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

Big reward for good ideas

The Ministry of Defence has a pot of £10million – including single grants up to £250,000 – to fund the development of promising research ideas.

Medical devices forge ahead

Medical device technology is continuing to forge ahead, with at least one major drug company expressing interest in developing its own products.

Ipods incorporated into suits

Clothing manufacturer Bagir will use smart fabrics to turn a suit lapel into a five-button panel – allowing users to browse through their iPods

Being 'green' could earn you up to £40K

The Shell Springboard programme aims to provide up to six awards of between £20,000 to £40,000 in each of three UK regions to boost innovative, low carbon business ideas

Diesel speed record smashed for Britain

On August 23rd, the JCB Dieselmax established a new diesel powered land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats, breaking the previous record that it had established only the previous day.

Ultrasonics keep trains on the rails

Researchers have developed a new technique they said is better able than currently used technology to find defects in steel railroad tracks

Smaller way of welding aluminium

Researchers at TWI have developed a way of joining thin aluminium alloy sheet, by modifying the friction stir welding process

Materials students dip by a quarter

The numbers of undergraduates on materials and engineering courses have slumped dramatically over the last 10 years, says a researcher from Sheffield Hallam University.

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