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Dawn of the Cybermen

23 Mar 2015 | By Jason Ford

A festival at the Science Museum looks at how technology might help humans to ’upgrade’ themselves, while the UK’s quantum technologies have heir day in the sun.

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It's about time we had a proper transport infrastructure strategy

20 Mar 2015 | By Stephen Harris

The new Northern Powerhouse transport strategy should be welcomed and scrutinised not just moaned about.

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​Join us in June for a celebration of UK engineering

12 Mar 2015 | Updated: 25 Mar 2015 | By Jon Excell

From the Rosetta comet-landing mission and the UK’s largest ever warship to Industry 4.0 and the rise of reshoring, The Engineer Conference 2015 boasts an unmissable mix of inspiring projects and industry big hitters.

Plans have been announced for TuNur, a 2GW concentrated solar power facility in Tunisia that would be connected to the European electricity grid

This week's poll: growing solar power

24 Mar 2015

Use of solar power is predicted to increase to 4 per cent of total UK energy by the end of the decade, but the industry is concerned about the withdrawal of subsidies for large installations. What measures could best help solar compete with other energy sources?

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Of celebrities and celebrations

20 Mar 2015 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger is annoyed by the adulation of Kanye West’s wife’s bottom ahead of people who actually help humanity

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Intelligent Energy's fuel cell stacks

Intellectual decision

16 Mar 2015

Toyota’s offer of free fuel-cell-related patents is good news for everyone in the automotive sector, says James Batchelor

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When should a manager not be a manager?

2 Mar 2015

Engineers often need help when they make the transition to management positions, says Neil Lewin of Festo Training & Consulting

Cuadrilla's fracking operation in Lancashire

Engineers have a vital role to play in explaining the benefits of fracking

19 Feb 2015

The IMechE’s Dr Tim Fox explains why we must press ahead with UK shale gas exploration – and ensure the public knows why.

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Fracking's methane risk cannot be ignored

5 Feb 2015

A call from the Environmental Audit Committee to delay the introduction of fracking in the UK has brought shale gas back to the top of the news agenda. Jane Burston, Head of the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL looks at one issue raised by the Committee: methane emissions.

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New heights

30 Jan 2015

BAE Systems’ Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal discusses the opportunities that could be realised by commercial unmanned aircraft

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How you can become a chief engineer

26 Jan 2015 | By Shaun Simmons

You can start to build the skills you’ll need to get to the top even before you leave university, says Shaun Simmons, managing director of engineering at Cordant Recruitment.

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A waste of talent? Making space for autism in engineering

23 Jan 2015

Engineering is missing out on the skills of people on the autistic spectrum, and can do much to make workplaces comfortable for them, argues Ivan Zytynski of fluid handling company Bete

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Bright side of automation

18 Dec 2014

Even if some roles are replaced with robots, engineers and their associated skills will continue to be highly sought after, says the IET’s Stephanie Fernandes

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Lessons from the past inform fitness for the future

12 Dec 2014

Professor David Balmforth emphasises the role that infrastructure plays in supporting society at the beginning of his year as president of the Instiution of Civil Engineers

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Passing the maternity test

5 Dec 2014

Dawn Bonfield of the Women’s Engineering Society explains why it’s so important for companies not to let the skills of their female employees go to waste.

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Use of solar power is predicted to increase to 4 per cent of total UK energy by the end of the decade, but the industry is concerned about the withdrawal of subsidies for large installations. What measures could best help solar compete with other energy sources?