Monday, 02 March 2015

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The Forth Bridge, and mastering water power today

2 Mar 2015 | By Jason Ford

Briefing looks both forward and backward today, marking the anniversary of one of Britain’s most iconic Victorian structures and the announcement of bold plans in tidal energy

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This week's poll: Election priorities

24 Feb 2015

With the general election fast approaching, which engineering issues would you most like to see politicians address in their manifestos?

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Capital projects and safe fracking

23 Feb 2015 | By Jason Ford

Best practise for fracking to ensure gas can be harvested safely come under focus this week, along with engineering in London and the EEF’s National Conference 

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Will we ever want to wear a computer on our face?

20 Feb 2015 | By Stephen Harris

Sony is taking orders for its attempt at smart glasses just as Google has gone back to the drawing board. But electronic eyewear could be taking them down a blind alley.

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Celebrations for London's other Underground

16 Feb 2015 | By Jason Ford

The Prince of Wales will be helping to mark the 150th anniversary of one of London’s (and the Victorian era’s) defining civil engineering works, Joseph Bazalgette’s sewerage system, improvements to which are still underway.

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Watching us, watching who?

13 Feb 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

The line between appliance and service is blurring, and that presents challenges for provider and customer alike.

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ESA gears up for space taxi launch Video

9 Feb 2015 | By Jason Ford

Scheduled for launch this Wednesday the European Space Agency’s IXV could represent the first step towards a European version of NASA’s shuttle programme

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Going underground: cities of the future

6 Feb 2015 | By Stephen Harris

Could Britain’s new generation of tunnelling expertise be put to use creating underground cities? And would we really want them?

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Legion of Honour

2 Feb 2015 | By Jason Ford

This week’s focus is on who will win an array of prestigious awards recognising the people who have made the most significant advancements in engineering


Technology that treats people like cattle risks dehumanising us all

30 Jan 2015 | By Stephen Harris

  ][\;’RFID tagging has brought efficiency and ease to many aspects of our work and personal lives. But we should be careful applying the same principles to people.

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The checks are in the shale

26 Jan 2015 | By Jason Ford

The controversy over fracking has stepped up a gear, with an MPs committee calling for a moratorium ahead of a vote on the government’s infrastructure bill that could make shale gas exploration easier

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Robots in pursuit of power Video

23 Jan 2015 | By Stephen Harris

The latest upgrade to Google’s Atlas humanoid robot reminds us why we shouldn’t be afraid of robotic world domination just yet.

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The emotional factor for successful products

17 Feb 2015 | By David Falzani

Companies need to think about how they can add ‘emotional value’ to their products, says Sainsbury Management Fellows’ president David Falzani

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Non-Safety Aids

16 Feb 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

The recent cold snap reminded our anonymous blogger why he likes to run an old car

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Deep impact

12 Feb 2015

Engineering has been shown to have a significant, positive effect not only on the economy but also on individuals’ lives, says Paul Jackson

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​Nearly getting arrested helped promote my business: why you should take risks to bring your engineering idea to life

11 Feb 2015 | By Laurence Kemball-Cook

Laurence Kemball-Cook, entrepreneur and inventor of the Pavegen tile that generates electricity from footsteps, explains why he had to break the rules to get his company off the ground.

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Next generation cars for the digital world

3 Feb 2015

With the increasing number of electronic devices available in vehicles at all levels of the market, automotive engineers face a difficult challenge in ensuring that drivers can expect good quality service from all the services available to them.

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How you can become a chief engineer

26 Jan 2015 | By Shaun Simmons

You can start to build the skills you’ll need to get to the top even before you leave university, says Shaun Simmons, managing director of engineering at Cordant Recruitment.


Reflections on boundary crossing

19 Jan 2015

Iain Gray has now left his position as chief executive of Innovate UK, and looks back on what he learned about how diferent sectors influence each other in unexpected ways

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Volunteering my engineering skills has helped me change lives in Africa

14 Jan 2015 | By Sophie McPhillips

Sophie McPhillips, water engineer and NCE Graduate of the Year, explains why a placement with Engineers Without Borders is so rewarding and how you can get a start in international development.

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It's patently obvious – isn’t it?

13 Jan 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger reflects on the development of the patent system, and wonders whether it’s still fit for purpose

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How to turn around the image of engineering

13 Jan 2015 | By David Falzani

Guest blogger David Falzani presents some practical ideas on how engineering can exploit emotional connections to make itself more attractive

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Despite sucesses, we still need more engineers

12 Jan 2015

Engineering contributed more than a quarter of the UK’s GDP last year, says the chief executive of Engineering UK, but we need to double the number of graduates and apprentices entering the industry.

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With the general election fast approaching, which engineering issues would you most like to see politicians address in their manifestos?