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

Chain doubles its lifespan

The seventh generation of Tsubaki’s RS roller chain has twice the wear life of its predecessor, thanks to a new bushing system.

Government Technology Board to go independent

The Technology Strategy Board, which is to take over funding of the Government’s £178 million Technology Programme next year, is to go independent of the DTI and have its main office in Swindon

R&D reaps rewards

The 16th annual edition of the DTI’s R&D scoreboard shows some of the benefits to be obtained by investing in R&D

Feathers and silk keys to light protection

Feathers show potential inspiration for making light weight body armour, and another soft material, silk, is already in service in police body armour in Thailand.

Better spanners, medical aids and saving the planet

Award winners and entrants at this years British Invention of the Year Awards at Alexandra Palace ranged from better spanners through a low power requirement oxygen generator for mobile operating ...

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

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