Raw deal? Tackling materials and minerals shortages

Concerns about materials and minerals shortages are rife in the EU. Mattia Pellegrini, Member of the European Commission Cabinet responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, talks to Materials World about the issue.
The Levytator system uses a continuous loop of curved modules

The Levytator - escalating into a third dimension

An escalator capable of following freeform curves is the invention of Jack Levy, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at City University London, UK, who discusses the Levytator’s key features, its development and what the future holds.
speeding train

Full speed ahead - challenges for the UK high-speed railway project

As the UK embarks on an ambitious concept for a high-speed rail system, Professor Roderick Smith of the Future Rail Research Centre at Imperial College London, explores the challenges ahead.
London 2012 Olympic arena

Gearing up - the construction of the Olympic cycling velodrome

One of the most eye-catching and technically challenging arenas being built for the London 2012 Olympics is the cycling velodrome. Ruth Hopgood-Oates, Senior Engineer at Expedition Engineering, outlines the construction process.