Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Single electron is key to prolonged power in electronic devices

30 Sep 2014

Researchers have created technology that could be the first step toward more efficient batteries for wearable computers and smartphones.  

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Cameron calls for coal phase out

26 Sep 2014 | By Rachel Huggins

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called for existing coal-fired power plants in the UK to be phased out in the next 10 to 15 years


US Navy trials Rolls-Royce powered surveillance UAV Video

25 Sep 2014

Rolls-Royce has powered the successful cross-country flight of MQ-4C Triton, a new unmanned aircraft system built for the US Navy.

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Graphene reduces complexity and cost and of touchscreens

26 Sep 2014

Graphene treated nanowires could soon replace current touchscreen technology, claim researchers in the UK and Ireland.


Award-winning material set to reduce dental implant failure

25 Sep 2014 | By Stephen Harris

A material that could help prevent artificial teeth implants falling out has won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s first launchpad competition for young entrepreneurs.

A novel technique developed by University of Alberta civil engineering professors uses solar energy to accelerate the reclamation of tailings ponds

Here comes the sun for oil sands clean up

24 Sep 2014

Solar energy is being used to accelerate the reclamation of tailings ponds.  


Smooth muscle mimic to advance asthma drug testing

24 Sep 2014

A Harvard University team has developed a human airway muscle-on-a-chip that could be used to test new asthma drugs.

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Smart grid technology put to the test at £2m lab

23 Sep 2014 | By Stephen Harris

Researchers at Newcastle University are hoping to improve the way smart grid technology can respond to emergencies.


Graphene flaws improve gas sensing sensitivity

23 Sep 2014

Flaws in graphene are being exploited to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor.

Novel nanoscale device captures, measures and transports photons

Photon seesaw mechanism demonstrates transport of light

23 Sep 2014

Engineers have developed a nanoscale device that demonstrates the mechanical transportation of light, an advance with implications for more efficient optical devices.


Tumour-simulating chip to test cancer treatments

23 Sep 2014

A chip that simulates a tumour’s microenvironment will test the effectiveness of cancer treatments. 


MIT Researchers cut costs for molten metal batteries

22 Sep 2014

A new design for molten metal batteries could make the technology cheaper for use in storing renewable energy for the grid, US researchers say.


MIT team developing shrink wrap spacesuits

19 Sep 2014

Future spacesuits could be made of lightweight stretchy material that shrinks to fit astronauts’ bodies, according to US researchers developing such technology.


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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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