"At the turn of the twentieth century, motor-racing was fraught with danger. Races took place on the long, straight, main roads between cities and were impossible to police."

GORDON BENNETT!

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Institution member Reginald Henry Birbeck Handcock was drowned at the Somme on 17 February 1917, at the age of thirty-seven.

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"When you’re covering a mile in a blistering 3.6 seconds you need to know the car is safe and stable. Aerodynamics and managing the supersonic shockwaves the car creates is key when reaching 1,000mph/1,600kph."

Bloodhound SSC: Supersonic shockwaves and aerodynamics

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"The material would likely supplement the batteries in devices, improving energy efficiency and reducing the need to recharge. Batteries for small devices may become obsolete as a result."

Perovskite material extracts energy from multiple sources

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"Now, we can create stretchable mounts for LED lights or computer processors that enable high performance without overheating in applications that demand flexibility, such as light-up fabrics and iPads that fold into your wallet." - Jonathan Malen, Carnegie Mellon University

Engineers create thermally conductive, stretchable material called...

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Ahead of Non Destructive Testing 2017, we spoke to Bruce Drinkwater, Professor of Ultrasonics at the University of Bristol.

Bruce explains his role and involvement in non-destructive testing and examination, the number one challenge for NDT and what developments in methods and techniques he is most interested in for the future.

Non Destructive Testing 2017: 60 Seconds With Bruce Drinkwater,...

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"Additive manufacturing is one of our main pillars in our digitalisation strategy." - Wili Meixner, chief executive Siemens Power and Gas Division [ Ow.ly Link ]

Siemens trials 3D printed turbine blades

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"The report also shows that female engineers are more likely than their male colleagues to encourage people to enter the sector because it offers the prospect of interesting work."

Women will play key role in solving engineering skills crisis, says report

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"A team of engineers and designers at Renault Trucks is working on a metal 3D printing process that is set to boost the performance of the company’s engines."

3D printing cuts 25% of parts from truck engines

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"The Institution is calling for clinicians and engineers to have a stronger working relationship; to work together to reduce the occurrence of harm to patients and to ensure that where technology and medical devices are being used, they are the right tools for the job." [ Ow.ly Link ]

Empower engineers to create safe healthcare solutions

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Major John Arthur Crichton, a Mechanical Engineer, was killed in action on 6 February 1917, aged 34.

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"The process uses a three-dimensional computer-aided design to digitally reproduce each part in a number of layers."

Laser melting produces lightweight car components

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"The material could be grafted onto prosthetic limbs to restore temperature sensing in amputees. It could also be useful for robotics and other biomedical applications such as for first-aid bandages."

Engineers create artificial skin that can ‘feel’ temperature changes

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"This upgrade could make the production of renewable high-energy fuels economically feasible, as large vehicles such as aircraft, trucks, and ships require more powerful fuels. "

Engineers convert yeast into renewable diesel

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Historical book review: Mathematical Magick, 1680

"In this work, John Wilkins describes the 'mechanical arts', giving various examples of mechanical inventions and devices, and principles relating to logic, science and maths."

BOOK REVIEW: Mathematical Magick

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Apparently commuters of the future will be using jetpacks to avoid traffic – via a smartphone app! How many of you would be up for flying solo to avoid delays?

Tomorrow's cities: What it feels like to fly a jetpack - BBC News

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Tidal energy and flying cars feature in our engineering news round up.

Ten engineering stories you may have missed

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"The team’s success would not have been possible without the support of organisations such as the Institution, which has enabled students to learn about real-world engineering through the example of handcycle design.”

Battle Mountain drama: engineering students break world record

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Martin Haigh has combined a successful career in engineering and training with raising funds to encourage young people into engineering and changes people’s lives.

MBE for engineer who goes the extra mile

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"His death took place from an accident while flying, on 23rd January 1917."

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