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Spinal X-ray image analysis to aid early osteoporosis detection

21 Aug 2014| By Jason Ford

Specialist computer software is being developed in Manchester to help identify the early onset of osteoporosis.

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Innovation in the UK niche vehicles sector

15 Aug 2014| By Stuart Nathan

Fast work: Sports cars are dominating the niche vehicle sector in the UK. Stuart Nathan reports

Serge Cosnier and Philippe Cinquin have developed implantable bio-fuel cells

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21 Jul 2014| By Stuart Nathan

The inventors behind some of today’s most exciting medical devices explain how they brought their ideas to market

The Iter tokamak will be the world's largest fusion reactor

Fusion foundations: the civil challenges underpinning Iter

21 Jul 2014| By Stuart Nathan

As construction of Iter begins, Stuart Nathan looks at the fusion reactor’s supporting structures

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The Engineer - most recent commented stories The Engineer Gearing up for Formula E The sounds and smells of racing cars on high octane fuel is what makes the events exciting and memorable. Going electric (ugh!) is like visiting the theatre or cinema or concert without sound to save noise pollution. Quite mad. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:10 GMT 21 Aug 2014 4:10 pm 0 US reveals plans for smaller, faster, lighter tanks This is remarkably similar to the UK MoD FPV concept (previously covered by The Engineer) but several years later and presumably several billion dollars more expensive Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:14 GMT 21 Aug 2014 1:14 pm 0 E-borders fiasco highlights the need for expert scrutiny Raytheon come from an engineering background so their processes are actually better than most SIs in that regard. The lack of expertise on the client-side was made up for by paying Deloitte £39m to fill the gap. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:50 GMT 21 Aug 2014 11:50 am 1 Your questions answered: HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier These two ships fill me with pride. For my money I believe it is in the UK's interest to look outside of Trident the next Generation and place orders for another 2 of these carriers and more Type 45's and 26's. In the 21st Century it will be important that potential adversaries can see your capability and potential. As for nuclear deterrence the successful completion or fruition of Skylon will leave other super powers in no doubt that if threatened the UK has at its disposal the ability to hit anywhere in as little as 4 hours just by the fact it has Skylon. Hence a very cost effective deterrent without the need for expensive trident submarines. Skylon if achieved gives the UK/EU access to low Earth Orbit and a credible deterrent against anyone with a mind to threaten. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:52 GMT 21 Aug 2014 2:52 am 0 Micro-hydroelectricity takes off in the UK Hydro units are suited to the available site conditions. Choosing to access long lengths of stream or river systems is generally difficult due to ownership issues not engineering so micro hydro units are the outcome to maintain the water energy within one ownership location. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:17 GMT 21 Aug 2014 0:17 am 1 The Engineer Q&A: fracking Could any of the experts objectively comment on the alleged statistic from the Texas Barnett Shale reserve, that is, allegedly 90% of all hydraulic fractured wells lost 90% of their production capacity within 18 months? Not exactly a formula for long term economic stability, no? I've heard experts claim "we'll just re-frac!" How does this strategy affect the Levelised Cost of Energy if, the drillers do indeed dispose of the frac fluid properly? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:01 GMT 20 Aug 2014 11:01 pm 1 Last week's poll: uncapping student numbers Taking the value added argument one stage further: can we envisage a differential company tax regime which taxed value added (manufacturing) at one rate and simple 'profit' added (retail and most services) at a higher and punitive rate, until the various sections of our economy (if it is!) were in balance again. Sorry to bring in a "textile" analogy [but it is an area I know rather well] but throughout my career I have noticed that whereas a problem may show itself at one point in the process, its root was invariably 'up-stream. [fabric problems are invariably yarn problems, yarn problems are invariably fibre problems. [I did hear once of a firm whose lawyers seriously considered suing the sheep for providing/creating the wrong wool!] Such is the power of 'retail' in textiles that most production in Europe/USA has gone off-shore: because manufacturing firms simply could not 'screw' their staff and their suppliers any more to placate the demands of greedy retailers and their buyers. What little profit they could make was from their staff and their suppliers: not from their customers. I wonder how many other aspects to GB plc are similarly affected? Too many! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:44 GMT 20 Aug 2014 8:44 pm 0 Border patrol: inside e-Borders It´s all about fear, rather than understanding. It´s about the Islamic terrorist threat to a UK that sides with a heavy-handed world-dominating United States. The US leaders killed hundreds of thousands of people, the majority non-combatant, and has secured "vital oil resources" in Iraq and elsewhere. Each litre of oil comes with its own human blood, but lets close our eyes to that, right? That the US policy has been to let US companies do anything to secure rich benefits in Muslim countries has resulted in a hatred for all things Western. I´ve been to Saudi and other regional countries. I´ve seen what the Americans do there, and its ugly. If the US and west doesn´t allow Muslim countries to evolve, as the west was allowed to evolve, at its own speed, then there will continue to be a high price. Rather than making enemies and waste millions on expensive security that can never be 100%, the UK´s best defence IMHO is to make friends. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:31 GMT 20 Aug 2014 2:31 pm 0 Mechanical motion added to 3D-printed creations Of course, you can play in a similar way with MechDesigner, from PSMotion. Here is an example - inspired by Disney Research - . However, with MechDeisgner, you can also, while you play and on-the-fly, design, analyse for any points, joint or Part, positions, velocities, accelerations, forces, torques, mass, inertia, use any number of simple, compound, plenatary, epicyclic gears trains, look at any number of trace points, add as many links, joints motions as you want, to any number of planar and spatial mechansism. Also, design and analyse cams - flat, conjugate, barrel, globoidal. In other words all the real data you need for machine design. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:24 GMT 20 Aug 2014 2:24 pm Kevin Stamp 16483 1 Poll: Graphene and implants It might be technically possible. BUT, last time I asked my NHS dentist for an implant (a well established technology), he told me the waiting time at the nearest hospital is about 3 years. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:40 GMT 20 Aug 2014 1:40 pm 0

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E-borders fiasco highlights the need for expert scrutiny

20 Aug 2014| By Stuart Nathan

The fiasco over the cancellation of the contract with Raytheon to deliver the UK’s e-borders system could have been avoided if more engineers were involved in decision making.

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Gearing up for Formula E

18 Aug 2014| By Jason Ford

Pre-season testing begins this week for next month’s hotly anticipated all-electric motor-racing spectacular

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19 Aug 2014| By Stuart Nathan

Money from nothing: Commercialising technology involves convincing people to invest in something that hasn’t existed before. Stuart Nathan talks to an old hand in the art

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M2M beyond the enterprise: the rise of the connected SME

7 Aug 2014

Phil Skipper, Head of M2M Business Development, Vodafone Group explains how machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, a component of the ‘internet of things’, can help smaller companies to compete

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Several recent discoveries have indicated that it might be possible to use graphene as the basis for biocompatible implants to replace lost senses such as sight and interfacing with prosthetics. How likely is this, and what are the main roadblocks?