Patent of the month: conjoined joints

Hybrid manufacturing helps to form joints between dissimilar materials. Dr Jennifer Unsworth, Patent Attorney at intellectual property law firm Withers and Rogers, reports.

Contamination lead

Research has shown that black plastic components made from recycled electrical equipment introduce lead into food-contact items.

Dreadnoughts dominate MoD budget

Khai Trung Le looks at the new submarines bolstering the UK nuclear arsenal, and recent issues that may jeopardise their deployment.

New composites from invasive species

A new composite merging wood pulp and dried tunicates seeks to emulate the mechanical properties of natural composites. Khai Trung Le reports.

Church and university speak out against the North Sea

Following dissent from the University of Edinburgh and the Church of Scotland, Khai Trung Le looks at support for the North Sea within the country.