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Coming up - research and development in 2012

What does 2012 hold for R&D in the materials science arena? People from across the industry give their views.
Fred Starr

Driving me crazy - the engineering issues behind the decline of the car industry

Fred Starr recollects some of the engineering and materials failures with British cars.
stylised graphic of Brooklyn suspension bridge

Viewpoint: Failure follows success - failure in design engineering

Professor Henry Petroski of Duke University, USA, discusses the significance of failure in design engineering.
timber blocks

Materials through the ages: Structural material for housing

In this new series, Maria Felice illustrates how advances in materials science have contributed to the development of everyday objects.