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  • Smart devices, including wearable electronics and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, could be equipped with more sensors and bigger batteries, thanks to a new production technique from Nanusens. Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are a vital component in most electronic devices, as they provide the sensing capabilities that make the technology smart. However, since every […] The post Nanusens’ technique builds sensor structures within chips appeared first on The Engineer.

  • Engineering firm Aecom and Nottingham Trent University have agreed a three-year extension to the research partnership they struck up in 2017. According to the university, the partnership has involved joint research such as testing new materials’ properties for use in 3D print applications, rapid structural testing, research on improving skills for offsite construction, and a […] The post Aecom and Nottingham Trent extend research partnership appeared first on The Engineer.

  • If a town can be defined by a single landmark then the jewel in Southend’s crown must surely be its record-breaking pier. While not the oldest – that honour goes to Ryde Pier, which was built in 1813 – it is the world’s longest. The pleasure pier at Southend extends 1.34 miles into the Thames […] The post April 1949: a peerless landmark appeared first on The Engineer.

  • Claimed ‘paradigm shift’ could usher in battery-free implantable electrical devices Researchers in Beijing, working on generating electricity from natural, involuntary movements of the human body, such as the contractions of their hearts, respiration and blood flow have developed a cardiac pacemaker which operates via a piezoelectric film covering the surface of the heart. Tested in […] The post Experimental pacemaker generates power from pig’s heartbeat appeared first on The Engineer.

  • A new UK-built endurance aircraft known as Phoenix has made its public debut following indoor flight testing at the Drystack facility in Portsmouth. Designed to operate at high altitudes for extended periods, the prototype vehicle has a 15m-long fuselage filled with helium and a wingspan of 10.5m. It propels itself using variable buoyancy, constantly shifting […] The post Phoenix endurance aircraft takes flight in Portsmouth appeared first on The Engineer.

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