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How Nature Inspires Technology II: The Wonder of Small Things

We have written before on how nature and its designs have guided the development of man-made technologies down the ages. As designers and engineers, it’s a theme that we are fascinated by and one we continuously revisit. One particularly riveting area is the wealth of inspiration, clever design and raw material offered to the human

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The quest for better batteries

It seems that we have an insatiable thirst for hi-tech gadgets. Many of us are at a point whereby they are critical to our work, our leisure pursuits and to our social interaction. Modern life as we know it would come to a standstill without them. The problem is that the current array of battery

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The demise of soap-box go-karts of yesteryear

Roadside skips are wonderful places for people who make and recycle things. Whenever I pass one I can’t resist a quick glance over the contents to see what items of use someone has decided to discard. The other day I saw a traditional Silver Cross pram lying in a skip and immediately I was transported

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Energy scavenging – coming to a body near you soon?

As mechanical designers in the engineering field with a background in the manufacturing sector we are driven to find efficiencies wherever we can – be it in terms of looking for cost and time savings in the manufacturing process, minimising the use of materials in the manufacture, improved energy and power efficiencies during use or giving consideration

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How can we prepare for jobs of the future when we don’t know what they will be?

Having children makes you look to the future – you have hopes and dreams for them and want to prepare them well for what is to come. But it has occurred to me on numerous occasions that we base our decisions on what we know now, not what is likely to be the reality in

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