Elections for the Council of the Institute

Members wishing to sit on the Council of the Institute must submit a nomination form by 3 April.

Inquiry into zero carbon homes

Members are invited to contribute to a submission to Government on the Definition of Zero Carbon Homes and Non-Domestic Buildings.

Enter online for the Student Starpack Awards

Online entry has opened for the 2009 Student Starpack Awards. The scheme, run by IOP: The Packaging Society, lets creative students turn their hands to packaging design.
Optical probe diagram

Optical probe enhanced with LED

Materials World magazine
A scanning near-field optical microscope (SNOM) integrated with a microlens and a light emitting diode (LED) could allow the SNOM to become a more routine analytical tool for high resolution materials research and optical lithography.
Minerals exploration in New South Wales, Australia

Logging while drilling in mining

Materials World magazine
Adapting a technique called logging while drilling (LWD) for use in slimhole minerals exploration will improve efficiency and cut costs in the industry, say scientists in Australia. The approach currently enables the oil industry to accumulate real-time geological and geotechnical data about the rock while drilling.