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06/05/2010

Hoping for change

On the day when the country goes to the polls, regardless of our various political views, it must be hoped that whatever government emerges from the process appreciates and supports manufacturing industry.  Read More

15/04/2010

Andy Green's Bloodhound Project diary

Wing Commander Andy Green, driver of the 1000mph Bloodhound land speed record car, reports on the latest developments of the project.  Read More

17/03/2010

Richard Noble's Bloodhound Project diary

We started BLOODHOUND officially in June 2007- that was 33 months ago – 33 months of hell at my end keeping the programme afloat – but this next week we believe the Aero team will come up with the final shape of the car.  Read More

08/03/2010

Shouldering the green burden

More by accident than design, the theme that comes across strongly in this month's issue of Eureka is the environment.  Read More

05/03/2010

Time is money and manufacturing is a solution

Since the global economic crisis exposed the UK's reliance on the financial services sector, manufacturing has enjoyed a renaissance. Now, the sector is seen as one of the ways of turning things around. But it's going to be a long haul. Findlay Media's Manufacturing Summit, held on 4 March in London, provided the platform for strong debate on the future of UK manufacturing.  Read More

18/02/2010

Just buy me a blue dress

That was the last thing my wife said to me as she kissed me goodbye and I settled into the cab bound for the airport. I was departing for a week long business trip to the US and her parting request was for a blue dress. "Sure," I thought. "How hard can that be?"  Read More

09/02/2010

Getting some answers

Becoming editor of Eureka just as the UK emerges officially from 18 months of recession feels like fortuitous timing.   Read More

15/01/2010

A new industrial society?

We have been told for some years now that skills will be vital as the UK develops a knowledge based economy. The financial crisis has reinforced that thinking and now the talk is of a new industrial society, rather than a post industrial one.  Read More

21/12/2009

Richard Noble's Bloodhound Project diary

I'm late again – the workload here is massive and getting time for creative writing is proving really difficult!  Read More

02/12/2009

Andy Green's Bloodhound Project diary

After months of waiting, lots of great things have come together all at once. The final design of the Car, the move into our new HQ, the confirmation of our run location and the new animation video which is fantastic!  Read More

23/11/2009

BEEAs finalist Matthew Luethi blogs his subsequent progress with his silent vertical axis wind turbines

I had been asked to explain the workings of my turbines to several Groups of Students so I built a working tabletop model 50 cm X 40 cm.  Read More

09/11/2009

'Real engineering' needs real support from Government

The Hinton Lecture is one of the Royal Academy of Engineering's prestige events. This year, the lecture was given by industry secretary Lord Mandelson, who used the opportunity to call for more 'real engineering'.  Read More

06/11/2009

BEEAs finalist Matthew Luethi blogs his subsequent progress with his silent vertical axis wind turbines

Today, I had some good news for my turbine and my project. Encraft did the most extensive trials of Wind Turbines on Houses here in the UK on behalf of the Carbon Trust. 26 Wind turbines were installed on roofs in Warwick.   Read More

06/11/2009

Government must put its money where its mouth is

The Government has thrown its weight behind an all electric car that will be designed and developed solely in the UK.  Read More

02/11/2009

Richard Noble's Bloodhound Project diary

I failed to get the September blog together in good time, and Nick Chapman is not pleased again – we're into November, and here's the October report!  Read More

22/10/2009

More ‘real engineering’ needed

Delivering the Hinton Lecture to the Royal Academy of Engineering earlier this week, industry secretary Lord Mandelson called for more 'real engineering'.  Read More

16/10/2009

BEEAs finalist Matthew Luethi blogs his subsequent progress with his silent vertical axis wind turbines

We had an exceptional good meeting with Hisko Baas from www.iq-systemhaus.com, part of www.iq-wireless.com, and the UK mast manufacturer CU Phosco.  Read More

24/09/2009

Will the UK get left behind?

After a recent trip to the Motek automation show in Stuttgart, one thing was apparent. While figures may suggest that the German economy is through the recession, it was hard to find exhibitors that shared the optimism. Things are still tough and are likely to remain so for some time.  Read More

17/09/2009

Will we implement our renewable solutions in time?

While there are endless acres of information about the likely impact of global warming, and equally large areas of information about alternative sources of energy that will not wreck the planet, the big question is whether we have the collective will to address the problems in time.  Read More

03/09/2009

Designing with users in mind

Now here's an idea, why not design your promotional and technical literature and your product in conjunction with end users?  Read More

01/09/2009

Richard Noble's Bloodhound Project diary

The end of September is, I hope, going to be a huge waypoint for BLOODHOUND; hopefully JP and the design team will have made their decision on the final external layout of BLOODHOUND SSC and reached what we call Aero Solution. Over in the US, Daniel Jubb and his team will have successfully fired the full-scale hybrid rocket. Can we achieve all this? – I am beginning to learn that we have a really outstanding series of teams here and I reckon it can be done.  Read More

27/08/2009

All steamed up

Another land speed record for the UK. This time, it's the record for steam driven vehicles and one which has stood since 1906.  Read More

09/08/2009

Richard Noble's Bloodhound Project diary

My apologies- this is late again! Nick Chapman asked for this update in July, but the pace and demands of the project are so great that I have to give precedence to activities that make money, structure the programme and help the rest of the team achieve their objectives. The project is moving very very fast now on a very wide front and it's doing really well.  Read More

20/07/2009

Electric vehicles already becoming dominant in China

The good news that Nissan is investing in its plant near Sunderland to manufacture batteries for new electric cars should be tempered by the fact that China, which announced a move to go electric a few months ago, is already heavily into the production of such vehicles.  Read More

09/07/2009

Apply online for your electric Mini

I don't know if this is going to be a trend in marketing desirable green leading edge cars, but drivers that want to be the first to get behind the wheel of the new electric Mini, The Mini E, will be able to apply for them later this year.  Read More

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