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Dr Gao’s three-year HVM Catapult Fellowship will see him investigating how to employ the EPSRC Centre’s prototype instruments in the roll-to-roll production line at the Centre for Process Innovation

Solar panels on a roll with tool to identify nanoscopic defects

22 Apr 2015 | By Julia Pierce

A ‘one-shot’ interferometer that rapidly spots nanoscale flaws in solar panels during manufacture could soon move from the lab to production line after winning a government grant.

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Plasma implants protect against counterfeit goods

22 Apr 2015 | By Helen Knight

An ultra-fast laser system that creates unique images within glass bottles could protect consumers from potentially dangerous counterfeit medicines and alcoholic drinks.

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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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Working together in perfect harmony

12 Sep 2014 | By Jon Excell

Could a new generation of “human-ish” industrial robots able to work alongside their human counterparts help spread automation to even the smallest of engineering firms?

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March 1914: George Westinghouse

4 Mar 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

Our obituary of the remarkable inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse doesn’t mention the rivalry for which he’s best-known today

The car was described by The Engineer as 'resembling a punt'

February 1906: The valveless motor car

25 Feb 2015 | By Jon Excell

The early 20th century was awash with automotive innovations, some of which went onto to dominate the industry over the following decades, whilst others didn’t quite have the transformative impact their inventors expected.

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