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Third of new homes exempt from ‘zero-carbon’ standard

13 June 2014

More than a third of new homes could be exempt from the Government’s ‘zero-carbon’ homes standard, following plans outlined in last week's Queen’s Speech.

Modi fast-tracks Indian defence and energy projects

13 June 2014

India’s new government kicked into gear this week clearing billions of pounds worth of long-delayed defence and energy projects.

Smart transport innovation centre opened

12 June 2014

A new innovation centre designed to boost the development of smart transport technology has been opened by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Queen’s Speech tackles fracking and ‘zero-carbon’ homes

04 June 2014

New support for fracking and a watering down of requirements to make new homes "zero-carbon" have been announced in the Queen's Speech.

Arup’s ‘smart balls’ bring built environment into digital age

03 June 2014

Engineering consultancy group Arup has unveiled a new installation, the winner of its annual No.8@Arup Competition, aiming to pave the way for the built environment to take advantage of digital technology.

Perfect sound absorber defies logic

30 May 2014

Spanish researchers have developed a new device that enables complete absorption of sound at a wide range of frequencies

IET Innovation Awards open for entries

28 May 2014

A search for the world’s best innovations in science, engineering and technology has been launched today by the IET.

Noiseless shell-shaped wind turbine for households unveiled

27 May 2014

A super-efficient and completely soundless wind turbine developed by a Dutch company aims to enable every household to generate its own wind energy.

World Cup atmosphere lights up

23 May 2014

World Cup fans will be able to catch all the action clearly thanks to advanced pitch lighting installed at match venues around Brazil.

Budget airlines terminal opens at KLIA

22 May 2014

The world’s biggest passenger air terminal for low-cost carriers has opened for operations at Kuala Lumpur International Airport after a delay of one year.

Huge sculpture for Heathrow’s newest terminal

22 May 2014

A sculpture at Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2 is set to become one of the most viewed artworks in Britain, seen by 20 million passengers a year. The Queen’s Terminal opens for service on 2 June.

Factory output grows at fastest pace in four years

09 May 2014

Factory output in the UK grew at its fastest pace since 2010 during the first quarter of 2014 and the trade deficit narrowed.

Balfour Beatty boss steps down after profit warning

06 May 2014

The head of infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has stepped down after the firm warned its 2014 profits would be significantly lower than expected.

Phosphorescent trees to reduce city energy consumption

31 March 2014

Light absorbing substances sprayed on houses, trees and roads could enable cities to use phosphorescent light instead of electricity-powered lamps to reduce energy consumption.

World must adapt to climate reality, says IPCC report

31 March 2014

A clean industrial revolution has been urged in the wake of the publication of a major report on the impacts of climate change.

Slideshow: EPSRC photography competition winners

31 March 2014

A picture of a joke-telling robot that can tailor its stand-up routine in real time has won the EPSRC photography competition.

Budget: Flood defence funds a ‘sticking plaster’

19 March 2014

Provisions for flood defence investment in today’s Budget have been branded a ‘sticking plaster’ by an engineering body.

Hong Kong eyes expansion through ‘reclaimed’ island

11 March 2014

Hong Kong is mulling over building an artificial island that could create a new commercial district and incorporate transport links from the main Hong Kong island to its outlying islands.

Radar could be used to predict sinkholes

07 March 2014

Radar could be used to predict the appearance of sinkholes, according to new analyses of Nasa airborne radar data.

Low carbon innovation deal signed by China and UK

06 March 2014

A £20m partnership to develop novel low-carbon technologies has been signed by the UK and China.

New engineering prize for African researchers

06 March 2014

A new engineering prize for universities and research institutions in sub-Saharan African countries has been launched by RAEng.

'Nobel Prize' for engineers opens for nominations

04 March 2014

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering has opened for nominations today while pledging to attract more girls and young women to technical disciplines.

Knowledge economy could boost UK high streets by £30 million

04 March 2014

The Future Spaces Foundation has estimated that towns and cities could be boosted by up to £30 million through realising knowledge economy opportunities.

Scrapping HS2 of little benefit to conventional rail

03 March 2014

Claims that scrapping the HS2 high-speed rail project would see its £42.6bn budget redirected to conventional rail are wide of the mark.

