron of disabled British servicemembers who plan to spend next January flying to the South Pole in little more than hang gliders. Organized by the charity Flying For Freedom, up to five open-cockpit microlights will be piloted by the veterans to show what severely disabled people can achieve, as well as inspire others to seek rehabilitation.  Read More

The Royal Institute of British Architects (or RIBA) has revealed the 28 potential winners ...

In what's been a busy month for architectural competitions, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has revealed its Manser Medal longlist. Since 2001, the Manser Medal has been awarded annually to RIBA's favorite new UK-based house or extension. The shortlist will be announced September 4, and the overall winner declared during RIBA's Stirling Prize ceremony, on October 16.  Read More

The Mini Cooper SD twin-turbo diesel

The new Mini Cooper SD twin-turbo diesel has just been revealed. With 170 hp (125 kW) and a 0 - 62 mph (100 km/h) time of just 7.2 seconds with the optional 6-speed Steptronic transmission, the SD promises to be the fastest and most powerful diesel-powered Mini ever produced.  Read More

Early design concept of the new polar research ship

What’s big and red and costs £200 million? The answer is the new flagship of Britain’s polar research fleet complete with helideck and robot submarines. On Friday at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne announced that the British government had authorized the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to go ahead with the design and construction of a new state-of-the-art vessel for polar research and to maintain the British presence in Antarctica and the South Atlantic.  Read More

British drivers will soon face 'zero tolerance' drug driving laws (Photo: Shutterstock)

The UK has put in place some of the strictest drug driving laws on the planet in an effort to get drug-impaired drivers off the roads. Breath screening and blood tests will be used to detect eight illicit drugs at "zero tolerance" levels, and eight further prescription drugs at levels that would begin to impair driving. Naturally, since the British government can’t be seen to encourage recreational drug use, these limits haven’t been put into a practical context. So we contacted several drug testing experts and a forensic pharmacologist to try to work out what they mean. And as it turns out, some drugs will make you illegal to drive long after their physical effects have worn off.  Read More

The David Brown Speedback works off a Jaguar XK chassis and 5.0-liter engine

Unveiled at a private event in London last week, the first design from newly founded David Brown Automotive was made available to a select few. The Speedback from this new automotive enterprise, though not associated with Aston Martin’s founder Sir David Brown (the DB in DB5), takes more than a little artistic license with its interpretation of the James Bond classic.  Read More

The four world record breakers at the National Motor Museum

Records are made to be broken, and the British have a habit of breaking World Land Speed Records more than anyone else. Last week, Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell, opened a new multimedia exhibit entitled “Britain & For The Hell Of It” at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire. Celebrating the golden age of British record breaking from the 1920s through the 1960s, it features four famous record-breaking cars as well as souvenirs and memorabilia, trophies and personal items belonging to the drivers.  Read More

The Cultybraggan shelter is up for auction with bids starting at £200,000 (US$300,000)

You can never be too careful, and if you have a upwards of £200,000 (US$330,000) laying around, you could sleep a little easier as the new owner of a nuclear bunker. Built by the British government during the Cold War to ride out a Soviet attack, the decommissioned Cultybraggan Camp bunker is being put on the block as part of a plan to preserve and redevelop the former British Army camp.  Read More

The Watchkeeper UAV has be given the go ahead for military flight tests (Photo: Richard Se...

Since first taking to the air in June 2009, trials of the UK's homegrown Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle have been conducted by industry partners including QinetiQ. The UK Ministry of Defence has now announced the aircraft has been awarded a Release To Service, clearing the way for flight training to begin with the Royal Artillery.  Read More

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