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UW researchers used microscopy to identify inefficient regions in perovskite materials used in solar cells, as evidenced by dark areas in C

Perovskite flaws can improve solar device efficiency

1 May 2015

Researchers have demonstrated that perovskite materials contain flaws that can be engineered to improve solar devices. 

42 Technology’s winning concept is based on an adaptable carriage where seats can be automatically moved and stowed allowing room for freight (as shown in the model above).  This approach will help ease road congestion and deliver additional revenues to t

42 Technology wins funding to develop reconfigurable railway carriage

1 May 2015

A railway carriage that can be reconfigured to carry passengers or freight is one of three designs sharing £2.2m to develop next generation rolling stock.

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Morphing wing technology completes initial flight tests

30 Apr 2015

NASA researchers have completed initial flight tests of a new morphing wing technology that could reduce fuel costs, airframe weight and decrease aircraft noise during take-offs and landings.

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Boat designers off to a flying start

30 Apr 2015 | By Evelyn Adams

As teams grapple with new rules for the 2017 America’s Cup, Ben Ainslie Racing is using software to get ahead.


Positive reinforcement: 21st century 3D weaving

28 Apr 2015 | By Helen Knight

The art of weaving by loom could hold the key to producing stronger and more complex carbon-fibre structures.


Can technology save the NHS?

21 Apr 2015 | By Jon Excell

Digital devices able to remotely monitor a range of conditions could help get the health service off the critical list

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In Europe, dozens of reactors are due to be dismantled over the next decade

Clean break for engineers

1 May 2015 | By Helen Knight

The decommissioning challenge will provide some exciting opportunities over the coming years. Helen Knight reports

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How to get a graduate engineering job with Atkins

15 Apr 2015

The Student Engineer spoke to Serena Tulloch, graduate recruitment adviser at engineering consultancy Atkins, to find out how to navigate the firm’s hiring process.

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The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition returns on 24 & 25 April

18 Mar 2015

The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition on 24 & 25 April 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham, offers a great opportunity to meet recruiters from the industry’s top employers.

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There's still time to register for our annual innovation celebration

28 Apr 2015 | By Jon Excell

From the Rosetta comet-landing mission and the UK’s largest ever warship to Industry 4.0 and the rise of reshoring, The Engineer Conference 2015 boasts an unmissable mix of inspiring projects and industry big hitters.

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A new commercial golden age?

1 May 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

Parallels with the 1930s era of aerospace, with its buccaneering engineer/tycoons, are unavoidable. Will commercial space flight developments change our lives?

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Open Bionics founder Joel Gibbard

20 Apr 2015

Handy man: Joel Gibbard founded Open Bionics with the aim of producing advanced prosthetics that are both affordable and desirable

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Low oil prices – what do they mean for renewables?

10 Apr 2015

The renewable energy industry will be in for a testing time if  oil prices remain low, and will have to bolster arguments about the stability of energy prices from renewables, says Gordon Edge, director of policy at RenewableUK

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May 1905: Obituary of Edmund Beckett Denison, Baron Grimthorpe

29 Apr 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

The horologist who designed the clock of the Palace of Westminster was a formidable, combative personality but well-respected for his ingenuity and skill

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The Guardian Newspaper is running a campaign to persuade organisations such as charities and universities to divest their holdings in petrochemical companies, with the slogan 'Keep it in the ground'. Which option is closest to your feelings on such campaigns and the slogan?