Saturday, 29 November 2014

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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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This week's poll: Crowdfunding in space

25 Nov 2014

LunarMissionOne has launched as a UK-based effort to land a geological investigation probe on the moon, using the Kickstarter crowdfunding website. What are the advantages of funding the mission in this way?

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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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Schools under the spotlight

31 Oct 2014 | By Jason Ford

Are the UK’s schools doing enough to educate young people about the opportunities in industry?

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This week's poll: Capacity crunch

28 Oct 2014

With UK electricity capacity expected to reach a seven year low this winter (4 per cent) which of the following should be prioritised in order to keep the lights on?

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A partial solution to the pressing engineering skills problem

24 Oct 2014 | By Stephen Harris

TRS, the industry’s latest attempt to tackle the skills shortage, glosses over the nuances of the issue - but any action is welcome. 

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Keeping our cool about compact fusion

17 Oct 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

Easy though it is to get carried away by the promise of the compact fusion reactor that Lockheed Martin says it is working on, there’s still a great deal we don’t know, so we have to remain cautious.

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Last week's poll: Competitions and education Video

14 Oct 2014

Boeing is sponsoring the latest in a series of ‘build-a-plane challenges’, where schools build a light aircraft from a kit which students later fly in as passengers. Is this a good model for attracting students to STEM careers and giving them a taste of what day-today life is like for engineers?

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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

11 Nov 2014

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'

6 Oct 2014

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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Head start from blurred lines

15 Sep 2014 | By Iain Gray

The CEO of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, argues that blurring the lines between early stage research and commercialisation can give the UK a global head start in emerging technologies

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Tomorrow's engineers today

11 Sep 2014 | By Paul Jackson

Specialist teachers and expert advice are vital to help young people realise their potential if they want to go into engineering, says the chief executive of EngineeringUK

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The mechanisation of war

11 Aug 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger reflects on the role played by engineers in the First World War

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Prince of Wales gets behind engineering education

11 Aug 2014 | By Paul Jackson

The Chief Executive of EngineeringUK explains how Prince Charles is lending his weight to engineering education

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LunarMissionOne has launched as a UK-based effort to land a geological investigation probe on the moon, using the Kickstarter crowdfunding website. What are the advantages of funding the mission in this way?