Category Archives: technology

Engineering Innovations: The Printing Press

Knowledge is power, and the invention of the mechanical movable type printing press helped spread knowledge wider and faster than ever before. German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg is credited with inventing the modern printing press around 1436, although he was not the first … 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: Succession Leadership

Succession leadership is the ability to pass on your leadership responsibility to another capable of the task. To be able to spot potential leaders to take your place, as you step down, in a smooth hand over of responsibilities confident … Continue reading

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Leadership: Perseverance under Pressure

Failure is not an option … 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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Reverse Engineering

A rather counter intuitive title for a blog, but as I have often heard ‘one has to retreat to advance’ ! Reverse engineering in essence is the design process in reverse. The need for reverse engineering arises when one has … 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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Electric Super Car Race !

>>>>>  Aston Martin                                          >>>>>>  Lotus When we think of fast electric cars we primarily think of Elon Musk’s Tesla cars, newest one being the Roadster – a direct threat to gasoline super cars. He now has stiff competition from main … Continue reading

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