Drilling results

The training benefits and positive experience gained by companies employing the Land Drilling NVQ are described. The NVQ is a properly structured training program that takes place on site and looks at health and safety and best practice.

Interactive materials

Materials Interactive is a CD-ROM resource tool covering subjects ranging from cameras and drinks bottles to football boots. Aimed at 14-19 year-old students, the package can be used by teachers and professionals to promote materials science, or by students to learn about the diverse fields affected by materials science.

Materials KTN and SMART.mat launch

The Materials KTN was launched on 19 January 2006 at the Science Museum, London, UK, and will bring together industry and research expertise to provide a one-stop shop for materials advice to UK industry. SMART.mat, a new DTI initiative to help industry to exploit ‘smart' technology, was launched at the same event.

Tunnel vision

Researchers from Surrey University, UK, have developed a quantum electronic device made from nanometre-thick layers of amorphous carbon which exhibit a decrease in current beyond a certain voltage, or a negative resistance. The work could lead to low-cost switching applications for use in panel displays or mobile phones.

Tyred out

Mining companies are reporting critical shortages of large, off-the-road tyres. The problem is affecting operations worldwide and is driven by the high demand for commodities of all types that are being consumed at ever-increasing rates and prices, with China leading the way.