Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Summary: The best tech snaps of 2011

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  • Apple's new campus

    It may resemble an intergalactic spaceship but this space age construction is what Apple wants its new base to look like.

    The company revealed its plans for the campus in Cupertino, California - the town that plays home to its current headquarters - in June this year.

    See more images of Apple's planned headquarters at Photos: Space base - Apple's new HQ comes with a sci-fi flavour.

    Photo: Apple/City of Cupertino

  • ESA Research and Testing Centre

    silicon.com's sister site CNET News.com took a tour of the European Space Research and Technology Centre in June this year.

    The centre is used by the European Space Agency to develop and test components for its missions - covering areas such as telecommunications, science, human space flight, science, Earth observation and more.

    This unusual looking room is the electromagnetic compatibility chamber. The cones are used to insulate the room against electromagnetic interference.

    To explore more of the research and technology centre check out Photos: It really is rocket science inside the European Space Agency's test centre.

    Photo: Daniel Terdiman/CNET

  • 3D chocolate printer

    It might sound like something out of Willy Wonka's factory but researchers at Exeter University have developed a machine that is able to print in chocolate.

    The printer, shown off in June this year, spurts out layer upon layer of chocolate to build 3D objects.

    To indulge yourself with more shots of chocolaty goodness visit Photos: Come in Willy Wonka, your time is up - meet the printer that prints in chocolate.

    Photo: David Martin/EPSRC

Topic: Hardware

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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