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Speck savers: new generation nanomaterials are difficult about vibration and heat and often need upgraded dean room facilities. Dec 1, 2012 1638
Ringing endorsements: telecoms testing equipment giant Aeroflex is sponsoring two UK University research labs - with no strings attached. Oct 1, 2012 1667
Air of certainty: new methods of sensing and collecting air pollution data are being trialled at Heathrow Airport and could have wide implications. Aug 1, 2012 1570
Material gains: textile equipment company Shelton turned its focus to vision systems and found a lucrative market for its systems. Nov 1, 2011 729
To the last drop: new seismic sensing techniques enable oil companies to discover hidden reserves beneath the rocks under the North Sea with pinpoint accuracy. Nov 1, 2011 762
Mind over matter: a project to use the electrical signals within the brain to create music could lead to new forms of control system. Aug 1, 2011 808
cleared for take-off: electronic devices such as mobile phones are currently prohibited from use on passenger flights. But that could be about to change. Aug 1, 2011 1540
Circuit train: the UK's electronics industry competes on technology rather than price, and that puts extra emphasis on its testing routines. Aug 1, 2011 1523
Ruling the waves: the maker of the Pelamis wave energy device aims to prove the sceptics wrong through a rigorous testing regime on its second generation generator. Aug 1, 2011 738
On their mettle: sensors that can identify valuable copper in a mass of scrap metal are helping to automate one of the trickiest recycling tasks. May 1, 2011 760
All together now: a surge in demand from aerospace firms has led test and certification company Trac to bring all its EMC work together on to a new site. May 1, 2011 730
Snap judgements: aerospace composites offer many benefits, but a tendency to break without warning limits their uptake. Research projects aim to find out why this happens. May 1, 2011 798
Earth science: expensive ideas for capturing and storing carbon dioxide in submarine caverns may have overlooked a simpler option. Perhaps the answer lies in the soil. May 1, 2011 1573
Skin deep: scanning technology from industry has a new use: looking into human skin to catch signs of cancer early. Feb 1, 2011 814
Slick operation: the new technology of metabonomics aims to get detailed data about patient metabolism analysed fast and into the hands of the surgeons. Feb 1, 2011 1442
Ground force: after a long development period, the UK's first large-scale geothermal projects are set to start this year in the west country. Feb 1, 2011 1526
The wheel thing: the Bloodhound SSC is intended to be the world's first car to do 1,000mph. So how do you ensure that its wheels will be up to it? Dec 1, 2010 1405
Under the skin: data acquisition from inside the human body without surgery is the subject of innovative research projects. Dec 1, 2010 1512
A matter of life and death; there could be tragic consequences if electromagnetism interfered with medical equipment in a hospital. So sensible precautions have to be taken. Jun 1, 2010 1136
Breathe in: A network of automatic stations monitors levels of air pollution around the country - and the readings are relayed to the web for all to see. Jun 1, 2010 1146
Optical sensors track corrosion in concrete: Neil Wilks profiles work that could lead to early-warning systems for major structures. Mar 1, 2010 598
Access all areas; Neil Wilks talks to the Research centre in non-destructive evaluation to discover how its work differs from conventional NDT. Interview Mar 1, 2010 1050
Model aircraft; UAVs may not have a pilot but as Neil Wilks discovered they undergo the same stresses and strains as any other military aircraft, though the methods of testing vary from clocking up a huge number of qualification flights to combining a wealth of past data with modern computer modelling and finite element analysis. Mar 1, 2010 999
Cleared for take-off: The foreplane of the Eurofighter Typhoon undergoes lengthy and rigorous testing during manufacture. Neil Wilks explains the process. Mar 1, 2010 1011
Innovate or die: product development in a wide range of industries, from aerospace to wind power, means a healthy workload for one UK test house. Dec 1, 2009 1136
Now hear this! the results of acoustic testing work help architects to design buildings that keep noises at just the right level. Neil Wilks explains. Dec 1, 2009 956
Earthquake zone: tremors below ground in Bristol are being used to help design buildings and equipment better able to withstand the forces of nature. Dec 1, 2009 1438
Stranger than friction: researchers have been getting touchy feely to examine how people's fingers get a grip. Sep 22, 2009 1187
When lightning strikes: special measures are needed to ensure that electromagnetic compatibility is up to scratch in aeroplanes built using a high proportion of composite materials. Sep 22, 2009 1030
All fired up: a specialist testing team makes sure that power stations burning biomass keep their emissions to a minimum. Report Sep 22, 2009 1189
Subtle sounds: some cars roar and others purr. Researchers at Southampton University are helping carmakers to produce refined sounds customised for each of their models. Jun 22, 2009 1171
When the wind blows: Neil Wilks describes the wind tunnel work that takes place at BAE, testing designs or future aircraft and missiles. Jun 22, 2009 1185
Virtual flight: simulations are being developed to test the electromagnetic performance of aircraft components. The aim is to prepare new designs for flight more quickly and economically. Jun 22, 2009 986
Windy city: vertical-axis wind turbines are reckoned to be the best design to use for power generation in urban areas. Neil Wilks reports on research being done on noise and vibration issues. Cover story Mar 1, 2009 1164
All shook up: dealing with excessive vibrations in space is a difficult challenge that only a few experts can handle. Neil Wilks talks to two of them. Mar 1, 2009 1018
Stomp: it's hard to avoid vibration problems in ever taller buildings with big floor spans. But testing and measuring can help in the development of better building standards. Mar 1, 2009 1191
Natural selection: Neil Wilks investigates the degree to which smart materials that react to their surroundings could form the basis of new types of sensor. Jun 1, 2008 1494

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