Offshore wind farms could limit hurricane damage

27 February 2014

Offshore wind farms could help to weaken hurricanes before they make landfall, according to a new study.

MWC: Philips and Ericsson combine LED and broadband

25 February 2014

Telecommunications giant Ericsson and electronics maker Philips have collaborated to provide mobile broadband connectivity through smart, sustainable LED street lighting in dense urban areas.

Termite-inspired building bots able to self-organise

14 February 2014

Self-organising termite-inspired robots have constructed towers, castles and pyramids without any supervision or detailed instructions.

Amec strikes £2bn takeover of Foster Wheeler

13 February 2014

Engineering giant Amec has firmed up a £2bn deal to buy Foster Wheeler, consolidating its position in the oil and gas sector.

Engineering advances key to flood-damage repairs

12 February 2014

The Transport Secretary has highlighted the benefits improved engineering standards can have on the rebuild following widespread flooding.

New airport for disaster area in Philippines

11 February 2014

The Philippines will build a $172m international airport in an area still recovering from earthquake and typhoon damage.

Teen's interactive movie promotes disaster ‘resilience’

10 February 2014

An interactive game made by a schoolboy in his bedroom highlights how preparing for a natural disaster can help mitigate their effects.

Technological change at heart of Tube strike

06 February 2014

Advances in ticketing technology are underpinning the on-going strike on the London Underground causing travel chaos for commuters.

Giant sinkhole swallows car and threatens home

03 February 2014

A sinkhole 30 feet deep appeared overnight in the driveway of a private residence in High Wycombe and swallowed the family car parked there.

Egyptian holiday resort to get green makeover

28 January 2014

Egypt has partnered with Italy to turn El Gouna into the first carbon-neutral city in Africa.

Forth Bridge nominated for World Heritage status

24 January 2014

Scotland’s iconic Forth Bridge has been put forward as the UK's latest nomination for World Heritage status.

Households not interested in Green Deal makeovers

21 January 2014

Only 623 homes have completed an energy-efficient makeover under the UK government’s Green Deal programme, suggesting the initiative is not delivering according to expectations.

£11m for local energy generation

20 January 2014

A new initiative supporting R&D projects focused on generating energy locally has been launched today by the UK’s Universities and Science Minister David Willetts.

Toshiba lends financial muscle to nuclear project

15 January 2014

Technology giant Toshiba agreed a £102m deal to buy a majority stake in a project to build three nuclear reactors in the UK.

Utilities customers keen on smart services

15 January 2014

The advent of smart metering and multichannel customer services could revolutionise utilities’ strained relationships with consumers.

New method to fix earthquake-damaged buildings for £20

14 January 2014

Sheffield University engineers have developed a simple, cheap, yet innovative technology to ensure stability of buildings damaged in earthquakes.

Supermarkets still encouraging food waste, says survey

13 January 2014

Supermarkets are still encouraging UK shoppers to overbuy food, according to a new public survey carried out by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Vibration check-ups speed up bridge-fault detection

10 January 2014

German researchers have developed a method enabling prompt check-ups of the state of bridges without having to cause traffic disruption.

SMEs get special treatment as part of Horizon 2020

07 January 2014

The European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme offers unprecedented conditions to tech and manufacturing SMEs including about €9bn (£7.5bn) of available funding.

London project puts waste heat to good use

19 December 2013

Waste heat captured from underground railway tunnels and an electricity substation will be used to warm homes in a London borough.

Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan published

19 December 2013

Draft investment contracts have been sent to 16 renewables projects after Government published its Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan.

Light-emitting carpets mark the way forward

18 December 2013

Dutch giants Philips and Desso are testing carpets that incorporate illuminated signs to help people navigate large buildings.

New engineering BTECs to be available next year

16 December 2013

New GCSE-level vocational engineering qualifications will be available to schools in the UK from September 2014.

Evidence for gender stereotyping in apprenticeships

11 December 2013

The number of women apprentices has doubled over the past decade, but they are more likely to end up in low-paid jobs.

Engineering innovation prize open for entries

06 December 2013

Engineering firms are being urged to enter the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert award for innovation.

Young Woman Engineer of Year announced

06 December 2013

A space engineer from Hertfordshire has been named Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

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