Category Archives: Engineering

The bridge between mechanical and civil engineers

Last night I was reminded of the fascinating world of moveable bridges. From the glorious transporter bridges of ports and river estuaries to hulking swing bridges of the New Jersey…

Image showing student in front of reactor vessel at Nuclear Island Big Rig

Build a nuclear power station in a week

It was three years ago, standing in the middle of my first Big Rig structure that I first had the idea of getting engineering students to build their own nuclear…

Human cantilever bridge demonstration. Black and white. Benjamin Baker. Forth Bridge

Building the Forth Bridge on Stage

For my first time on stage at Science Showoff back in November 2011, I decided to recreate the famous public demonstration conducted by engineer Benjamin Baker to reassure the public…

Overlooking the Barbican lake

Barbican, you were looking lovely today

Today the Barbican looked stunning. I had the feeling that with the sun shining this is how Chamberlin, Powell and Bonn’s original renders of the Barbican might have looked.

Royal Academy of Engineering, Microsoft Global Grand Challenges Summit, Think Up

Facilitating the Global Grand Challenges Student Day

Today Think Up facilitated the Global Grand Challenges Student Day at the Royal Academy of Engineering. The student day is a prelude to the main Global Grand Challenges Summit which…

Why did the Toucan cross the road?

I was cycling from Islington to Old Street this afternoon and saw a sign saying ‘Cyclists, push button for Toucan crossing’. Odd, as there weren’t any Toucans in site. Joking…

The Architecture of Pasta Shapes

I just spotted this while reading someone else’s Christmas present. “The more interesting pasta shapes, such as the shell-shaped conchiglie, or the ear-like orecchiette, didn’t just happen…Those clever twists and…