Natural ventilation in buildings based on termite mounds

Materials World magazine
A team of mechanical and civil engineers at Loughborough University, UK, hopes to construct buildings that can create comfortable living conditions by extending the use of renewable forms of energy, based on the chimney-style, passive, ventilation systems created by the species of termites, Macrotermes michaelseni found in Namibia.

TechniTex Faraday helps the UK's technical textiles sector

Materials World magazine
As part of the series on the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Brian McCarthy, Director of the TechniTex Faraday, gives an overview of his organisation and its role within the network.

Review of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

Materials World magazine
The DTI has published its conclusions following a review of the implementation of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. The review involved consultations with key stakeholders, weighing up the concerns and needs of SMEs against those of larger organisations.

Spring 2006: Society for Adhesion and Adhesives One Day Symposium on 'Adhesives in Transport'

The Society for Adhesion & Adhesives
A full report on the Society for Adhesion and Adhesives one-day symposium on Adhesives in Transport .

Securing Australia's future mining workforce

Materials World magazine
Australia's minerals industry has seen the launch of numerous initiatives aimed at educating, recruiting and retaining high calibre personnel. The BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance has announced a three-year, 'Skills for Growth' package, and The Queensland Government Department of Education and Arts has launched a Minerals and Energy Academy aimed at encouraging high school pupils to take up careers in the minerals and energy sector. Rupal Mehta looks more closely at the skills shortage down under.