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Thursday 3rd November 2016

Driving the revolution

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In the UK, 75% of families own a car, and as a population we travel over 244 billion miles a year in cars. In the near future, how we drive those miles will change dramatically. Increasingly, autonomous systems technology will control our vehicles, with intelligent automation making driving safer, more efficient and more predictable.
Date:
Thursday 3rd November 2016
Thursday 20th October 2016

Are we nearly there yet?

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Many readers may remember the 1980's advertising slogan for British Rail, that claimed "We're getting there"; I fear we may still be on our way. At that time the railways were still experiencing significant competition from the allure of the private car, and the railway system had undergone several decades of disinvestment that led to poor performance and the eventual breakup and privatisation of the network.
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Thursday 20th October 2016
Thursday 6th October 2016

The dawn of gravitational wave astronomy

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The first detection of gravitational waves announced earlier this year by the LIGO-Virgo Team has quickly been honoured with many of the most prestigious prizes in physics and science and is widely regarded as one of the scientific breakthroughs of the decade.
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Thursday 6th October 2016
Thursday 1st September 2016

Strengthening particles in superalloys – how the small can have a big influence

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Who doesn't like a good holiday? Going abroad and discovering the world is an established part of today's jet-setting culture, is for many of us part of modern life. And as jet setters, getting to our holiday destination is not supposed to take up much of our well-earned holiday time.
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Thursday 1st September 2016
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