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Neutron beam adds focus for better welds

A partnership led by WMG at the University of Warwick is using a stream of neutrons from a nuclear reactor in a project to examine safety critical welds in cars made with boron steel. Press-hardened boron steel is an ultra high-strength steel used across a variety of industries, including automotive, where it provides high strength and weight-saving potential, allowing for stronger yet lighter cars, with increased passenger safety. In the automotive industry, a major joining method for boron steel components is resistance spot welding, with several thousand welds being made on a single car. Spot welding exposes the boron steel sheet to very high temperatures, causing the metal to exceed melting temperature and then rapidly solidify on cooling. This results in a heat-affected zone,

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Toyota demonstrates human support robot

A Toyota-developed robot, designed to provide support to mobility-impaired patients within their own homes, has been taken from the lab for trials in a domestic environment. In a newly released video, the Japanese car giant shows how its so-called Human Support Robot has been used to help disabled US war veteran Romy Carmago, who was left paralysed from the neck down after being shot during his service in Afghanistan. The video demonstrates how the robot – which features an articulated arm and telescopic body – has been used to help him with routine tasks like getting a glass of water or opening the door.   Standing at just over 1m tall and weighing 37kg the robot can be controlled either via voice commands or through a tablet or other electronic device. It can also

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Raspberry Pi wins top UK engineering prize

Raspberry Pi, the UK-made microcomputer credited with inspiring a new generation of coders, has won the Royal Academy of Engineering 2017 MacRobert Award. Since its launch in 2012, around 14 million of the devices – which retails for £28 – have been sold, re-engaging people with the power of coding, and helping to ensure that future generations are equipped for the increasingly digital jobs of the future. https://youtu.be/YPDehg1pL9A The technology has also had a major and unexpected impact within industry, with over half of the devices produced used for control applications in a variety of sectors. Based in Cambridge, the organisation behind the device is run as a not for profit firm, and profits are invested in initiatives aimed at teaching people about computing. The de

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