Researcher looking into a microscope

Materials in progress in higher education

Materials World magazine
This summer saw the launch of the National Subject Profile for Higher Education Programmes in Materials in the UK. In the second of a series of articles, the team behind it looks at the teaching and curricula, and how they have developed in response to the pressures of academia and the demands from industry.
The Cage System heats the surface of the mould for a higher quality injection

Heated moulds

Materials World magazine
A system for plastic injection that heats and cools the suface of the mould to enable higher quality injection using less pressure is now available from RocTool, based in Bellignat, France.
A prototype microchannelled material <br />for acoustic absorption experiments <br />in aircraft. Image courtesy of Gary Meek

Acoustic absorption in aircraft

Materials World magazine
Honeycomb-like structures within nickel-based superalloys could reduce the noise emitted from aircraft engines by trapping the sound waves and dissipating them through viscous shear.

Making UK indigenous minerals matter

Materials World magazine
The Living with Minerals 3 conference, held in London, UK, on 3 November 2008, was part of an ongoing campaign by the UK National Minerals Forum to highlight some of the difficulties facing the minerals industry in securing a licence to operate.
Nuclear repository in Dopravni, Czech Republic

Geologists explore nuclear storage

Materials World magazine
The UK is again considering underground nuclear waste storage. Delegates at an event at the Geological Society in London, UK, on 24 October, heard that site selection should be about meeting a risk target.