New sports design degree

Materials World magazine
The London Metropolitan Polymer Centre, UK, has launched a new undergraduate degree programme in Sports Product Design, intended to give materials students the skills and knowledge to design sports products of the future.

Intelligent clothing with smart materials

Materials World magazine
The How Smart Are We? conference held on 15 September 2006 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, UK, and highlighted some of the technology and functionality needed for successful marketing of smart materials in textiles.

Hi-tech sail and mast system

Materials World magazine
The Maltese Falcon is a new state-of-the-art clipper yacht that combines fibre optical sensing with the world’s largest free-standing composite carbon fibre mast. Rupal Mehta reports.

Emulating the beetle’s water harvesting capabilities

Materials World magazine
Research into emulating the Stenocara beetle’s water harvesting capabilities is ongoing at MIT in the USA, in order to develop a material for potential applications harvesting water, open-air microfluidic channels and controlled drug release coatings. The wings on the beetle's back are patterned with superhydrophillic bumps on a waxy superhydrophobic background.

BTEC award in lean construction

Clay Technology magazine
The Construction Lean Improvement Programme (CLIP) has launched a BTEC level 3 advanced award in lean construction. Trainees are expected to participate in a Masterclass for at least 15 days. The sessions include lean processes, lean relationships, leadership and communications, and teamwork and team leader training.