The latest news from the fast-moving world of engineering design, including the latest innovations, applications and research information.

Siemens pays $3.5bn for UGS

Siemens CEO Klaus Kleinfeld says his company's acquisition of UGS gives it an 'end to end' portfolio in software and hardware

Biggest wheel poses new challenges

Larger than anything similar contemplated before, the planned Beijing wheel is setting new challenges both in terms of setting it up and getting passengers in and out of its capsules without causing ...

New directive on electromagnetic emissions

Yet another European Union directive from Brussels is poised to impact. For those who might not be aware of it, this one seeks to limit human exposure to electromagnetic fields and is set to come ...

Micro wind energy becomes serious business

More than 4000 Windsave 1kW wind turbines have been sold since the product was launched by B&Q on October 6th 2006, according to Nigel Evenett, managing director of Lafert Electric Motors, which was ...

Materials advances key to fast success

Steps forward in materials technology are some of the most striking advances to be seen at the Autosport International show now on at the Birmingham NEC.

Good news for graduates in engineering

Graduates in engineering – particularly those specialising in mechanical engineering – can expect to find jobs in which they will practice the skills they have learned.

Underwater wireless wins prize for defence

The underwater radio communication system revealed in the November 2005 edition of Eureka and announced as a product in September 2006, has been declared Overall Winner 2006 at the Defence Technology ...

Compact cycle pump scoops big prize

Julian Peck’s ‘Cyclaire’ pull-cord cycle pump – which featured in the March 2006 edition of Eureka – has just been been crowned winner of the Sky TV Vodafone “The Big Idea” competition

Light weight battery being proven in motorsport

A new lithium ion starter battery weighs only 2.5kg and is being used by the German Red Motorsport team in a Lotus. Conventional starter batteries for this type of application typically weigh from ...

US car design still focussing on gas guzzlers

According to the latest Car Design Yearbook 5, US majors are still designing large gas guzzlers both as production cars and concepts while most of the truly innovative concepts are coming from Japan.

Autonomous boat defies the waves

A boat whose bulk is underwater – with only a narrow element jutting above surface – is largely unaffected by the swell of the sea.

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