Defence

The NS honeycomb structures are able to provide repeated protection from multiple impacts, offering more durability than existing honeycomb technology.

Honeycomb structure offers energy-absorbing applications Video

16 Jun 2015

Researchers in the US have created a new honeycomb-like structure designed to withstand heavy impacts.

Bristol chromophore

Squid skin display mimic has promise for camouflage and alert systems Video

16 Jun 2015

A soft robotics system has shown the ability to mimic patterns used by squid to distract prey

KAIST

Korean team wins DARPA robotics competition

8 Jun 2015

A robot developed by a team of Korean researchers has won first prize in the DARPA (US Defence Advanced Research Project Agency) robotics challenge, which was held this weekend in California.

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Electronics

The device, which monitors a user’s brainwaves, could offer a lifeline to people with severe disabilities

BBC trials 'mind-control' TV remote

26 Jun 2015 | By Helen Knight

Researchers at BBC digital are investigating the use of technology that allows users to control their TV sets with their own brainwaves

Robots at work in JLR's Halewood plant

Widespread backing for UK robotics network

24 Jun 2015

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced the launch of a new robotics network that aims to foster academic and industry collaboration.

tube

Xerox to trial universal NFC transport solution Video

23 Jun 2015 | By Andrew Wade

Xerox is developing a new Near Field Communication (NFC) ticketless payment solution, designed to provide access to public transport systems all over the world using a single smartphone app.

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Medical

US researchers have developed a 'Placenta-on-a-chip' micro device

'Placenta-on-a-chip' to boost understanding of pregnancy

19 Jun 2015

A device that models the flow of nutrients and waste and between a mother and her foetus could shed new light on the role the placenta plays in pregnancy

Sampling

Biopsy analysis has potential for improving outcomes of cancer surgery

19 Jun 2015

Sample analysis technique holds out hope for determining whether surgery has removed all cancerous tissue with no need for an external laboratory test

Silk inks doped with bacteria-sensing agents were printed on surgical gloves using inkjet technology. The word "contaminated" changed from blue to red after exposure to E. coli.

Inkjet printing with silk used to create bacteria-sensing gloves Video

18 Jun 2015

A team of biomedical engineers from Tufts University has been printing with silk inks containing biomolecular elements that could have a wide range of medical applications.

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Rail & Marine

Freight train

UK research could lead to more efficient freight trains

23 Jun 2015

Quieter, faster freight trains that cut damage to tracks by up to a half could one day be used to transport goods throughout the EU, thanks to work by the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR).

The SpaceX Hyperloop Competition is aimed specifically at universities and independent engineering teams.

SpaceX to stage Hyperloop Pod Competition Video

16 Jun 2015

SpaceX has announced that it will host a competition to design and build half-scale pods for Hyperloop, the supersonic rail transport system conceived by the company’s founder, Elon Musk.

TBM Victoria makes the final breakthrough at Farringdon

Crossrail tunnellers make final breakthrough

5 Jun 2015 | By Jon Excell

After almost three years of continuous excavation Crossrail’s 26 miles of tunnels are now complete

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