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EngineeringTalk 11/12/2019 06:03
A prototype drone mounted scanner could enable emergency workers to see inside buildings and detect people who may be trapped. Jointly developed by engineers from University of Leeds, University of Massachusetts and Northwestern University in Xi’an in China the so-called WideSee system uses long-range radio waves to scan deep into a building. Morphing drone holds promise for […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/12/2019 06:01
An electrode that is injected into a patient as a liquid before curing inside the body could make neuromodulation therapies more reliable, less invasive and more economical. This is the claim of University of Wisconsin-Madison biomedical engineers and their collaborators whose creation – dubbed the injectrode – is described in a paper published online in Advanced […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/12/2019 05:39
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is urging governments around the world to plan for sea level rises of up to three metres. In its new report, Rising Seas: The Engineering Challenge, the institution warns that current policies for coastal adaptation to heightened sea levels may not be adequate. IMechE said governments should be planning […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/12/2019 04:00
Seating plan: The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Fellowship programme links young engineers with ideas with people who can help turn them into businesses. Stuart Nathan spoke to Enterprise Fellow Hsin-Hua (Sheana) Yu, whose business Aergo helps severely disabled children sit more comfortably Life for disabled children and their families is difficult enough without having […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/12/2019 04:00
A fresh moratorium on fracking for shale gas has been enforced by the government, and a sizeable number of voters in last week’s poll believe the move has been politically motivated. The government based its latest suspension of fracking activities on a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), which found that it is not […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/11/2019 06:58
Roads that generate electricity from passing cars and lorries are part of a UK project aiming to introduce so-called smart infrastructure onto local road networks. The ‘SMART Connected Community: Live Labs’ project will focus on Aylesbury with input from researchers from Lancaster University’s Department of Engineering. Led by Buckinghamshire County Council, the project has received £4.5m […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/11/2019 06:11
Annual savings of £10m could be realised following the development of railway track inspection software developed in collaboration by Omnicom Balfour Beatty and York University. After two-and-a-half years in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership a machine-learning technology has been developed to digitalise and automate the way in which railway line inspections are carried out. Project aims […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/11/2019 04:37
The summer of 2019 saw temperature and rainfall extremes that pushed UK infrastructure to breaking point, including the spillway collapse at Whaley Bridge and widespread rail disruption during the hottest day on British records. In light of this, The Engineer asked some of the leading academics in the field about the state of the nation’s […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/08/2019 06:13
The UK’s longest-running engineering publication unveils a striking new version of its much-loved print version When you’re 163 years old you need a makeover every now and again, and since moving to a new home earlier this year (London’s Mark Allen Group) we’ve been exploring how we can supercharge The Engineer: how we can build [...]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/08/2019 06:12
A new international study has shown how a variety of commercial uses for CO2 could see up to 10 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide sequestered each year. Led by UCLA and Oxford University, the research examined 10 separate industrial applications for CO2, including synthetic fuels and chemicals, concrete, products from microalgae, enhanced weathering, forestry and biochar. […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/08/2019 05:39
A contract valued at around £2.3bn to build Boxer armoured vehicles for the British Army is expected to safeguard and create ‘a substantial number of British jobs’. The Artec consortium, led by Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), signed the contract with the Ministry of Defence to produce over 500 Boxer 8×8-wheeled vehicles in configurations including […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/08/2019 04:00
Engineers of all disciplines have a role to play in tackling antimicrobial resistance writes former chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies Why should we care about antimicrobial resistance? Until recently, I was the UK’s Chief Medical Officer and it was my job to protect the nation’s health. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which describes the phenomenon […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/07/2019 09:29
Bloodhound LSR is officially one of the fastest cars in the world following a test run that took the vehicle beyond 500mph. Pilot Andy Green took Bloodhound to 501mph (806 km/h) before deploying twin parachutes to slow the car on the 10km mark. The test run – one of several before attempting to break the world […]. .
EngineeringTalk 11/07/2019 06:18
A major new UK study has highlighted the growing problem of lithium-ion battery waste and urged technological solutions to address the issue. While the growth in electric vehicles is helping to cut pollution at point of use, recycling technologies for the large batteries that power them is not keeping pace. According to the study, published […]. .

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