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

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • ESA Research and Testing Centre's sister site CNET 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

  • Robot worm

    This worm bot might look like the stuff of nightmares but it could one day help rescue victims of natural disasters.

    The bot, pictured in July this year, was designed by University of Leeds engineering fellow Dr Jordan Boyle to demonstrate ways that robotics can learn from biology.

    The way the robot moves is based on the locomotion of a real-life nematode worm that Boyle studied during his PhD research.

    Possible applications for the robot include searching for survivors in collapsed buildings or navigating gaps in damaged structures to deliver aid to individuals trapped in disaster zones, according to the university.

    Explore more pictures of the worm bot here - Photos: Giant robot worm to the rescue.

    Photo: University of Leeds

Topic: Hardware


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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