The Engineer
5 November 2004

  • Laser coupler

    17 Nov 2004

    Nichia and Sony have successfully developed an integrated, dual wavelength laser coupler that's compatible with red and blue-violet lasers.

  • System searches images in 3D

    16 Nov 2004

    A new three-dimensional multi-camera system that allows viewers to search areas from various vantage points could one day boost surveillance in public places such as airports and train stations.

  • A mixed decision

    16 Nov 2004

    The US International Trade Commission has produced a mixed verdict in the patent infringement case between Cirrus Logic and UK-based Wolfson Microelectronics.

  • Power chips

    15 Nov 2004

  • Solar spacecraft set to sail

    11 Nov 2004

    The world's first solar sail spacecraft is set for launch on March 1, 2005 from a Russian submarine in the Barents Sea.

  • Compostable packaging tape

    11 Nov 2004

    German researchers have developed an entirely biodegradable packaging tape that is made from renewable resources.

  • Designing with Elan

    5 Nov 2004

    The commercialisation of Lotus's in-house suspension analysis software means that we can all tap into the iconic car maker's design know-how. Charles Clarke savours the ride.

  • Star Wars falls short for exposed allies

    5 Nov 2004

    If the US missile defence system is built, a new study says that Canada, Russia and swathes of Europe would be at serious risk of catastrophe. Julia Pierce reports.

  • Prints perfect

    5 Nov 2004

  • Innovate, don't imitate

    5 Nov 2004

    Business leaders have to rely on gut feeling to spot tomorrow's winning ideas. But to do this they must wise up to technology says Anne Miller.

  • On the right track

    5 Nov 2004

    The Galileo navigation system is more than Europe's answer to the US's GPS. It is set to bring satellite tracking into everyone's day-to-day life. But can it find the cash it needs? Helen Knight reports.

  • Made to order

    5 Nov 2004

    Professor David Wimpenny of De Montfort University's Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Group explains how by stealth rapid manufacturing is becoming a mainstream process.

  • Sea stickness

    5 Nov 2004

    European shipbuilding consortium heads initiative to replace welding with adhesive bonding to cut building costs and improve efficiency. Jon Excell reports.

  • Smooth operator

    5 Nov 2004

    A semi-active suspension control system first used in truck seating is making its world debut in a production car's engine mounts. Christopher Sell reports.

  • Life preserver

    5 Nov 2004

    There's so much more to the cost of a pump than its initial price. John Howarth, manager of the Pump Centre, stresses the importance of Life Cycle Costing.

  • Well connected

    5 Nov 2004

    The man who invented ethernet is now set on establishing the ‘internet of objects’, ZigBee, linking millions of chip-enabled electronic devices across the world. Andrew Lee reports.

  • Waste not

    8 Nov 2004

    Working with Bristol based Compact Power, Qinetiq is developing an 'on board' waste processing system based on pyrolysis that, once proven, will be used on Royal Navy ships.

  • Wideband converter

    9 Nov 2004

  • Defying gravity

    5 Nov 2004

  • Bend it, shape it

    5 Nov 2004

  • Spinning a yarn

    5 Nov 2004

  • Silent transporter

    5 Nov 2004

    An ultra-quiet aircraft, capable of taking off from strips of land one tenth the length of conventional runways, could be used to provide air taxi services within cities, according to its UK developer.

  • Hi robot

    5 Nov 2004

    UK researchers have received 1m Euros (£700,000) to investigate intelligent robots that can understand the ambiguities of natural speech and work more effectively alongside humans.

  • Triple treat

    5 Nov 2004

  • Darling of the commuters

    5 Nov 2004

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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?