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Inquiry into UK's science infrastructure

29 May 2013

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have launched a new inquiry into the UK’s science infrastructure.

Wind turbine based on boating technology sets sail

24 May 2013

A wind turbine that draws on the technology of sailing boats to maximise efficiency has been designed by a firm from Exeter.

Nasa puts shuttle launch pad up for lease

24 May 2013

Nasa has put a "For Lease" notice on one of its launch pads in Florida, nearly two years after the final space shuttle launch.

Offshore wind farm project given go-ahead

24 May 2013

An offshore wind farm in East Anglia that will power as many as half a million homes has been given the go-ahead.

Experts needed to assist urban disaster relief

23 May 2013

Engineers expertise is being put to use helping humanitarian organisations deal with disasters in urban areas.

New weld inspection system to boost rail safety

23 May 2013

An ultrasonic device to test the strength of rail track welds could “radically improve safety standards” on Europe’s railways.

Solar panels power off-grid toll plaza

22 May 2013

Zimbabwe has opened a toll plaza believed to be the world’s first to meet all its electricity needs without a grid connection.

Engineering Heritage Awards for landmark British feats

22 May 2013

Two major feats of British engineering have been recognised with an Engineering Heritage Award.

Renewable heat incentives for households boosted

20 May 2013

The Government has boosted the incentives for householders looking to install renewable heating systems.

MITIE axes mechanical and electrical engineering arm

20 May 2013

Outsourcing group MITIE will axe hundreds of jobs as it closes its mechanical and electrical engineering contracts arm.

Call to capitalise on smart meter roll-out delay

15 May 2013

The IET has called for the government to capitalise on the smart meter roll-out delay to formalise specifications for the system.

Platinum miners stage wildcat strike in South Africa

14 May 2013

Miners working for world number three platinum producer Lonmin launched a wildcat strike today, halting all mining operations.

Green Investment Bank pulls in £2.3bn since launch

10 May 2013

Roughly £2.3bn has been invested in low-carbon projects since the launch of the UK's Green Investment Bank (GIB).

Severn barrage firm announces partners

09 May 2013

The company bidding to create an electricity generating barrage across the Severn estuary have announced their partners.

Liquid air energy storage could become £1bn industry

09 May 2013

Liquid air energy storage technology could unlock a £1bn industry and 22,000 UK jobs, according to a new report.

Twitter users to take control of flower show garden

07 May 2013

Twitter users will be able to directly influence the appearance of a unique digital garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

New forum to boost UK’s power electronics sector

30 April 2013

A new forum focused on raising the profile and importance of the power electronics industry was launched today.

How to plan for a solar superstorm

30 April 2013

Strategies for dealing with a solar superstorm that could knock out critical infrastructure were discussed at a seminar today.

Committee blasts Government infrastructure plans

29 April 2013

A committee has branded the Government’s £310bn infrastructure proposals as “not a real plan with a strategic vision”.

Metals recycling needs bigger role in product design

24 April 2013

Designers of everything from mobile phones to electric car batteries should make their products far easier to recycle.

Fukushima fuel rod cooling halted

22 April 2013

Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant halted cooling of a spent fuel pool at the site this week to remove two dead rats.

Busking, boating and broadcasting to engage public

18 April 2013

Engineers will have the opportunity to become buskers, radio presenters and barge drivers in an effort to engage the public.

Singapore Airport to build fourth terminal

17 April 2013

Singapore Changi Airport has unveiled plans to build a fourth passenger terminal at a cost of US$853m.

Reusable dam system for disaster zones patented

17 April 2013

Researchers have patented a reusable dam that can be easily transported to emergency zones or developing countries.

Too few experts trained in mobile lidar says report

17 April 2013

A new US report into mobile lidar imaging technology has highlighted significant constraints on achieving its full potential.

Japan rejects request to shut down nuclear reactors

16 April 2013

A Japanese court has rejected a petition to close down the country's only two operating nuclear reactors

Lockheed to build thermal power plant off China

16 April 2013

Lockheed Martin plans to build a green energy plant that will use variations in ocean water temperature to generate electricity.

Bentley puts factory roof to practical use

16 April 2013

Over 20,000 solar panels with a capacity of 5MW have been installed on the roof of Bentley Motors' factory in Crewe, Cheshire.

JCB records highest ever profits despite slump

15 April 2013

Digger manufacturer JCB has defied a slump in the construction market to record the highest profits in its 67-year history.

Uganda in talks in China to fund Karuma dam project

15 April 2013

Uganda is negotiating with China to obtain funding for construction of a Nile River hydro-power dam at Karuma.

Construction industry output down

12 April 2013

The weather-hit construction industry has had a seven per cent slide in output on a year ago, recent figures have shown.

Government website and folding wheel up for award

11 April 2013

The reinvention of the wheel and the Government's new website are in contention for the Design of the Year 2013 award.

'Most accurate' electric current instrument unveiled

10 April 2013

Cryogenic and the National Physical Laboratory unveiled the world's "most accurate" instrument for measuring electric current.

Iran plans to build more nuclear reactors in quake area

10 April 2013

Iran plans to build more nuclear power reactors in an earthquake-prone area, a day after a strong tremor struck the region.

Fukushima nuclear cooling system restored

05 April 2013

Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant lost the ability to cool radioactive fuel rods for about three hours on Friday.

North Korea to restart nuclear reactor

02 April 2013

North Korea is to restart a mothballed nuclear reactor in a move that could produce more plutonium for nuclear weapons.

Scottish offshore wind farm given green light

26 March 2013

A controversial offshore wind project off the coast of Aberdeen has been approved by the Scottish government.

Green bank pledges £18m to energy innovation centre

25 March 2013

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will provide £18m of funding towards a new energy innovation centre for an NHS trust.

Pressure mounts on UK to build gas storage

25 March 2013

Political pressure is mounting to increase natural gas storage capacity as high winter energy demand has depleted storage levels.

Didcot power station shuts after 42 years

22 March 2013

A power station which has generated electricity for more than 40 years closed today.

Budget lacks support for research and renewables

21 March 2013

The fallout from yesterday’s budget continues with lack of spending on research and the green economy top of the agenda.

Thermal modelling for non-specialists speeds up product design

21 March 2013

Mentor Graphics has launched an electronics cooling simulation package that design engineers as well as thermal specialists can use right through the design process, from concept to verification, significantly shortening the time needed to finalise the designs of electronic products.

Infrastructure, shale gas and R&D given Budget boost

20 March 2013

Boosts to infrastructure spending and tax breaks for R&D tempered gloomy economic news in today’s budget.

Tepco loses power to cooling systems at Fukushima

19 March 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Co lost power used for cooling spent uranium fuel rods at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Free BIM and Lean construction guide released

19 March 2013

A definitive and free guide to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Lean construction has been compiled.

Hinkley nuclear power plant approved

19 March 2013

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has given the go-ahead for the first of a planned new generation of nuclear power plants in the UK.

Eight member states breach EU air quality rules

18 March 2013

Fewer European countries could face fines for breaching air pollution limits after recession slowed industrial activity.

Bill Gates brings Grand Challenges summit to close

14 March 2013

Yesterday, Microsoft founder Bill Gates closed a two-day summit aimed at overcoming the world’s most pressing challenges.

Ukraine receives €600m nuclear safety upgrade loan

13 March 2013

Ukraine will receive a €600m loan from two European bodies to upgrade its nuclear power plants.

Future Cities Catapult centre to be launched in London

12 March 2013

A new Catapult centre for smart cities will be hosted in London, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced.

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