Engineering

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The 34-storey timber tower planned for Stockholm. Berg | C.F. møller Architects

The skyscrapers of the future will be made of wood

Until recently, tall wooden towers were an engineering impossibility. Following a breakthrough a few years ago, the sky is increasingly the limit.
A 3rd year chemical engineering student from the University of Cape Town in a vacation “boot camp” to help with supplementary exam preparation. Jennifer Case

A different route to reducing university drop-out rates

How do you overhaul a university department so it offers the best teaching, support and development for a radically changed context?
‘I realise it’s got flames on it, but does it go up to 11?’ Channel 4

Scientists at work: building the world’s fastest downhill racer

I’d like to say that it’s not every day you get asked to try to break a world record with a speed-obsessed truck mechanic from Grimsby, but for us at the Centre for Sports Engineering Research it’s starting…
Asteroidea Electrica, first prize winner by Adrianus Indrat Aria. Cambridge University

Engineering’s unexpected and microscopic beauty

We all know engineering is useful, functional, even ingenious. But the engineering photography competition we hold each year provides us a chance to wander outside its merely utilitarian aspects into dimensions…
Does the brain function like electronic circuits? Flickr/Ars Electronica

To understand the brain you need electronic engineers too

Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to understanding of the workings of the human brain. There is a rapidly growing intersection between electronic engineering and neuroscience…
The engineers' realm extends far beyond construction – it bridges the gap between research and practical application. paul bica/Flickr

Building the nation will be impossible without engineers

AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, we’re asking how each science discipline will contribute to Australia…
An engineering renaissance for Hull. Siemens

British hi-tech engineering is more successful than you think

Building serious infrastructure – such as energy supply, energy distribution, road and rail – is a big undertaking. It takes a long time to build, but an even longer time to plan and to generate enough…
A mini power plant in a North Sydney basement. Trigeneration plants like these generate electricity, heating and cooling far more efficiently than with mains power. AAP/Short Communications, Girrit Fokkema

How to save business billions, without cutting renewable jobs

The debate about the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) has largely focused on the issue of immediate costs to business. But if we’re thinking about Australia’s long-term economic interests…
Jobs for the girls. By Rhoda Baer, via Wikimedia Commons

Stopping the brain drain of women scientists

You can be forgiven for assuming that gender is not an issue any more in higher education. There are more young women entering universities than ever before and they are graduating each year in their hundreds…

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