Thursday, 05 March 2015


UK companies continue to invest in R&D

5 Mar 2015

The number of patents filed at the European Patent Office by UK companies rose by 4.8 per cent in 2014 to 6,823.


Lockheed laser blasts truck from over a mile away

5 Mar 2015

Lockheed Martin has deployed a 30kW fibre laser weapon to disable the engine of a truck.


Lubricant to improve comfort for catheter users

5 Mar 2015

Researchers aim to penetrate the international catheter market with Uroglide, a pharmaceutical product that has received support from the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Urine powered fuel cells are set to light up refugee camps Video

5 Mar 2015

A university urinal is being used to test the effectiveness of urine-powered microbial fuel cells.


Traditional printing techniques combine in OLED display manufacture

4 Mar 2015

VTT has developed a large-surface light-emitting plastic film based on OLED technology that can be fabricated using gravure and screen-printing methods.

UC doctoral student Yan Jin

Polymer-based photovoltaics show promise against silicon and germanium

4 Mar 2015

A blend of conjugated polymers could one day make solar power lighter, cheaper and more efficient, claim researchers in the US.


Fujitsu adds iris recognition to mobile phone security

3 Mar 2015

Forgotten pin numbers and passwords will no longer hinder access to mobile phones thanks to iris recognition technology developed by Fujitsu.


Tailored radiology treatments made possible with 3D printed devices

3 Mar 2015

Custom-built 3D parts could become a viable option for radiology treatments, claim researchers in the US.


This engineering company has just been named the UK’s best new work experience provider

3 Mar 2015 | Updated: 3 Mar 2015 | By Stephen Harris

IMI Precision Engineering was recognised at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for the responsibility it offers students across the energy, medical and manufacturing industries.


UK research aims for pervasive mobile robotics

2 Mar 2015 | By Julia Pierce

Scientists are developing mobile robotic systems with situational awareness for use in sectors including space, defence and agriculture.


Talking drones to improve airspace safety Video

27 Feb 2015

Researchers in Australia have developed a drone that talks with air traffic controllers.


Technology will help architects 3D print concrete moulds

26 Feb 2015 | By Julia Pierce

A giant 3D printer capable of producing moulds up to the size of a phone box will allow architects to bring their creativity to life through the creation of freeform concrete designs.


Wearable motion tracker has multiple applications Video

26 Feb 2015 | By Julia Pierce

A technology best known for animating characters in games and films is now changing how human movement is studied in research and industry.



Alevo targets growth through acquisitions and factory ramp-up

20 Feb 2015

Alevo has hit the ground running since it emerged from stealth mode in October 2014, with a 700MWh per year production line already under its belt that is due to come online in July this year. 


Falling oil prices unlikely to impact renewable energy projects

7 Jan 2015 | By Jessica Mills Davies

The decline in Brent crude oil prices is unlikely to have a detrimental impact on the bankability of renewable energy projects, claim industry sources.

Fusion a

New details on compact fusion reveal scale of challenge

22 Oct 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

Lockheed Martin’s Revolutionary Technology team admits its new fusion reactor is at a very early stage, but sets out the reasons it is optimistic

bloodhound cockpit 4

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.


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