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The Engineer
7 December 2009

  • Vehicle tracking is on the buses

    8 Dec 2009

    A vehicle-tracking technology developed at Sunderland University will be used by Arriva buses in Scotland to help regulate services.

  • Added control for amputees

    8 Dec 2009

    Researchers at Bradford University are working on a two-year project to examine the extent to which sensory feedback affects the performance of artificial limbs.

  • Tracing Arctic meltdown

    7 Dec 2009

    A fibre-optic cable-based technique will be used for the first time to monitor the effect the warming climate is having on permafrost in the Arctic region.

  • Sense of integrity

    7 December 2009

    Satellite imagery could one day be used to continuously monitor ground displacements over vast areas - helping engineers ensure the integrity of infrastructure such as railways and highways.

  • A smart move to reduce emissions

    7 December 2009

    GE Energy has opened what is claimed to be Europe’s first smart-grid centre at the company’s Bracknell headquarters.

  • A spectrum of opportunities

    7 December 2009

    The digital switchover offers possibilities for technology developers. Siobhan Wagner reports

  • Attention seeker

    7 December 2009

    A technique for testing the peripheral vision of young children could save lives by providing earlier detection of neurological conditions such tumours of the pituitary gland and visual areas of the brain.

  • BAE Systems' shipbuilding technology head, Kevin McLeod

    7 December 2009

    Ships in the fight: UK shipbuilding is in its most exciting period for decades, says Kevin McLeod of BAE Systems

  • Battery packs a punch

    7 December 2009

    Battery operated devices will run longer between charges with greater amounts of stored energy using a new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery based on silicon anodes, its developers claim.

  • Blade for a rainy day

    7 December 2009

    A windscreen-wiper system developed in France could improve safety when driving in wet conditions.

  • December 1869. The Suez canal opens

    7 December 2009

    Man-made waterway provides super shortcut

  • Decontamination units combat MRSA

    7 December 2009

    Decontamination units that are said to kill bacteria and viruses such as MRSA and swine flu within one hour are undergoing trials at hospitals in Redditch and Worcester.

  • Engine is on the pulse

    7 December 2009

    The developers of an engine that relies on electrical pulses from a battery to produce mechanical potential energy claim that it could replace traditional internal-combustion engines (ICEs).

  • Engineers will deliver on Copenhagen promises

    7 December 2009

    The fight against climate change requires mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering says Tim Fox, head of energy and environment at the IMechE

  • Entrepreneurs can help plug the energy gap

    7 December 2009

  • Forces are hard at work with fast-growing algae

    6 Dec 2009

    Siemens researchers have developed a way to harvest algae with magnets, making it easier to exploit the raw material for biogas plants.

  • Friction stir welding for the masses

    7 December 2009

    A system that utilises wireless control technology could allow a wider uptake of a highly regarded welding technique

  • Generation innovation

    7 December 2009

    Engineering, science and technology experts met at NIDays 2009 to discuss innovation and how best to inspire it. Andrew Lee reports

  • India in orbit

    7 December 2009

    The latest member of the space-faring community has bold plans for future missions.

  • Reducing runway emissions

    7 December 2009

    Innovative automotive engineering could help aviation reduce its carbon footprint.

  • Picking up good vibrations

    7 December 2009

    A device that enables individuals who are deaf and blind to distinguish between different sounds through vibration has been developed at Örebro University in Sweden.

  • Method cuts MEMS inspection times

    7 December 2009

    A team of European researchers has developed a way to test hundreds of MEMS structures at once to reduce inspection time from 20 minutes to less than 30 seconds.

  • Team fuels diesel car efficiency

    7 December 2009

    Engineers from BP, Ford and Bath University have jointly developed hardware and lubricant technologies to achieve an eight per cent fuel-efficiency improvement in diesel cars.

  • The grass is greener

    7 December 2009

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