Osborne backs 'industrial strategy' in spending review

26 Nov 2015

George Osborne is ‘backing science’ with a pledge to protect the £4.7bn science budget in real terms up to 2020/21.

Silicon pillars emerge from nanosize holes in a thin gold film. The pillars funnel 97 percent of incoming light to a silicon substrate, a technology that could significantly boost the performance of conventional solar cells.

Nano-technique could make solar cells less “shiny” and more efficient

26 Nov 2015

Researchers at Stanford University have figured out a way of boosting the efficiency of solar cells by reducing the degree to which they reflect light.




Government expenditure in the frame

23 Nov 2015 | By Andrew Wade

The Defence Review heralds an increase in spending, with new aircraft announced, although a cut in planned number of new ships, but the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later this week is likely to unveil cuts elsewhere.


As we go forward to the future, we must rethink cars and energy

4 Nov 2015

The amazing prescience and hidden subtext of the Back to the Future films are often overlooked, but time travel aside, the way electric cars will change our lives needs attention.


Built by the UK's General Electric Company, it was Japan's first nuclear reactor

March 1959: Japan's first nuclear power station

12 Mar 2013 | By Jon Excell

The Engineer’s 1959 article on Japan’s first nuclear power station, is a poignant reminder of both the UK’s diminished expertise in this area, and the impact of the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

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The UK government's latest defence review has included the announcement of increased spending on aircraft and special forces units. Meanwhile, the latest HM Treasury autumn statement is expected to include deep cuts which might hit health, industry and science. Which of these statements is closest to your feelings?