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Race to save the Great Barrier Reef

Engineering a rescue for the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s iconic natural wonders. Stuart Nathan reports The Great Barrier Reef is unquestionably a wonder of the world. The largest coral system on Earth, it consists of more than 2,900 individual reefs and stretches over 2,300km (1,400 miles). Famously visible from space, it represents […]

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(Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:34:28 +0000)

Engineered “meta-material” reflects light and sound in tailored directions

Manipulating the surface structure of the material at the atomic level allows the direction and shape of reflected waves to be tailored for optical and acoustic applications The nature and behaviour of waves is one of the most complex subjects in physics. Whether they are pressure fluctuations within a material, such as sound waves, or […]

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(Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:45:23 +0000)

Untethered electrode sheds light on therapeutic uses of neural stimulation

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a method of neural stimulation that uses an untethered electrode activated by light, an advance that could mitigate damage done by implanted devices. Neural stimulation can provide therapeutic effects in neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, but implanted devices deteriorate over time and can cause scarring in neural […]

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(Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:39:51 +0000)

RemoveDEBRIS consortium captures space junk with harpoon

An international consortium led by the Surrey Space Centre has deployed the harpoon on its test satellite to capture space debris in orbit. RemoveDEBRIS is a small satellite mission to test four technologies integral to removing space junk. Designed by Airbus UK in Stevenage, the harpoon is the third experiment to be successfully trialled, following […]

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(Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:46:54 +0000)

£18m funding for OneWeb global broadband satellite constellation

The UK Space Agency has awarded £18m of European Space Agency (ESA) funding to OneWeb, a satellite startup that plans to use hundreds of satellites to provide broadband connectivity to every corner of the globe. The company, which was founded in the US but is now registered in the UK, expects to employ up to […]

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(Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:40:12 +0000)

Promoted content: Bringing AM into the mainstream

North Star Imaging explains how Advanced qualification and testing methods are helping to accelerate the development and deployment of Additive Manufacturing processes and Products. Additive Manufacturing (AM) has rapidly expanded into nearly all industries with projections of growth continuing in the double digits for the next decade.  AM carries with it the ability to expand […]

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(Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:38:22 +0000)

Inside Amazon’s technology test-bed

Michael Kenward visits Amazon’s Baltimore technology test-best and explains how robotics underpins a fundamental change in its operations. After you negotiate airport style security, and walk by the posters advertising free flu jabs, the first impressions on entering Amazon’s high-tech warehouse near Baltimore are the noise and the lack of people. The din comes from […]

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(Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:30:51 +0000)

John Haynes – celebrating a lasting legacy

Our anonymous blogger pays tribute to the creator of the iconic Haynes maintenance manual Even if you didn’t know his Christian name, chances are that the mere mention of John Haynes will bring one of his eponymous maintenance manuals to mind. Such is the far reaching influence of the man who passed away earlier this […]

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(Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:00:19 +0000)