Wednesday, 28 January 2015


Poll: A fracking moratorium?

27 Jan 2015

A bill calling for a moratorium on fracking until more is known about its environmental impact has been defeated in the House of Commons. Which statement best reflects your opinion on this?

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Cuadrilla's fracking operation in Lancashire

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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UK manufacturing

Last Week's Poll: Manifesto for Manufacturing

20 Jan 2015

A cross-party group of MPs has issued a manifesto for manufacturing. Which of the themes it addresses are most important for the sector?

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Power to the people

19 Jan 2015 | By Jason Ford

Energy is in the spotlight this week with events touching on nuclear and renewables, plus details on how your charitable work could lead to Infiniti Red Bull Racing Rewards

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Engineering salaries send a worrying message to the top graduates

16 Jan 2015 | By Stephen Harris

A new survey puts graduate salaries at top engineering firms way behind those in other sectors. That’s dangerous for the companies and damaging for the whole industry.

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Robots at work in JLR's Halewood plant

Jaguar roars into action, while recruits remain scarce

12 Jan 2015 | By Jason Ford

Encouraging news from one of the UK’s biggest engineering employers is accompanied by more dire warnings about skills shortages. It’s time we started hearing more about schoolchildrens’ views on the sector and real solutions to the problems

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Two technologies from CES you should be genuinely excited about

9 Jan 2015 | By Stephen Harris

Behind the usual hype about wearable computers and miniature drones, there were some surprisingly impressive innovations at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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Previous poll: the implications of cheaper oil

6 Jan 2015

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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International CES 2015

Gadget fairs and cautious optimism

5 Jan 2015 | By Jason Ford

The new year seems to be heralding a period of uncertainty for business ahead of a long General Election campaign

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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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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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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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Turning dreams to reality is rarely risk free

18 Dec 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Sad news reached my desk just as the last Secret Engineer Blog was sent.

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A year with the carriers

11 Dec 2014 | By David Downs

David Downs, Engineering director of the aircraft carrier alliance, looks back over the year which saw one carrier launched and the assembly of the second get underway

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Give entrepreneurial skills to engineers for better innovation

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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Roads to the future

4 Dec 2014

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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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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A bill calling for a moratorium on fracking until more is known about its environmental impact has been defeated in the House of Commons. Which statement best reflects your opinion on this?