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Brexit: UK reminded to implement EU Directive on EMF

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The EU has reminded member states that they are required to implement EU occupational health & safety directive 2013/35/EU on electromagnetic fields in national law no later than 1 July 2016. Despite the Brexit vote, it is expected that this EU Directive will be implemented in the UK. Directive 2013/35/EU defines minimum regulations for the protection of the health & ...

Women engineers needed to address skills shortage

Dawn Bonfield

UK head of a leading engineering company believes women have the potential to solve some of the world’s biggest engineering problems and address the skills shortage in the sector. On National Women in Engineering Day, the president of Bosch UK believes the internet of things (IoT) could be an opportunity to encourage more woman to be recognised for electronics system ...

Big Bang Fair wants firms to get involved in STEM promo

Camilla Barker

The Big Bang Fair is looking for companies, education institutions and show organisers to play their part in next year’s Fair, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, 15-18 March 2017. The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair brings together the STEM community in a collective effort to inspire over 70,000 young people, their teachers and parents across ...

Online course targets open source SDN development

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The Linux Foundation, the body promoting the open source software ecosystem, has introduced a new online training course for engineers who want to move into networking, with the skills necessary to manage a software-defined network (SDN) deployment. The Linux Foundation believes there is a growing need for SDN skills and it says that open source is “leading the charge in the growth of SDN ...

Internet addiction and school burnout feed each other

Excessive internet use contributes to the development of school burnout. School burnout, in turn, may lead to excessive internet use or digital addiction, according to research by the Academy of Finland. The findings show that, via school burnout, adolescents’ excessive internet use can ultimately lead to depression. Exposure to digital addiction is most likely to happen if the adolescent loses ...

Teaching of computing in schools faces big changes

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The Royal Society is commissioning a study to understand the challenges faced by teachers delivering computing and computer science and share best practice which can be adopted more widely. Professor Stephen Furber (right), from the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, will lead the research study which is part of a wider  action plan to transform computing ...

Brexit: Will industry vote for stability?

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Always wanting to be even-handed, we have been searching the electronics industry for someone who has presented an argument for Brexit. Last week, we published the pro-EU arguments from the president of the IET, but I have yet to find someone within the industry presenting the case for a vote for Brexit in June. Surely, there are good arguments both ...

Brexit threatens engineering sector, says head of the IET

Naomi Climer

Exiting the EU would be a risk to the UK’s engineering sector, warns Naomi Climer, president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The UK’s main organisation representing 100,000 engineers believes that the interests of UK engineering would be best served by remaining in the EU. “Given the considerable challenges already facing UK engineering and technology, it is difficult ...

The “Hateful Five” of PCB manufacturing


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Design done, PCB laid-out and components are sourced, but the biggest challenge is yet to come getting it manufactured. David Marrakchi describes the pitfalls to avoid You just completed your last design review, got that needed approval signature, and the finish line has never been closer, or so you think. Even after your components are sourced and your board is ...