Saturday, 30 August 2014


Nano-factory promises automated production of complex molecules

29 Aug 2014

Researchers in Switzerland have created a “molecular assembly line” that acts like an automated factory for building complex chemical substances.


Easy-to-pilot personal submarine set for launch Video

28 Aug 2014

The inventor of a new personal submarine set to launch next week is hoping to create a new niche market for would-be adventurers who have no professional training in underwater navigation.


BAE uses miniature sensors to give aircraft 'smart skin'

27 Aug 2014 | By Stephen Harris

Future aircraft could have “smart skin” that enables them to instantly detect damage, if research by BAE Systems comes to fruition.

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Simulator raises hopes of 'double economic benefit' from fracking

28 Aug 2014 | By Stephen Harris

A British research project to recreate fracking in the lab could help determine if the controversial drilling practice could produce chemicals besides natural gas.


First T-pylons to be made in UK

26 Aug 2014

British firm Mabey Bridge has won the contract to build the main part of the UK’s new prototype T-shaped pylons. 

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Poll: Scottish independence

26 Aug 2014

From the point of view of engineering and industry, would it be a good thing or a bad thing for Scotland to vote for independence?


Laser system takes sting out of blood sugar testing

22 Aug 2014

Diabetics could soon have a way to easily measure their blood sugar without drawing blood, thanks to a new laser system.

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New process simplifies recycling of plastics

22 Aug 2014

Researchers have developed a new process claimed to simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants. 


Spinal X-ray image analysis to aid early osteoporosis detection

21 Aug 2014 | By Jason Ford

Specialist computer software is being developed in Manchester to help identify the early onset of osteoporosis.

Early Metamorphosis Insertion Technology (EMIT) is a novel methodology for integrating microfabricated neuromuscular recording and actuation platforms on insects during their metamorphic development

Implanted electrodes control and monitor moth flight Video

21 Aug 2014

Researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths.


US reveals plans for smaller, faster, lighter tanks

20 Aug 2014

The military research group DARPA wants to reverse the trend for ground vehilces with ever-increasing amounts of heavy armour.

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The Engineer Q&A: fracking

19 Aug 2014

Your chance to ask our expert panel about the challenges, pitfalls and potential impact of hydraulic fracturing.

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Cosmic ray technology to help climate soil study

19 Aug 2014 | By Stephen Harris

UK researchers are hoping to improve our understanding of the climate by using cosmic ray technology to study the soil.


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High-speed office fit-out Video

25 Jun 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

Bloodhound’s newly unveiled cockpit was custom-designed by the driver who will make the 1000mph record attempt.


HS2 chair calls for better national rail plan

18 Mar 2014 | By Stephen Harris

Britain needs to rethink its plans for the existing rail network if HS2 is to deliver maximum benefit for the country’s northern cities, the project’s new chairman said yesterday.


Trade body calls for further tax breaks to boost UK aerospace

5 Feb 2014 | By Jason Ford

Britain’s commercial aerospace industry can sustain and build on its global market share with a three-pronged set of measures aimed at improving tax incentives.


London raises flag on green taxi rollout

17 Jan 2014 | By Stephen Harris

Five manufacturers are planning to launch electric taxis in time for the 2018 start of London’s switchover to zero-emissions vehicles


Proponents of Thames Estuary airport welcome extra scrutiny

8 Jan 2014 | By Stephen Harris

One of the firms proposing a Thames Estuary airport has welcomed the Airports Commission’s decision to further study the idea before finalising its shortlist of recommendations next year.


Why the Airports Commission ruled out almost everything

18 Dec 2013 | By Stephen Harris

A Thames Estuary airport remains on the cards despite having many of the same problems as other proposals that have already been dismissed.


Axed windfarm puts govt subsidy levels in spotlight

27 Nov 2013 | By Stephen Harris

The cancellation of one of the world’s largest planned offshore windfarms has highlighted the costs of next-generation turbine technology and the need for financial certainty, the renewables industry has warned.


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From the point of view of engineering and industry, would it be a good thing or a bad thing for Scotland to vote for independence?