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Acoustic chamber at Estec's test centre
From Apple's flying saucer to actual space exploration, silicon.com's sister site CNET went to take a look at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (Estec).
Pictured above is the acoustic chamber at Estec's test centre. It is employed to reproduce the noise made by rockets in order to evaluate whether satellites or other space-bound specimen can survive the intense sounds of a launch.
For a closer look at Estec's space research, see It really is rocket science inside the European Space Agency's test centre.
Photo: Daniel Terdiman/CNET
The Tunny machine at the National Museum of Computing
From space travel to time travel. In June, we took a look at the work of computing enthusiasts who have rebuilt a machine that helped crack the codes used by the Nazi high command during World War II.
This is a close-up of the Tunny machine, which is housed at the National Museum of Computing in Buckinghamshire.
See more shots of the fully functional code-cracking machine at WWII machine that cracked Nazi codes is reborn.
Photo: John Robertson
Open University Pervasive Interaction Lab tour
Some fascinating research came under the silicon.com microscope last month as senior reporter Natasha Lomas took a tour of the Open University's Pervasive Interaction Lab, which explores human computer interaction and how technology can shape and influence behaviour.
Pictured above is one of its projects called MusicJacket - which uses motion sensors and vibrotactile feedback to help a violin student adopt the correct posture and bow motion.
To learn more of the lab's research projects, see Can tech change your behaviour? The Open University investigates.
Photo: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com