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Engineer Online 07/15/2019 06:22
As reported earlier this month (July 10th 2019) Bloodhound, the car designed for Britain’s next assault on the world land speed record, is set for high-speed tests in South Africa this autumn. The news is a welcome sign that the project is back on track following its rescue late last year (2018) by Yorkshire businessman […]. .
Engineer Online 07/12/2019 06:48
MIT team develop system of contracting fibres that could be used in biomedical devices and robotics Cucumbers and some other plants employ mechanical means to maximise the amount of sunlight they receive. Tightly coiling tendrils seek out support and pull the plant stems upwards. This phenomenon – which goes by the charming name of tendril […]. .
Engineer Online 07/12/2019 03:59
An AI programme has beaten some of the world’s top professionals in a six-handed game of Texas hold’em, the most popular format of poker. Known as Pluribus, the AI was developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Facebook AI. Over the course of 10,000 hands of six-player poker against a rotating cast of 13 […]. .
Engineer Online 07/12/2019 03:30
Viewpoint There’s no need to rush, but going back to our celestial neighbour would achieve several worthwhile aims, argues Oliver Morton Should humans return to the Moon? The arguments against are reasonably strong. The Moon has already been visited and nothing found there detained the visitors. Interesting lunar science could be done by people on […]. .
Engineer Online 07/11/2019 19:15
The Belfast team behind the resin-infused advanced composite aircraft wing used on the Airbus A220 has been named the winner of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2019 MacRobert Award. The innovative wing, designed and built by engineers at Bombardier, is the first certified commercial aircraft wing made using resin transfer infusion (RTI) and has been […]. .
Engineer Online 07/11/2019 03:30
Developments in 3D printing technology could make off-planet manufacturing a reality sooner rather than later. Stuart Nathan reports Space, as Captains Kirk and Picard so memorably said, is the final frontier. And not just for exploration. As plans for human presence in the solar system become more developed, researchers are increasingly looking for ways to […]. The post Made in space: additive in orbit appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/10/2019 19:05
Today marks the 160th anniversary of Big Ben sounding its first hourly chimes, and the half-way stage in restoring the iconic bell’s home in the Palace of Westminster’s Elizabeth Tower. The Great Bell – known to most as Big Ben – has remained in the belfry of Elizabeth Tower whilst the most extensive programme of […]. The post Big Ben sounds positive note on 160th anniversary appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/08/2019 05:33
Antonios Oikonomou, the Graphene Flagship Business Developer for Wearables and Optoelectronics,explains why the wearable technology market for health and fitness is constantly looking for new materials. Created in 1780, the world’s first pedometer was developed using an earlier mechanism of a self-winding watch. Technology to ensure we meet those all-important 10,000 steps has come a […]. The post Wearable technology seeks new materials to enhance functionalities appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/05/2019 07:30
UK precision engineering firm CloudNC has introduced a pioneering new AI based approach to manufacturing. In this exclusive Q&A interview the company’s CEO Theo Saville outlines the core technology and explains how the firm has built a brand new factory from the ground up. What have you achieved? Could you describe the concept and the […]. The post How UK firm CloudNC is pioneering AI based manufacturing appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/05/2019 05:23
Jaguar Land Rover has formally announced its much anticipated plan to manufacture electric vehicles at its plant in Castle Bromwich from 2020. The first new electric car to be produced at the plant will be Jaguar’s XJ luxury saloon, which has so far been exported to over 120 countries. The news was confirmed to staff […]. The post Jaguar Land Rover reveals UK EV plans appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/05/2019 04:20
With automated aircraft set to take off, researchers in Germany have developed an automatic landing system that will let future platforms land at small airports. Unlike large commercial airports, smaller airstrips lack the infrastructure to ensure the safe navigation of aircraft for automatic landings. Now, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and TU […]. The post Autonomous aircraft set for automatic landings appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/05/2019 04:19
The opening day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed has seen the launch of the Airspeeder World Championship, a brand new quadcopter motorsport series. Set to launch in 2020, AIrspeeder will see 10 pilots from five teams face off in purpose-built flying vehicles capable of hitting speeds up to 200km/h. Each quadcopter will be four […]. The post Airspeeder racing series launches at Goodwood appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/05/2019 02:00
Harvard researchers have developed a compact, portable camera that can image polarisation in a single shot, opening up a range of applications. Published in Science, the work details how the team used metasurfaces – nanoscale structures that interact with light at wavelength size-scales – to capture the polarisation. Current devices that produce similar results are […]. The post Mini polarisation camera heralds new imaging applications appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/04/2019 05:30
Highly transparent silica-based insulating material can generate high temperatures from sunlight even in cold winter conditions Aerogels are paradoxical materials. So ephemeral as to seem barely there, they have extraordinary properties. The MIT team, a collaboration between engineers from different specialities, has developed a material claimed to be capable of transmitting solar light while efficiently […]. The post MIT aerogel captures solar heat for domestic and industrial applications appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/04/2019 04:00
German cleantech startup Poligy claims its new Bipolymers technology could help unlock the huge untapped value in waste heat. Developed by chemist and company co-founder Martin Huber, Bipolymers are two-ply plastic strips that form a wheel or band in thermal engines and solar modules. The plastic strips contract and expand depending on temperature, creating a […]. The post Bipolymers help convert waste heat to electricity appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/04/2019 02:00
This week’s video comes from the US where efforts are underway to develop LOFTID, an inflatable structure that will ensure a safe landing for humans on Mars and other planets. The Martian atmosphere is around 100 times thinner than Earth’s and therefore not able to produce enough drag to decelerate a manned spacecraft laden with […]. The post LOFTID forms a shield for safe descent to Mars appeared first on The Engineer .
Engineer Online 07/03/2019 09:44
Germany’s Aachen University of Applied Sciences has won IMechE’s Railway Challenge 2019, beating 13 other teams from across Europe. The event, now in its eighth year, was held at the Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire. Teams are tasked with designing and building a locomotive using creativity and technical skill to apply the latest railway technology. […]. The post Germany’s Aachen University claims top IMechE rail prize appeared first on The Engineer .

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