The Engineer
23 November 2009

  • Firm gets animated for print

    26 Nov 2009

    A company in Belgium aims to commercialise large area screen-printed electronics for the advertising and packaging industries.

  • Adsorption in the hot seat

    24 Nov 2009

    Technology that could reduce home heating bills by almost a third and cut car emissions by five per cent has been developed by researchers at Warwick University.

  • Shear genius solves windy issue

    24 Nov 2009

    Energy consultancy TNEI Services has developed a way of modelling and assessing turbine noise, a development that could mean more wind-farm approvals.

  • Behavioural science for nanoparticles

    24 Nov 2009

    Scientists in England have identified a way to potentially help remove nanoparticles during primary sewage treatment.

  • Inspection robot cracks the code

    24 Nov 2009

    Ageing nuclear reactors could be made safer with a non-destructive-testing inspection robot that better detects structural damage.

  • Anti-terror technology tool uses human logic

    23 Nov 2009

    An ‘intelligent’ decision-support system that is able to apply the logic used by detectives to identify suspicious behaviour is hoped to become the latest tool in countering terrorist activity.

  • Barco to acquire display company

    23 November 2009

    Barco has signed an agreement to acquire Italy-based display company FIMI, a fully owned subsidiary of Philips Electronics’ Healthcare business, for €19m in cash.

  • D-day nears for Severn Estuary projects

    23 November 2009

    A bold project to harvest power from the Severn Estuary could pay off, according to its backers.

  • Design of the times

    23 November 2009

    A design team will work with engineers early on in projects to help create more marketable products.

  • Gerald Schotman, CTO, Shell

    22 Nov 2009

    Gerald Schotman of Shell reveals his plan of action for tackling the world’s energy crisis.

  • Machine automates throttle insertion

    22 Nov 2009

    Machine automates insertion of compression limiters and threaded inserts into plastic throttle bodies.

  • OSPI device detects skin tumours

    23 November 2009

    Researchers in Israel are developing a device that detects cancerous skin tumours, including melanomas that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

  • Patching up joint pain

    23 November 2009

    Athletes or elderly people that suffer joint or musculoskeletal pain could be treated in the future with a strapped patch that pulses therapeutic ultrasonic waves.

  • Solid foundation for offshore turbines

    23 November 2009

    The Carbon Trust has unveiled seven new offshore wind turbine foundation design concepts and methods for transporting them off Britain’s coast.

  • Temperature measurement can be a hot issue

    23 November 2009

    Users of temperature measurement equipment in dangerous environments must adhere to area standards, says Chris Chant

  • The silver lining of an ageing population

    23 November 2009

    An ageing society presents design opportunities for today’s engineers.

  • Why infrastructure is the bedrock of society

    23 November 2009

    Natural disasters can destroy entire civilizations and climate change will only amplify their effects, says Paul Jowitt

  • Tying pirates in knots

    23 November 2009

    A ship-borne launching device that fires a rope-based barrier into the path of pirate vessels is being marketed at commercial ships at risk from such attacks.

  • Tipped to wing it

    23 November 2009

    Airbus claims that shark-fin-inspired wing-tip devices on its A320 aircraft will help them use less fuel, carry more weight, climb higher at a faster rate and produce less emissions and noise.

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