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Laura Tyrer

Laura Tyrer is a former Assistant Editor - Features for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

South Africa’s path on the steep and rocky road to Copenhagen

20th February 2009 The stage has been set for a pivotal climate change negotiations play at the fifteenth United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Copenhagen, in December. However, whether the outcomes of the negotiations follow the scrip of a morality play, a tragedy or a pantomime, only time and the... 

Exploring the riddles of daily living

26th September 2008 Self-confessed as lacking a unifying theme, the revised and expanded edition of Freakonomics nevertheless takes its readers on a captivating tour of some of the riddles that govern everyday life.  

The evolution of colour

8th August 2008 The modern-day artist, merrily selecting shades of colour dreamt up in his or her imagination from a rack of options, is unlikely to give much consideration to the historical evolution that colour and pigments have undergone to make this convenient activity possible.  

Industry Sector reorganization provides benefits to Siemens’ Customers

25th July 2008 The reorganisation of manufacturing giant Siemens' Industry sector will make the Industrial Divisions faster, more flexible, and less complex. It will also improve interaction with the organisation's customers through more direct and transparent communication and interaction.  

Working the healthcare continuum

25th July 2008 Within the technology-driven healthcare industry, which seeks to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare, while at the same time driving down the costs of medical care, healthcare solutions provider Siemens is focusing its attention on the continuum of care, from prevention of... 

Climate change solutions

25th April 2008 While the cover hints at sensationalist scaremongering, with the depiction of climate change’s cute poster children, the old adage of not judging a book by its cover proves to be quite true in this reasonable, wise discussion of the causes and effects of, and solutions to, global warming. 

Chinese, Indian vehicle manufacturers race to improve quality

21st March 2008 Chinese, Indian vehicle manufacturers race to improve qualityChinese and Indian vehicles are about five years behind the international automobile market when it comes to quality, says marketing information firm JD Power founder Dave Power. 

Music and the mind

18th January 2008 Music, intrinsic to every culture and thought to be a solely human preoccupation, has the capacity to inspire us emotionally, transport us back in time and move us physically.  

Beijing brings in bus rapid transit system quickly and efficiently

9th November 2007 Nearly two years since the first line of Beijing's bus rapid transit (BRT) system began operation, the rapid passenger transport system is contributing to the reduction of the city's severely congested roads and associated air pollution for which the city is infamous. 

Joburg pursues bus rapid transit system in bid to ease gridlock by 2010

2nd November 2007 The City of Johannesburg' newly launched Rea Vaya ("We are moving") bus rapid transit (BRT) system will form the backbone of the city's public transport plans to reduce the use of private cars and relieve traffic gridlocks. 

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