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  • Achieving lift-off last night from Cape Canaveral, the Beresheet lander carries a mission-critical UK-developed and built engine Beresheet, the Hebrew name for the book of Genesis meaning “In the beginning”, was launched on 21 February  atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8-45pm local time. The project was organised by SpaceIL, […] The post UK-propelled Israeli probe aims to be the first privately-funded lunar lander appeared first on The Engineer.

  • Protein found in ring teeth of squid could be used to make biodegradable materials for ‘smart’ clothes that monitor health, or self-healing recyclable fabrics that reduce microplastic pollution. Materials made from this protein are sustainable and can be produced on a large-scale production using laboratory culture methods. The advance is published in Frontiers in Chemistry […] The post Protein found in squid forms fibres of sustainable materials appeared first on The Engineer.

  • A new RFID (radio-frequency identification) system developed at MIT has allowed robots to track objects with pinpoint accuracy and could supersede computer vision. Known as TurboTrack, the technology sees cheap RFID tags placed on objects, with a wireless signal then bounced around the environment to locate them. Signals from the tags and other reflected objects […] The post RFID tracking system could replace machine vision on robots appeared first on The Engineer.

JCB Academy Engineering Education Conference

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The Royal Academy of Engineering and the JCB Academy are bringing together industry and education providers for a two-day colloquium on engineering curriculum development. This not to be missed event has been organised over two days:

Day 1 The JCB Academy in Action:

The opportunity to visit the prestigious JCB Academy and see how engineering students and staff are working with the curriculum.

Private Dinner: to hear about the emerging Engineering Education Alliance.

Day 2 The Authentic Curriculum: Presentations and Market Place:

The JCB Academy partner organisations, JCB staff and students showcasing their authentic engineering education programmes. The conference will be of interest and relevance to: University Technical Colleges Aspiring UTC consortia Specialist Engineering Academies and Schools Employers with a responsibility for educational development JCB partner organisations.

Dates: TBC

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