Archive for February, 2017

Seven-planet extrasolar system discovered – an annotated infographic

February 24, 2017

We are not alone. Possibly.

Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 40 light-years away. At least three of them could harbour oceans of water, increasing the possibility they could host life.

This system has the largest number of Earth-sized planets yet found, making it a key object for future study.

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Solar eclipse in Southern Hemisphere – an annotated infographic

February 24, 2017

An annular eclipse of the sun takes place in the Southern Hemisphere on February 26, along a narrow path running through South America and Africa. In surrounding areas, people will see a partial eclipse.

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IET events this February – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

February 1, 2017



Although the UK may be facing a grey and wet start to February, the IET is giving you many reasons to don those waterproofs and get out and about this month.

Several events introducing the different levels of professional registration – and how to achieve them – are taking place across the country as well as a myriad of lectures on topics as varied as AI in gaming through to electrification in motorsport.

February sees the start of the regional UK heats for the international Present Around The World competition and there’s still time to enter, simply head to the official website to find out where your nearest competition is taking place. Plus there are also several interesting technical visits going ahead throughout the month, including a behind the scenes technical visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company and a chance to find out more about the Atlas experiment at CERN.

If you’re interested in meeting more like-minded people then why not head along to one of the social events the IET holds, such as a networking evening in Sheffield. Or if you’re after something a little more light-hearted, then check out Manchester’s golf and bowling nights out.

You can take a look at the full listings, but below are a few of our highlights for the month…


02 February, Electrification in motorsports, Coventry, seminar

02 February, Whatever next? The past, present and future of game AI, Colchester, lecture

07 February, South Yorkshire Local Network Social Evening, Sheffield, social event

08 February, Chiltern Railways Depot, Aylesbury, visit

08-09 February, Technical report writing, London, course

09 February, Backstage at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, visit
15 February, Routes to registration, Birmingham, workshop

16 February, The next big thing – the Physical Internet, Swansea, lecture

18 February, The IET Plays a Round – bowling, Manchester, social event

21 February, Lifeskills: continuing professional development (CPD), Scunthorpe, lecture

22 February, The good researcher’s guide to publishing, London, seminar

22 February, The IET Annual Dinner, London, social event

23 February, Atlas experiment at CERN, Geneva, visit

28 February, Present Around The World – Swindon heat, Lyneham, competition