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Welcome to a collection of features from around the world on the themes of engineering and design.Click on the link beside each feature to read more.You can sort through the feature items according to the category as specified in the column on the left hand side of the page.


Sabre looks sharp in 'RACE FOR SPACE'

Substantial funding is now driving forward the development of a ground-based demonstrator of Reaction Engines Ltd’s much heralded SABRE aerospace engine. It’s a big moment for UK hopes and expectations

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Crisis in Engineering

The UK lags far behind the rest of Europe when it comes to female engineers, while the number of men entering the profession is in decline. How can this be reversed?

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Sarah Guppy: bridging the present to the past

Sheila Hannon, Creative Producer, Show Of Strength Theatre Company, revisits the life of Sarah Guppy (1770-1852) – designer, inventor, engineer and much more

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Speed of Light

Regular Asides author Colin Ledsome CEng FIED comes up with a ‘recipe’ you won’t find in any cookbook!

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Driving force

The UK has a powerful international reputation for automotive design – a strength that in the early stages of the product development cycle is critical to sales success and attracting further R&D work

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Are robots going soft?

Using robotics systems has helped many patients relearn muscular movements or rebuild strength. However, by using ‘soft’ materials, outcomes could be much improved. Tim Fryer looks into the ongoing research

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Breath of fresh air

We tend to take breathing for granted, but what if a medical condition threatened to cut off your air supply? Darryl Calleja Stafrace StudIED, winner of the 2016 IED Malta Student Award, relates how he designed a medical device to tackle such situations

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Taking up the Skills Gauntlet

Renowned engineering designer and inventor Sir James Dyson has long railed against the dearth of skilled engineers in the UK. Now he has taken matters into his own hands

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Maggie Philbin OBE

Maggie Philbin, broadcaster, CEO of TeenTech and IED President, was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her services to Science, Technology and Engineering. We offer her our warmest congratulations

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Following in the footsteps...AUTOMATICALLY!

When celebrating the past, why not challenge the future? That is the forward-looking stance being taken in Plymouth as the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers’ voyage approaches. Tim Fryer reports

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