FIVE TOP INNOVATORS IN THE UK SPACE SECTOR

Article Source: IMechE A worker in front of an Oxford Space Systems antenna (Credit: Oxford Space Systems) One arm coolly resting on the deep red door, the “Starman” seems unaware – or simply unconcerned – that his Tesla Roadster is off course on its journey to Mars and will end up floating in empty space. It is an image that could one day be as … Continue reading FIVE TOP INNOVATORS IN THE UK SPACE SECTOR

ROMA AGRAWAL: ‘STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS ARE UNSUNG HEROES’

Article Source: The Guardian  The Shard engineer has long been fascinated by the technical ingenuity of design. Now she wants to help us see the built environment with similar wonder ‘You only hear about engineering when it goes wrong’: Roma Agrawal with the Shard. Photograph: Antonio Olmos for the Observer Roma Agrawal likes to stroke concrete. Her snaps from a holiday in Italy are of … Continue reading ROMA AGRAWAL: ‘STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS ARE UNSUNG HEROES’

FUTURE CITIES BUILT WITH VOLCANIC ASH?

Article Source: Earth Sky After water, concrete is the world’s most-used building material. MIT researchers worked with volcanic ash as a concrete additive and substantially reduced building costs. By Jennifer Chu/MIT MIT engineers working with scientists in Kuwait have found that volcanic rocks, when pulverized into a fine ash, can be used as a sustainable additive in concrete structures. In a paper published online in … Continue reading FUTURE CITIES BUILT WITH VOLCANIC ASH?

RIDE ALONG WITH THE DUMMY DRIVING ELON MUSK’S TESLA TO MARS

Article Source: The Verge By Sean O’Kane@sokane1 Feb 6, 2018, 4:57pm EST Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage Mere minutes after successfully launching the Falcon Heavy rocket on the first try, SpaceX is now live streaming footage from Tesla Roadster it released into space. Now we know what CEO Elon Musk meant yesterday when he teased that there would be “epic views” if the … Continue reading RIDE ALONG WITH THE DUMMY DRIVING ELON MUSK’S TESLA TO MARS

VIDEO: MIT RESEARCHERS USE LEGO BRICKS TO BUILD HIGH-TECH MINIATURE SCIENCE LAB

Video Source: MIT | Article Source: Inverse Lego is excellent. The building blocks — building bricks, sorry — of many a well-spent, engineering-minded youth, Lego pieces can build anything from a Lego Millennium Falcon to a Lego women-in-space set. And, if you happen to be engineering researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, those bricks can build a working, high-tech science lab, one that might even work better than existing approaches. … Continue reading VIDEO: MIT RESEARCHERS USE LEGO BRICKS TO BUILD HIGH-TECH MINIATURE SCIENCE LAB

SPINE-LIKE BATTERY COULD POWER FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS

Article Source: ExtremeTech Most devices can make do with a solid brick-like battery, but what about wearables and the supposed flexible phones we’ve been promised? A new kind of battery could improve the design and reliability of such devices, but making a flexible design that doesn’t degrade or fail catastrophically is a challenge. Researchers from Columbia University have developed a prototype for a flexible battery based on … Continue reading SPINE-LIKE BATTERY COULD POWER FLEXIBLE ELECTRONICS

HOW EFFICIENT IS METAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING?

Article Source: Engineering.com Structurally optimized wheel bearing for an ultralightweight vehicle designed for Additive Manufacturing – made in the 3D-Printing Lab for Metals and Structural Materials at Fraunhofer EMI. (Image courtesy of Fraunhofer EMI.) The 3D-Printing Lab for Metals and Structural Materials at Fraunhofer EMI houses one of the largest commercially available 3D printers for metal currently available. Using selective laser melting (SLM), the printer can produce … Continue reading HOW EFFICIENT IS METAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING?

#THISISENGINEERING CAMPAIGN AIMS FOR YOUTH WITH EXCITING FILM AND SPORTS ROLES

Article Source: IMechE The campaign is highlighting engineering in sports including Formula One (Credit: iStock) Diverse and fulfilling film, music and sports roles rely on engineering, a new campaign has highlighted, as it seeks to address a “critical shortfall” of young engineers. At least 124,000 engineers and technicians with core engineering skills are needed per year, a forthcoming report from EngineeringUK will highlight. In response … Continue reading #THISISENGINEERING CAMPAIGN AIMS FOR YOUTH WITH EXCITING FILM AND SPORTS ROLES

YEAR OF ENGINEERING IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INSPIRE

SOURCE: IMechE | Image: Schoolchildren meeting engineers at an Inspiring the Future event organised by Year of Engineering partner Education and Employers. ​A campaign to transform how young people see engineering has launched today. The Year of Engineering is a national drive to inspire young people, plug the 20,000-a-year shortfall in engineering graduates, and increase diversity in a sector that is 91% male and 94% white. … Continue reading YEAR OF ENGINEERING IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INSPIRE

GAS POWER ‘TO KEEP HUGE SHARE OF MIDDLE EAST MARKET DESPITE RENEWABLES GROWTH’

Article Source: IMechE Massive growth will see power from natural gas maintain firm dominance in the Middle East, an industry report has claimed, despite predicted progress for renewable sources. Mature new storage methods such as electrolysis-generated hydrogen will be key for any shift from gas to solar and wind, added Dietmar Siersdorfer from Siemens as he launched the Middle East Power: Outlook 2035 report in … Continue reading GAS POWER ‘TO KEEP HUGE SHARE OF MIDDLE EAST MARKET DESPITE RENEWABLES GROWTH’