Coffee Time Challenge

An engineer’s mind never rests – even at coffee breaks, so here is something to keep it active during the downtime. The Coffee Time Challenge invites you to use your imagination, humour, experience to come up with a solution to a problem. We will always have a solution to the problem in the bag and will reveal it a month after the Challenge is set.


A better brush

Show me that smile! Show me those pearly whites! For many of us, keeping our teeth clean is a routine that happens twice a day without really ever thinking about it. The trouble is, for many others, ...


The invisible helmet

The humble bicycle helmet continues to save countless lives and for most that commute on a bicycle, helmets are a core part of their apparel. However, for so many young people, wearing a helmet still ...


Solving the snore

We’ve all had an encounter or two with those that have what can only be described as, ‘epic snoring skills’. Those that can routinely snore, at volume, for hours at a time. Whether it is a delicate ...


Wire woes

It’s an early Monday morning. You get on the train, take a seat and look forward to sitting back and relaxing with some gentle music, just to ease you into the week. But, you soon realise your ...


Fishy freight

Who hasn’t opened up a new product and felt like they’ve been duped by the classic box in a box in a box trick because of the amount of packaging inside. While manufacturers understandably want to ...


Lost in translation

The world is getting smaller. Technology and the internet has brought people closer together as language barriers continue to fall and become far less of a barrier that they once were. Gone are the ...


Finding Fido

Man's best friend has been a faithful companion through the ages. Dogs provide companionship and increasingly are responsible for keeping their owners active.


Eyes on the road!

Despite the best efforts of Government initiatives, harsher penalties being enforced by the police and more disturbing advertising campaigns against it, distracted driving continues to be a major ...


Anchors 'aweigh'!

Thanks to nature documentaries like Planet Earth and growing concerns about global warming, people are becoming more aware of the fragility of our natural ecosystems.


Avoiding the sharp end

For many, a trip to the doctor or dentist is filled with trepidation, especially when there is any likelihood of a needle being involved. While no one likes having an injection, as many as 10% of the ...


Off-road revolution!

Some people, confined to a wheelchair, still want the exhilaration of the off road experience. They want to leave smooth pavements behind them and tackle the more challenging environments of the ...


Chill out, man!

Stress has become an accepted part of modern life. It means, what we have gained in efficiency thanks to modern technology, we undo by taking on more. We are busier than ever, work longer than ever, ...


Rock and a hard place

Drummers tend to get a hard time. Not only do other musicians ridicule drummers as luddites, they have a problem with portability and practice. The fact is, a drum kit can’t easily be strapped on ...


Searching for sweet dreams

If life was accurately represented by soap operas, then the typical family would be torn apart on a regular basis by financial impropriety, infidelity, drunkenness and cruelty. And that’s before the ...



Full charge - but what's the cost?

There you are at home, peering at your electricity bill through a gloom barely lifted by a light that has been dimmed to its minimum in order to save electricity. But how much does it save? Is it ...


More tea? I'll be back!

Once upon a time people used diaries - little books of paper with dates on - to ensure they knew what they were going to do at any given time. A couple of decades ago they were partially made ...


Quieten down, please!

Perhaps it is a sign of impending middle age, but sometimes many of us wish the world would just quieten down. Colleagues' talking, spouses' snoring, kids' screaming... has someone just turned up the ...


A rather modern problem

We're a bit self-obsessed aren't we? No, not the hard working - and good looking - team here at Eureka. We're talking about modern day society. The constant need to take photos and videos to record ...


Terror of tyre blow outs

One of the most dangerous failures on British roads is the lorry tyre. These catastrophic events tend to occur on motorways or A-roads, at speed, and without warning.


Funky furniture

Predictably the 70s is making another comeback. How this ever comes about with flares and platform shoes the size breeze blocks is beyond Eureka's editorial team, but it happens. With the limitations ...


Fat cats and dumpy dogs

The UK is renowned for being a nation of animal lovers. However, despite best intentions, looking after beloved pets is not always an easy task, especially for those that are inexperienced.


More practical buoyancy

Lifejackets are large and cumbersome. When you have to wear them, it is like strapping on a beer belly. You lose manoeuvrability and they have a tendency to make even the most coordinated of people, ...


Taking a shorter shower

It's hard to talk about water conservation with the wettest month in recorded history still fresh in everyone's mind. Widespread floods continue to harass many parts of the UK, but in other areas of ...


The annoying bulge

The British plug is a design classic. Its unique 3-prongs that protrude from the plastic enclosure have become the standard both here in the UK and in many former parts of the British Empire.