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

Throughout April the IET’s Local Networks are hosting a myriad of events, covering topics as varied as VLC applications through to the consequences of Brexit on innovation in the UK. For those looking to hone their soft skills there are a number of lifeskills workshops taking place across Great Britain, but there’s also a wide variety of technical seminars and conferences if you’re looking to enhance your engineering knowledge. When it comes to technical visits you’re spoilt for choice: with engineers in Asia invited to visit sites such as the DHL Asia-Pacific Innovation Centre and Qianhai Free Trade Zone. In … Continue reading IET events this April – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

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

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Aliens abound as Americans report record #UFO sightings 70 years after Roswell – an annotated infographic

India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

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

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Formula1 #F1 2017 new rules – bigger, faster, more – an annotated infographic

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

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? Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Africa’s Kariba Dam at risk of collapse – an annotated infographic

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

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

Seven-planet extrasolar system discovered – an annotated infographic

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. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Seven-planet extrasolar system discovered – an annotated infographic