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A growing and dangerous threat to our cyber security

Cyber crime is costing the world’s top ten economies more than $250billion per annum and UK business leaders now rate it as being among the top three corporate risks they are confronted by. As if to make the point, what better than the recent ‘WannaCry’ attack? – a cyber attack that has led to a complex world-wide investigation.

While research suggests that companies are taking the threat of cyber crime increasingly seriously this recent attack, which saw the ...

Why don’t engineering institutions link up with The Guides?

An alliance of 38 UK professional engineering organisations has called on the next government to harness the full capacity, capability and potential of the UK’s engineering talent. Ahead of the General Election, the group identified five key priorities which it believes the next government must address.

MEMS shut out by Century-old sensor

A few weeks ago, I joined a friend to see the San Jose Sharks play the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup ice hockey playoffs. At each seat, as a fan appreciation gift, the Sharks had placed a PixMob LED bracelet. When the arena lights dimmed, the bracelets started to sparkle.

'1980s technology' still going strong

Who knew pagers were still in use? The news that Vodafone is scrapping its pager service showed that it had around 1000 customers who were still using what could be considered as a legacy communications method.

Tell ‘em, tell ‘em, then tell ‘em again

A manifesto published by 38 professional institutions representing 450,000 engineers spells out to politicians what industry needs. The institutions, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, have to hope that politicians will read it, but it’s not a certainty.

Factory vulnerabilities laid bare

By this time next year, it is estimated that there will be 1.3million robots operating around the globe. Putting aside the impact this will have on the industries and people involved, researchers from cybersecurity firm Trend Micro have found that most of those robots are vulnerable to being hacked.

Wood you believe it? Compost your components!

Until the advent of the EU’s REACH and RoHS Directives, electrical and electronics manufacturers faced few restrictions on what they could use in their products. Cadmium was a popular ingredient – such as in NiCd batteries – but is now listed specifically in RoHS. Similarly, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were widely used in manufacturing processes, as well as in components, but are now restricted tightly.

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Century-old sensor wins socket

A few weeks ago, I joined a friend to see the San Jose Sharks play the Edmonton ...

Pagers still going strong

Who knew pagers were still in use? The news that Vodafone is scrapping its pager ...

Tell ‘em, then tell 'em again

A manifesto published by 38 professional institutions representing 450,000 engineers ...