Competition Feedback - August Newsletter

Inspired by the topic in the feature article; bionics, our August newsletter posed a question:  Should athletes with bionic limbs compete with able-bodied competitors? Find out the two winners and their answers.  

IDC Launches N4-N6 Engineering Programs

We are launching our N4-N6 Engineering programs in the Industrial Instrumentation, Electronic, Electrical and Mechanical disciplines in South Africa. This will be delivered using our popular ‘live’ e-learning methodology. Apply now as places will fill quickly.



Costa Concordia Follow-Up

In October last year I wrote an article entitled Plucky Engineering and Ingenuity which looked at the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster. In this short follow-up it is gratifying to report that it has been successfully towed the180 nautical mile voyage to its scrapping yard in Genoa - it arrived on the 27th July.  

Thor, Lightning and Football


Perhaps Thor, the Norse god of thunder and lightning, was making a point?  The plane carrying the Spanish national football team home from the World Cup in Brazil was struck as it approached its landing in Madrid. One may even wonder if the angry god had taken a bet on this bruised team - adding insult to injury.

Twitter, the Gateway to Valuable Info Sharing

IDC Technologies, and sister company, the Engineering Institute of Technology (online, interactive learning), have opened a gateway to technical info sharing by joining Twitter!


Google's Self Driving Car


Google's Self Driving Car Development. Watch volunteers in a short video, take a ride in Mountain View, California.

Constructive and Creative Chemical Engineers

As within all fields of engineering, chemical engineers have had to be enormously adaptive over time. Ballooning world populations and an overarching need to sustain life in an ever-changing world, have driven chemical engineers to become, by necessity, chemically inventive.


Ambition, Courage and Focus

Characteristics that, hand-in-hand, build dreams and goals - As the year moves relentlessly towards summer or winter (depending on your hemisphere) our aspirations and new-ish resolutions can become somewhat blurry and perhaps a little ‘bendy’. Flexibility is commendable, but not if it deflects us from attaining our 2014 objectives. It is well worth refocussing because to regret is distressing.

The Doppler Effect and Recent Events


The Austrian physicist, Christian Doppler, would have been flabbergasted.  In 1842, when human flight was in its infancy he proposed a theory, now known as the Doppler Effect or Shift. And yet it is this Effect which has provided a key to a recent mystery, the loss of Malaysian Flight 370 and its hapless passengers and crew.

Genius no match for the Law

Alan Turing’s life began at just the right time, but also a little too early. This is an appropriately enigmatic opening for an article dedicated to a man who successfully ‘cracked’ the German Enigma machine. Yet his sexuality and the laws of the time appear to be responsible for his premature death.