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The STEM of the Christmas Tree

25 Nov 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

A seasonal look at how to spark an interest in engineering during the Festive Season


Government expenditure in the frame

23 Nov 2015 | By Andrew Wade

The Defence Review heralds an increase in spending, with new aircraft announced, although a cut in planned number of new ships, but the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later this week is likely to unveil cuts elsewhere.

Project Manager Nisrine Chartouny with some of the women constructing the new Crossrail Farringdon Station

Driven by diversity

18 Nov 2015 | By Jon Excell

Despite years of industry hand-wringing, dozens of targeted initiatives, pressure from government and dire warnings from all and sundry on the consequences of failing to deal with it – UK industry’s shameful gender divide shows little, if any, sign of narrowing.

By cutting out outside noise, Ford believe they’re giving customers a more relaxing driving experience

It's (not) a beautiful noise Video

13 Nov 2015 | By Andrew Wade

An unsettled night’s sleep led our news editor to wonder whether the best uses are being found for advanced acoustics technologies

The UK's public science spend has declined to 0.44 per cent of GDP.

It's time for government to get serious about science

11 Nov 2015 | By Jon Excell

Whilst it’s important to recognise the economic potential of a great idea, we should be wary of putting economics at the heart of all decisions to do with science and technology.


David Kingham

The future of fusion

9 Nov 2015

Controlled fusion has the potential to be a long-term energy source. David Kingham explains the next steps

Peter Rolton is the Chairman of Rolton Group

Investing in the next generation of engineers

5 Nov 2015

With the engineering industry facing a severe shortage of expertise, Rolton Group Chairman Peter Rolton discusses how the sector can address the problem by attracting new talent and actively encouraging more females into what has traditionally been a male-dominated environment.


Managing risk and enhancing efficiencies with bundled outsourcing

5 Nov 2015

UK companies are shifting towards ’bundled outsourcing’ – using single contractors to deliver multiple services – to transfer risk off their balance sheets and concentrate more on their core businesses. Duncan Hall of Bilfinger Oil and Gas explains more.

fly ash bricks

Low-carbon power fuels sustainable supply of ash

30 Oct 2015

Recent developments in the energy industry show the importance of low carbon energy generation but also – from an engineering perspective – the materials supply chains which are linked to it. The fly ash, furnace bottom ash and biomass ash produced by the UK’s power stations are valuable construction materials but as their popularity grows, can their continuing ...

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Patents and 3D printing: headaches and opportunities

26 Oct 2015

James Tumbridge, and Robert Peake, respectively partner and associate at law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, explain a little-appreciated aspect of the development of additive manufacturing technologies

hitachi city

Social Innovation in transport clears the road for a safer, healthier world

7 Oct 2015

Klaus Dieter Rennert, Chief Executive for EMEA-CIS, Hitachi Ltd., discusses the societal benefits which can be achieved from investment and increased connectivity in transport.

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​UK’s impressive innovation record will continue to attract investment

5 Oct 2015

The UK’s success in securing its position as the world’s second-most innovative country in the world for the second year in a row will continue to attract investment in cutting edge research and development, says Karl Barnfather, patent attorney and chairman of intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers


Giant robot duel challenge raises stakes for UK mechatronics

15 Sep 2015

Government and industry must show urgency and agility if Britain is to take a lead in the global market for advanced robotics. 

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Getting to grips with the ‘Productivity Puzzle’

12 Aug 2015

Viewpoint Steven Barr, Head of Manufacturing at the Business Growth Service, explains why the manufacturing sector could hold the key to increased productivity

Drax Power Plant

Moving away from the centre ground – why decentralising energy is key for the future of the UK

24 Jul 2015

Following recent reports predicting a spare National Grid capacity of just 1.2% this winter - the lowest in a decade - Peter Rolton, Chairman of engineering consultancy Rolton Group, gives his views on why decentralised energy sources are the future.


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The UK government's latest defence review has included the announcement of increased spending on aircraft and special forces units. Meanwhile, the latest HM Treasury autumn statement is expected to include deep cuts which might hit health, industry and science. Which of these statements is closest to your feelings?