Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Should you buy your kids a 3D printer for Christmas?

19 Dec 2014 | By Stephen Harris

The Engineer team discovers making small plastic models in your own home can be harder - and more educational - than it first looks.

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This week's poll: the implications of cheaper oil

16 Dec 2014

The oil price has been falling steeply for the past few weeks. Might this endanger investment in nuclear and renewable energies, and should steps be taken to protect this investment in case of future oil price volatility?

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National Air Traffic Services come in for a bumpy landing

15 Dec 2014 | By Jason Ford

Disruption to the UK’s air traffic system last Friday has left observers asking if two failures in a critical national infrastructure system within a year are acceptable.

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Helicopters give latest technologies a whirl

12 Dec 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

Sub-zero temperatures and altitude couldn’t stop The Engineer reporting on the entry into service of Airbus’s latest helicopter, set to save lives in the Dolomites with Divine help

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Automotive revival shows hope for community and skills

5 Dec 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

It would be difficult for a new volume car maker to arise in the UK, but the expertise and supply chains in the industry’s historic strongholds are still strong

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Will the Autumn Statement lead us down the road to success?

1 Dec 2014 | By Jason Ford

Monday Briefing has a positive feel as we move towards the end of the year, with good news from the manufacturing sector and major infrastructure projects announced.

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Why we shouldn't write off marine energy

28 Nov 2014 | By Stephen Harris

It’s been a bad week for marine energy, but it would be foolish to write off the entire industry on the basis of two setbacks

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The drive for autonomy

21 Nov 2014 | By Jason Ford

How autonomous vehicles could help the elderly while mixing safely with standard vehicles is among the topics covered in the IET’s new review

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Apprenticeships, infrastructure and innovation

17 Nov 2014 | By Jason Ford

Apprenticeships represent an incredible chance to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace, but are enough people taking the opportunity?

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Should we fear the rise of the robots?

14 Nov 2014 | By Jon Excell

If you’re paid less than £30,000 a year then it might be time to start looking nervously over your shoulder, because according to a new report out this week you could soon be replaced by a robot.

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Sky high and down to Earth

10 Nov 2014 | By Jason Ford

Pioneering space technology will help answer questions about the solar system’s origins this week, while a series of events aims to enthuse prospective engineers

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Honouring yesterday's engineers and the creativity of tomorrow's engineers

3 Nov 2014 | By Jason Ford

The unveiling of a statue of one of the leading engineers of Britain’s Age of Steam marks the beginning of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week. 

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8 Dec 2014 | By David Falzani

In his first article for us, the president of Sainsbury Management Fellows calls for earlier training of engineers in commercial and business skills

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The recent infrastructure announcements underline the UK’s need for skilled engineers, and the community needs to work together to drive their creation

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A question of expectations

20 Nov 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

A new job, and some morale-boosting praise, prompts our anonymous blogger to ask why different companies appear to have different expectations of their engineers?

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May the Force be with the engineers

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The chief executive of InnovateUK confesses to his fear of Darth Vader and praises the efforts of engineers in the UK’s world-leading special effects industry.

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Boris and the Vacuum Cleaner

21 Oct 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Manufacturers need to take the lead in persuading consumers to put efficiency before power writes our anonymous blogger

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A cheer for 'The Year of the Engineer'

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The chief executive of EngineeringUK was encouraged by some of the messages coming out of the recent Conservative Party conference

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Low Carbon Vehicles come of age

2 Oct 2014

The chief executive of InnovateUK explains the progress made in low-carbon vehicles

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1 Oct 2014

David Downs, Engineering Director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, highlights the progress being made on the UK’s two new aircraft carriers.

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Giving engineers a voice in government

22 Sep 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger calls on Britain’s engineers to engage in the political process

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The oil price has been falling steeply for the past few weeks. Might this endanger investment in nuclear and renewable energies, and should steps be taken to protect this investment in case of future oil price volatility?