Category Archives: humor

Engineering Innovations: The Compass

A compass is defined as a device used to determine direction on the surface of the earth. The most familiar type of compass is the magnetic compass, which relies on the fact that a magnetic object tends to align itself … Continue reading

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Engineering Innovations: Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines and Windmills are ingenious devices that are able to convert wind power into useful mechanical work. This is achieved by using turbine blades or ‘sails’, to impart a rotational force to a main shaft. This, in turn, is … Continue reading

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Engineering Innovations: Steam Power

The Aeolipile was the world’s first rotating steam engine, or more technically correct, a steam reaction turbine. It was devised by the great Heron of Alexandria in the1st Century AD. A sphere mounted on a spindle with two opposing outlet pipes for … Continue reading

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Leadership: valleys and wilderness years

Surprisingly when we delve into history and into the lives of influential leaders you start to discover that often, but not always, they have been through ‘hard times’ or ‘wilderness years’. I perceive that these can be formative times where … Continue reading

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Twistocaloric Cooling – new refrigeration technology

One fifth of global electricity consumption is from air conditioning and is a significant contributor to global warming. A more environmentally friendly development from the University of Texas has emerged and is based on twisting and untwisting fibres. The method … Continue reading

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Effectiveness of Cloth Masks against respiratory infections

Cloth masks have been used in healthcare and community settings to protect the wearer from respiratory infections for many years around the world. Masks have two functions: firstly to prevent transmission of respiratory infections from infected person (source) to another … Continue reading

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3D CAD – The Evolution Journey

3D CAD was first introduced in the 1990s and was a game changer at the time. Before this CAD was 2D and replicated traditional hand drawn engineering or archtitectural drawings on film or paper, a process that had been around … Continue reading

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A train that’s ahead by a nose !

  ALPHA-X                                                                        Maglev Trains are accepted to be less polluting than aircraft but to truly rival plane travel as a valid alternative they are being developed to go faster. In Japan they are testing the ALPHA-X which stands for Advanced … Continue reading

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Business Venture – Laurel & Hardy style !

It’s that time of year for a little light hearted fun. Please find link below to one of my favourite Laurel & Hardy short films on one of their many business ventures – selling Christmas trees ! A perfect 18 … Continue reading

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Metamaterials – world changer

In 2006 Sir John Pendry a physicist invented an ‘invisible cloak’, a nano-engineered material that could bend light waves. This heralded the the beginning of a new class of material that could manipulate the properties of light and do things … Continue reading

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