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According to The Engineer, researchers have used graphene to make the children’s toy Silly Putty conduct electricity, a development that could lead to extremely sensitive sensors. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Researchers add graphene to silly putty to create sensors and medical devices

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Japanese researchers have tested an island volcano monitoring system that uses a wave glider equipped with cameras and GPS in the seas around Nishinoshima. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Volcano monitoring system tested in Japan

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Our free Feedback – Breakfast of champions webinar is ideal if you want to impact how you and others use feedback to really leverage development, productivity and eventually revenue for your organisation.

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According to The Engineer, 3D printed resin lenses have opened up new possibilities for ultrasound in diagnostics and therapy. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

3D printed lenses offer low-cost enhancement of ultrasound

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A project to restore a Hawker Typhoon aircraft from World War Two is using 3D laser scanning and additive manufacturing machinery to reproduce obsolete parts. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Rebuilding historic aircraft

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Our next Steam Turbine and Generator user group in March will be busier than ever – hear valuable insights to enhance your turbine assets from over 40 operators and manufacturers, including Shell, GE, EDF Energy, Siemens, Toshiba, Engie and many more.

Early Bird ends 13 January. Book your place today: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Steam Turbine and Generator User Group | Midlands | con6443

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Researchers at Rice University in Texas have found that bumpy surfaces with graphene between would help dissipate heat in next-generation microelectronic devices. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Graphene for more efficient heat transfer in electronic devices

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ENGINEERS ADVENT CALENDAR: featuring IMechE Christmas cards #christmas

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ENGINEERS ADVENT

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Engineers have developed a radar sensor that remains fully operational even when an avalanche rolls over it, in order to develop better simulations of avalanches. It is hoped that the simulation results might help to improve the design of avalanche protection devices. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

New radar sensors can be used to see inside avalanches

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Brunel had ‘transferable skills’. Are these more, or less, important these days?
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The legacy of Brunel for today’s engineers

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According to The Engineer, a laser-based process for modifying the surface of metals is to be used to help enhance the performance of the world’s biggest physics experiment: the Large Hadron Collider. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

UK laser technology could help boost performance of Large Hadron Collider

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According to The Guardian, a new paper has described for the first time how scientists can test the controversial idea that the speed of light is not a constant. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Theory challenging Einstein's view on speed of light could soon be tested

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National Grid’s Gas Distribution company has signed a £6.3 million deal to help fund the “world’s first” commercially operating bio-substitute natural gas plant in Swindon, which will make gas from household waste. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Construction to start on ‘world’s first’ commercial bio-substitute natural gas plant

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ON THIS DAY 100 years ago IMechE member ALLAN WILLIAM CORFE killed in action #WWI

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ON THIS DAY

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A method developed to enhance piezoelectric sensors could lead to better monitoring of aircraft and improved biosensors, according to researchers from the University of Missouri College of Engineering. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Engineers develop method to enhance piezoelectric sensors

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Solar cells produced with tin instead of the more commonly used lead could make them more adaptable and simpler to produce, according to research from the University of Warwick. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Solar cells made with tin could increase uptake of technology

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A satellite lighting detection system developed by Lockheed Martin for Nasa and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) could detect storms and tornadoes far in advance. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Tracking the eye of the storm

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As a young girl growing up, I was always fascinated by the things around me. When I looked at human beings, birds, airplanes, ships and cars, one question constantly plagued my mind, “How do they function the way they do?” via Bolts and Nuts: My take on Mechanical Engineering — African Women in Science and Engineering

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Bolts and Nuts: My take on Mechanical Engineering — African Women in Science and Engineering

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A project by German engineers aims to use water to provide energy storage for wind turbines. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

When the wind blows: GE pioneers water batteries for wind turbines

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Researchers have developed a combination of software and hardware that will allow them to use unmanned aerial vehicles and insect cyborgs to map large, unfamiliar areas, such as collapsed buildings after a disaster. Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Insect ‘biobots’ and UAV teams to map disaster areas

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