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Stop the war on plastic

Plastic has a bad reputation. In today’s throwaway society, it is often viewed as the ultimate disposable material, cast aside as either landfill or litter without any thought as to the environmental ...







Solar Impulse flies into a greener future

There are few genuine visionaries in the engineering world that are really striving to change the world. Ask most people and Elon Musk probably features pretty high up the list developing driverless ...


Valves provide vital link

As cycling continues to gain popularity, cyclists are demanding more from their bikes. Every component comes under scrutiny when looking to engineer a better bike – and the chain is no different.


Built for battle - Robot Wars' revamped House Robots

The return of Robot Wars to our screens this summer had completely re-engineered house robots, which were needed to keep up with the competition. Justin Cunningham finds out how the technology has ...


Laid back approach to aerodynamic drive

Designing a sports car starts with making it look good. Or does it? Elemental started with aerodynamics and it resulted in a fundamental shift in the driving position. Tim Fryer reports


Cracking carbon fibre

Far Composites and Axon Automotive have been collaborating on a low cost, low waste carbon fibre beam technology, called Axontex. Tom Austin-Morgan went to the recent Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event ...


Clean image for dirty diesel

Diesel engines have got a bad press in recent years, but there is a lot of work going on to make sure that strict environmental legislation is being met.


Metal manipulation

As aluminium becomes the lightweight material of choice for many, we look at one project that aims to secure supply, reduce production emissions and keep value in scrap. Justin Cunningham finds out ...


Sticking to multi-material assembly

As multi-material designs get increasingly passed over the preverbal wall for manufacture, the demand on adhesives with multiple curing mechanisms has increased. Here, Eureka reports on industry’s ...


Science behind the gold rush

Great Britain had a phenomenally successful Olympic Games in 2012, winning 65 medals (29 golds). It was our most successful Games since London first hosted the event in 1908. But although the home ...


Engineering the beautiful game

As Euro 2016 comes to a close, we look at the engineering behind the tournaments footballs, and why the beautiful game had to be changed for a fracas. Justin Cunningham reports.


Simplifying 3D print simulation

For technology to be useful, it must be accessible. An example is a metal 3D printing process that, thanks to simulation, may find many more applications. Tim Fryer found out more.