Domestic and hazardous robots and tunnels under London

5 Oct 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

Two ever-fascinating areas, developing robots for extreme environments and the home, and the underground structures beneath London, dominate this week’s events.

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As well as the obvious benefits of electricity and jobs, Tidal Lagoon Power is keen to position the plant as a public amenity, with the breakwall providing 9.5km of running and cycling track

Swansea delay highlights government’s energy confusion

2 Oct 2015 | By Andrew Wade

Negotiations over funding have held back the flagship project, which aims to show proof of concept for large-scale tidal lagoon energy.

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Bloodhound meets its public

25 Sep 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

After seven years’ hard work and a complicated build programme, Bloodhound SSC is finally making its public debut ahead of its first full test and record attempt next year. The Engineer visited and spoke to the team

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Airbus heads south in battle with Boeing

18 Sep 2015 | By Andrew Wade

Airbus’s new factory in Mobile, Alabama, is a statement of intent on the company’s plans for North America. 

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Freak power: how biomass is helping the UK decarbonise

11 Sep 2015

Drax, the UK’s biggest power station, is slowly weaning itself off coal and replacing it with biomass. The Engineer took a look around to see what all the fuss was about. 

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28 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Wade

India’s world famous rail network is looking skywards to cut costs and reduce emissions. 

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24 Aug 2015 | By Jason Ford

A TV production company is recruiting for a series aimed at reconnecting people to the engineers that are intrinsic to everyday life but are often forgotten.

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D-Railed: Old tube trains gain a new lease of life

21 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Wade

Vivarail is repurposing old District Line rolling stock for local and regional rail services. The Engineer took a ride.

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17 Aug 2015 | By Jason Ford

It’s results time. And the annual rush to university is causing concern at Semta, the employer-led body that is working to ensure the right skills are available in engineering and advanced manufacturing.

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14 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Wade

From designing the Royal Navy’s latest submarines, to training facial surgeons, virtual reality is finally making itself useful. 

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This week's poll: National Infrastructure Commission

6 Oct 2015

The Chancellor has announced that a politically neutral Commission is to oversee infrastructure projects in the UK. Chaired by former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis, it will seek to streamline and speed up approval and planning processes. Which sector of the infrastructure should be its first priority?

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28 Sep 2015 | By Jason Ford

The continuing scandal over emissions from Volkswagen’s diesel vehicles has widened to a discussion on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

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The Chancellor has announced that a politically neutral Commission is to oversee infrastructure projects in the UK. Chaired by former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis, it will seek to streamline and speed up approval and planning processes. Which sector of the infrastructure should be its first priority?