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    Biofuel not so efficient?

    The Wood Technology Society
    Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) in the USA claim that biofuel production in west coast forests actually causes more carbon dioxide to be released than it saves.
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    Forest waste turns sewage into tiles

    Wood Focus magazine
    Forest waste is being used by researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, based in Barcelona, Spain, to manufacture structural ceramics using sewage sludge.
  • bamboo roof

    Bamboo back in the frame

    Wood Focus magazine
    Marginally-engineered building techniques used in rural residential shelters are being investigated to initiate a mainstream engineering code for bamboo.
  • Hylobius abeitis (the large pine weevil)

    The weevil dead - tackling the forestry scourge

    Wood Focus magazine
    The large pine weevil is the most significant insect pest in British forestry, destroying as much as 50% of new tree plantings. Now scientists claim to have found a solution using a cocktail of microscopic nematode worms and fungi.
  • Institute of Physics Awards 2012 nominations deadline

    IOM3
    The deadline for nominations for the Institute of Physics Awards 2012 is 13 January.
  • Are small businesses benefiting from increased credit availability?

    IOM3
    The ability of small businesses to borrow money is a key to economic growth, particularly in manufacturing and engineering. Government plans are in place to increase lending to businesses, but it is being questioned whether greater credit availability is actually allowing companies to borrow more.
  • Institute's Special and Publication Awards

    IOM3
    Winners of the IOM3 2011 Special and Publication Awards were presented with their medals and prizes at an Awards Lunch at the Institute's London office
  • bamboo roof

    Bamboo back in the frame

    Materials World magazine
    Marginally-engineered building techniques used in rural residential shelters are being investigated to initiate a mainstream engineering code for bamboo.
  • Image courtesy of the University of Leeds

    Synthetic solution for biominerals

    Materials World magazine
    Synthetic crystals that mimic naturally occurring biominerals such as sea urchin spines are being fabricated in the UK. The results would assist ceramic production, and the creation of larger, less brittle structures for electronic devices.
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    Forest waste unlocks brick potential

    Clay Technology magazine
    Spanish researchers have developed a way to use human waste as an admixture in ceramics, a method that could have industrial and environmental benefits.

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