Wiring Inspections Survey and more in our August issue
Don’t miss our exclusive survey on the prevalence of life-threatening substandard wiring inspections
In today’s world that seems to be full of it, it’s not often about E&T leads on a national scandal, but this month’s coverage highlights that. The IET spends a lot of time and effort on wiring regulations, which must be followed correctly. Unfortunately, our investigation of the rare wiring inspections revealed that the inspection regime is not properly enforced. We’ll continue our exclusive investigation with more coverage online, so read our coverage story and be sure to sign up for our daily alerts.
Meanwhile, our readers’ debate about the status of engineering and engineers rumbles through the pages of letters this month as it has, according to one contributor, for half a century. Tim Donaldson writes about “moangineers” who he believes must earn their status rather than simply expect it. I think companies that incorrectly refer to their technicians as engineers continue to be a problem for the image of the profession, but that’s not going to change because the profession wants it to. Nor will it be possible to write to newspapers to ‘correct’ their use or, as one reader once suggested, to ask the Oxford English Dictionary to change the definition. The language used by journalists and the way dictionaries define meanings reflect real-world usage, not the other way around. But we also have suggestions this month for more use of “technology” or “Euring”; maybe you have other ideas? Find the debate in Letters.
How many vegans do you know? Are they fitter than you? Vegan diets are on the rise and are becoming increasingly popular in sports. As the Commonwealth Games are about to begin in Birmingham, Sarah Griffiths wonders if veganism is the recipe for sporting success. The Games’ environmental aspirations are also being scrutinized by Lindsay James, who last year assessed the Olympics’ green credentials and found them somewhat lacking. Are the Commonwealth Games greener? Or is carbon neutrality too much to expect from a global sporting event?
The long school holidays are about to begin, at least in the UK, as is the parenting challenge of keeping the children entertained. We’re here to help you with fun science and engineering activities. Neil Downie started his projects in response to the Covid lockdown in 2020, when schools were closed, but on page 46 we revive them for the holidays, and there are many more of his brilliant ideas online.
As tragic war brews in Ukraine, E&T interviews former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix. What can we learn from past wars? Also in this issue: mining metals from the seabed, generating clean energy for island communities and Helsinki’s digital twin city for geothermal energy.
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