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Issue 85

December 2020

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  • Environment & sustainability
  • Electricals & electronics
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Charging into the future

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has collected many awards since it first left car showrooms in 2018, including its engineering team being recognised as MacRobert Award finalists. Find out about the challenges of developing the company's fist electric vehicle.

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  • Environment & sustainability
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Cleaning wastewater with algae

When a toilet is flushed, bath emptied or washing machine finishes, that wastewater needs to be treated and discharged safely into the environment. Industrial Phycology have developed a technique to use algae for purification.

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  • Health & medical
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Delivering fast-track COVID-19 vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic has compressed timelines as groups around the world race to come up with a vaccine. Typically it can take up to a decade to develop, so what were the engineering challenges of manufacturing and supplying a COVID-19 vaccine?

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  • Design & manufacturing
  • Sports & leisure
  • How does that work?
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Electric hairdryers

Invented in the 1920s, the electric hairdryer is an everyday household object that has changed significantly over the past century – and is likely to continue developing as technology evolves.

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  • Civil & structural
  • How I got here
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Q&A: Eoin O'Loughlin & Philip Turner

Eoin O’Loughlin is a fire safety engineer at Arup. Philip Turner is a mechanical building services engineer at Arup. Together they have been working on CareBox, a series of design guidelines for scalable, modular and rapid solutions to provide additional intensive care and ward beds for COVID-19 patients.

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How to keep a social distance

As COVID-19 continues to have impacts across the world, Arup has adapted its established MassMotion software to help clients reconfigure their buildings for a cautious return to work, including appropriate social distancing.

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  • Maritime & naval
  • Innovation Watch
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Traffic lights for the tide

The Holy Island Causeway Indicator is a small gadget that lights up to show visitors whether the causeway is safe at a glance, helping prevent people getting stranded due to flooding.

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  • Food & agriculture
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Intelligent weed control

Weeds can compete for light, nutrients, moisture, and space, and can often reduce crop yield and plant quality. Dr Nick Tillett, Director of Tillett and Hague Technology, discusses the advances that are allowing farmers to control weeds using less chemicals.

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  • Energy
  • Opinion
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How can the UK solve its carbon problem?

Dieter Helm CBE, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford, sets out how Britain can lead the way on climate change action and use the opportunity of the COVID-19 pandemic to meet its net-zero target by 2050.