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

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.

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.

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