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Emission impossible?

30 Nov 2015 | By Jason Ford

The role that technology can play in addressing climate change will be a key topic at this week’s critical COP21 talks in Paris

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Government expenditure in the frame

23 Nov 2015 | By Jason Ford

The Defence Review heralds an increase in spending, with new aircraft announced, although a cut in planned number of new ships, but the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later this week is likely to unveil cuts elsewhere.

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13 Nov 2015 | By Jason Ford

An unsettled night’s sleep led our news editor to wonder whether the best uses are being found for advanced acoustics technologies

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Sellafield plutonium a multi-layered problem

6 Nov 2015 | By Andrew Wade

The 140 tons of plutonium at Sellafield has huge energy potential, but the technologies needed to exploit it have yet to be proven. 

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Science and climate sceptics should come clean

30 Oct 2015 | By Andrew Wade

A prominent media voice has over the past two weeks extolled the virtues of global warming, and denied the benefits of government funded scientific research. He also happens to own the land on which England’s biggest open-cast coal mine is situated. 

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This week's poll: COP21

1 Dec 2015

COP21 is seeking binding agreements to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. Which of these statements is closest to your feelings?

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Manufacturers call on government to get behind growth

16 Nov 2015 | By Jason Ford

October’s PMI for UK manufacturing recorded the sector’s best month for output growth since June 2014, and with it came calls for the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review to help maintain this progress.


Last week's poll: Chinese civil aerospace

10 Nov 2015

The Chinese state-owned aerospace company, Comac, has rolled out a new twin-engined, narrow bodied airliner, the C919, many of whose components are sourced from the US and Europe. What is the wider significance of this?

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Innovate 2015 puts focus on new technology and government science budget

9 Nov 2015 | By Jason Ford

The UK’s showcase event to attract overseas interest in innovation and new technology coincides with a report from a parliamentary committee calling for a commitment to increase science funding

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2 Nov 2015

The focus is on the engineers of the future this week, with issues of careers, training and education to the fore

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Drone safety in the spotlight

26 Oct 2015 | By Jason Ford

As small UASs become cheaper, concern is rising about their safe operation, with new regulations and meetings about how they can be useful.

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23 Oct 2015 | By Jason Ford

Engineer Towers is home to a variety of smartphones, some bigger than others, some more useful.

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COP21 is seeking binding agreements to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. Which of these statements is closest to your feelings?