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Thursday 10th July 2014

To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country

Description
Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report, calling for an increase in UK forest land cover of 700,000 hectares to increase the quantity of natural benefits provided by the UK's land.
Date:
Thursday 10th July 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Thursday 14th November 2013

Shouldering the storm: engineering resilience to extreme weather

Shouldering the storm: engineering resilience to extreme weather
Description
The destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan is difficult for most of us in the West to conceive. It seems to have been one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, with 1,833 confirmed dead in the Philippines and fears that this number could rise still further when contact is established with more remote rural regions.
Date:
Thursday 14th November 2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Thursday 7th November 2013

Quantum technology: iSensing the underworld

Quantum technology: iSensing the underworld
Description
While understanding the rules of the abstract part of physics called'quantum mechanics' occupied the 20th century, harnessing its power for applications will be a dominant theme of the 21st century. Making the earth beneath our feet transparent is the latest example of utilising the strange properties of the microscopic quantum world to provide such a 'Quantum Technology'.
Date:
Thursday 7th November 2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences

Engineering: skills or qualifications?

Engineering: skills or qualifications?
Description
Not a week seems to pass without the national media reporting a shortage of engineers. This is not a criticism; it is in fact an achievement. What was once a very much overlooked issue is now quite rightly receiving the profile and attention it deserves. A strong, sustainable supply of high-quality engineers is essential if the UK is to meet its current and future skills needs for economic growth.
Date:
Thursday 7th November 2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences
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