Denso and Toshiba are to develop artificial intelligence for vehicles modelled on the human brain.

Denso and Toshiba to develop vehicle AI modelled on human brain
"Nearly two thirds of those surveyed (65%) also said that engineers working in the NHS should have more hands-on involvement with front-line patient care."

Survey: engineers could save NHS money and improve hospital patients’...
"Driverless cars could vastly improve the flow of traffic in our towns and cities, offering benefits to motorists, including reduced delays and more reliable journey times."

Driverless cars could cut traffic delays by 40%
"The £2 million, 24-month project will investigate the practical challenges of developing mass market hydrogen-fuelled vehicles for China."

UK leads hydrogen fuel project for cleaner air in China
"Currently, the only way pilots can gain experience needed to compensate for the complex interplay of airflows during flight is through on-the-job training, which is expensive, risky and stressful."

Could this make helicopter flying safer?
'None of these questions can be answered, unless we have the confidence to invest in research, development and demonstration projects, such as the proposed Swansea demonstration project.' - Dr Jenifer Baxter

Why demonstration sites are good for engineering: tidal lagoons
Its creators claim the mine-sweeping drone is 'safer, 20 times faster and 200 times cheaper than currently available technologies, such as the use of animals, manual de-miners, and manually operated mine-detection vehicles.'

Mine-sweeping drone
"It is possible to build a simplified tractor beam using only one electrical signal and a passive wave modulator."

Researchers develop DIY portable acoustic tractor beam
Locomotive Testing at Rugby and DR Carling- learn more about steam testing in the UK #imeche #engineering

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"The artificial leaf mimics the natural process of underwater photosynthesis of aquatic plants to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, which can be harvested for fuel."

Artificial leaf converts sunlight into hydrogen
Channel 4 are looking for engineers for a new TV show. Do you have the engineering skills and ingenuity to escape from a crash site?
With 28% of entries in Formula Student 2016 being electric-powered - a number that is expected to rise in 2017 - we caught up with Team Bath Racing Electric to find out more about their electric racecar project:

Team Bath Racing Electric jolts into action
Our policy experts look forward to the year ahead, with radioactive waste disposal, air quality and the impact of automation among the engineering issues we’ll be focusing on in the next 12 months. [ Link ]

Engineering 2017: Our experts outline their priorities for the year ahead
British manufacturing growth climbed to a two-and-a-half-year high in December, fuelled by the Brexit-hit pound, which continued to boost demand by making UK exports cheaper on the international market. [ Link ]

UK manufacturing starts new year in strong position
"Over the last twenty years our rail network has seen a 116% increase in passenger usage and a 34% rise in use for freight. Network Rail’s own market analysis expects passenger travel to double again over the next 30 years."

Why should we invest in our railways to increase capacity?
The Trans-Siberian Railway is a marvel of engineering. Learn more about how it was achieved #imeche #engineering

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Using ultrafast imaging of moving energy in photosynthesis, scientists at Imperial College London have determined the speed of crucial processes for the first time, which could be copied to produce fuels by artificial photosynthesis. Find out more: [ Link ]

Ultrafast imaging of photosynthesis could help development of green fuel
ON THIS DAY 100 years ago IMechE member HAROLD BRINDLEY ROBB killed in action #WWI #imeche

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According to The Engineer, engineers at Cornell University have designed a soft robotic hand that uses optical waveguides to give it a sense of touch, enabling it to detect a ripe tomato. Find out more: [ Link ]

Optics give robot hand a light touch
Researchers at University of California, Berkeley have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row. Find out more: [ Link ]