Archive for March, 2017

#Aliens abound as Americans report record #UFO sightings 70 years after Roswell – an annotated infographic

March 14, 2017

The 1947 Roswell UFO incident took place 70 years ago this year.

Initially reported as a crashed weather balloon, it was later confirmed as a military surveillance balloon, but conspiracy theories of alien spacecraft persist and reports of UFO sightings have soared in recent years – peaking in 2014 with 8,621 reports.

The truth is still out there.

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India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

March 14, 2017

Preliminary design of India’s proposed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will begin in March, with a target of flying the aircraft in 2024 and making it ready for service as early as 2030. The twin-engine stealth warplane will likely feature an upgraded version of the General Electric F414 powerplant.

The AMCA is aimed at replacing much smaller ground attack jets such as the Mirage-2000, Jaguar and Mig-27. Russian technology includes Sukhoi stealth, active electronically scanned array or AESA radar and three-dimensional thrust vectoring for the AMCA’s engines.

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#Formula1 #F1 2017 new rules – bigger, faster, more – an annotated infographic

March 10, 2017

New rules introduced for the 2017 Formula One season will bring the biggest changes to the cars in almost two decades, with revised aerodynamics and improved grip leading to faster racing.

The Formula One World Championship commences with the Australian GP in March and concludes in Abu Dhabi in November.

The new rules focus on bodywork changes which increase aerodynamic grip, the downforce, and new tyres which provide greater mechanical grip.

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Africa’s Kariba Dam at risk of collapse – an annotated infographic

March 10, 2017

Work is underway to repair the Kariba Dam between Zambia and Zimbabwe, which is at risk of collapse due to eroding foundations.

Many problems are facing French engineering firm Razel-Bec, which is repairing the dam. The dam was first opened in 1959 and is holding back 180 billion cubic metres of water. We’d better hope the fix holds, eh?

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

March 1, 2017



There’s something for everyone this month, with lectures, technical visits, career workshops, social gatherings and competitions.

With spring just round the corner, why not make the most of the lengthening days and head along to an IET event one evening? LN diaries around the world are filling up with events – this month you’ll find things taking place from Australia and Cyprus through to Hong Kong and Israel!

During March several Lifeskills workshops are taking place across the UK, where you can improve your presentation skills and tidy up your CV, then more local heats are underway for the IET’s Present Around The World competition.

You may also be interested in some networking opportunities – as well as events aimed specifically at female engineers and those working in the renewables section, several Local Networks are hosting socials to find out more about how you can get involved.

There are also several courses on offer in March, covering topics such as commercial awareness, project management and specification writing. And finally, technical visits are planned for GKN Carbon Fibre, Tyhpoo’s tea factory and Bombardier Rail Works to name but a few, so be sure to book a place before they fill up!

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


01 March, Get involved with the IET Birmingham Network, Birmingham, social event

02 March, Introduction to bidding and tendering, London, course

04 March, Young Innovators Day, Nicosia, Exhibition

07 March, Young Professionals visit to the Romford Rail Operating Centre, Romford, visit

09 March, Typhoo Tea Factory, Wirral, visit

11 March, Robot Day and Robot Triathlon 2017, Derby, competition

11 March, Career and Professionalism Congress, Hung Hom, conference

15 March, Lifeskills – Back to basics with presenting, Cheltenham, workshop

21-22 March, Project management techniques, London, course

22 March, Lifeskills – Make an impact with your CV, Manchester, workshop

23 March, Commercial awareness for technical people, London, course

23 March, Women in engineering networking, Adelaide, social event

29 March, GKN Carbon Fibre, Bristol, visit

30 March, Specification writing, Bristol, course