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Your Engineering Inspiration for Wednesday 19 February 2020


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In recent weeks, supplementary articles have covered: the recent discovery in Earth science of the 'bloblike features' that lurk under our feet (and their relevance to seismic activity); an overview of string theory and why it persists; speculation on how Jeff Bezos' iPhone X was hacked; and an enlightening update from the frontier of fertility technology.

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Rose Grey
Managing Editor

Last weeks's top headlines:

Next to hearing your dentist mutter “oops,” is there anything more disconcerting than hearing your surgeon say it? Perhaps not. But a new type of robot, developed by researchers at a pair of Dutch universities and put to work for...
Bioengineered tissues show promise in regenerative, precision, and personalized medicine; product development; and basic research, especially with the advent of 3D printing of biomaterials that could serve as scaffolds, or temporary structures to grow tissues. Hyaluronic acid, a natural molecule...
To some longevity acolytes, stem cells promise the secret to eternal youth. For a hefty fee, you can pay a startup to extract your own stem cells and cryogenically freeze them, in the hope that they can one day be...
Viruses are some of the most mysterious organisms on Earth. They’re among the world’s tiniest lifeforms, and because none can survive and reproduce without a host, some scientists have questioned whether they should even be considered living things. Now, scientists...
A flexible solar “skin” that could be used to generate power on homes, cars and phones is a step closer to development after the technology was used to break a world record for electricity conversion, researchers say. Engineers at the...
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Your events coming up in London and the South East:

19th February 2020-20th February 2020
RNA Therapeutics
Copthorne Tara Hotel, London (Booking and payment required)
19th February 2020, 16:00-17:00
Angry weather: How climate change is affecting extreme weather events around the world
Lecture Theatre 2, Imperial College London, South Kensington (FREE)
19th February 2020, 18:00-19:30
Conservation challenges
The Institution of Structural Engineers, London (FREE)
20th February 2020, 10:00-17:00
Earth Observation and Natural Hazards
(FREE)
20th February 2020, 13:00-14:30
Antimicrobial Resistance within Infectious and Heritable Diseases
RODH 265, Imperial College London, London (FREE)
21st February 2020, 09:00-17:30
Otto Wolff Neuroscience Symposium 2020
Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, London (FREE)
22nd February 2020, 10:00-18:00
Confronting a planet in a state of emergency
Royal Academy of Arts, London (Booking and payment required)
24th February 2020, 10:00-17:00
UK multi-agent systems symposium
The Alan Turing Institute, London (FREE but booking required)
24th February 2020, 18:30-20:00
Advanced Models for Computer Vision
B40, UCL Darwin Building, London (FREE)
25th February 2020 08:00-26th February 2020 08:00
Water Resource Management & Future Technologies: Water Recycling & Desalination
The Old Courtroom, Brighton (FREE)
25th February 2020, 08:45-19:00
CRUK City of London Centre 2020 Symposium on Cancer Biotherapeutics
Darwin Lecture Theater, London (FREE but booking required)
25th February 2020, 13:00-14:00
Recording from a myriad of neurons to understand behaviour
Darwin Lecture Theater, London (FREE)
25th February 2020, 17:45-19:00
The Artificial Intelligence Revolution
University of Roehampton, Whitelands College, London (FREE but booking required)
26th February 2020, 16:00-17:00
Nanoplasmonics instrument development for clinical diagnostics and optophysiology of cells & tissues
Imperial College London, RSM 2.28, Royal School of Mines, London (FREE)
26th February 2020, 18:00-20:30
AI and the future of work
The Alan Turing Institute, London (FREE)
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New books in your areas of interest

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
by Louise Aronson
Bio & Medical SciTech
Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America
by Anthony Ryan Hatch
Bio & Medical SciTech
A Scheme of Heaven: Astrology and the Birth of Science
by Alexander Boxer
Physical Sciences
Embracing Sufficiency
by Joseph Stadtmiller
Engineering, Environment & Energy
Chasing the Invisible: A Doctor’s Quest to Abolish the Last Unseen Cancer Cell
by Thomas Grogan MD
Bio & Medical SciTech
Talking to Robots: A Brief Guide to Our Human-Robot Futures
by David Ewing Duncan
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