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The Bloodhound Project – more a giant leap for the engineering profession than an attempt at a land speed record

At a recent get-together of engineering professionals, the conversation turned to the exciting Bloodhound project – a bold, ambitious venture, which aims to develop a supersonic car (SSC) capable of breaking the 1,000mph land speed barrier. To my dismay a fellow professional dismissed the Bloodhound SSC as being “a suped-up racing car”. I was disappointed because

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The golden age for Innovation: now?

It would be interesting to undertake a poll to determine people’s perception of if there was a golden age of innovation.   The wheel, fire and electricity were all pivotal inventions or discoveries that put mankind on the path to where we are now, but in terms of technological advancement was there ever a really hot

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Can we avoid a skills crisis in the engineering sector?

The conflicting nature of Britain’s engineering industry was underlined in a recent report from national body EngineeringUK, a not for profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to promote the vital role of engineers and engineering to society. On the one hand, the research, called simply: The State of Engineering 2016, shows

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What do mechanical engineers do?

It’s a question we get asked from time to time at public gatherings: “So what exactly is it that you do?” When I say I provide mechanical engineering support to the development of (mostly) electronic products this is usually met with confused looks. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines and (amongst many other things) involves the

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Energy for free: harvesting from RF waves

We have posted before about the exciting potential benefits of so-called energy scavenging, or energy harvesting, and how the approach offers efficiencies and the ability to power small, low-energy devices. We were interested, then, to see the recent launch of a new product called Freevolt, which harvests the energy from ambient radio frequency (RF) waves.

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