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Emergency! Is there an engineer on board?
A passenger on board a Thomas Cook flight stepped forward to fix an engineering fault. Travellers were facing an 8-hour delay on their flight home from...

Engineering disasters: Banqiao Dam
It was built to hold back almost 500 million cubic metres of water. Unfortunately one typhoon proved too much for the ‘Iron dam.’ The Banqiao Dam...

Engineering disasters: Chernobyl
In April 1986, people’s worst nightmares about nuclear energy came true. How do we make sure the same thing doesn’t happen again? In the early hours...

Engineering disasters: Hyatt Hotel Walkway
Why was a hotel allowed to open when it wasn’t structurally sound? On 17th July 1981 hundreds of people gathered in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel,...

Engineering disasters: Space Shuttle Challenger
Space Shuttle Challenger had completed nine successful flights before a catastrophic failure caused it to break apart on launch. On January 28th, 1986,...

Engineering disasters: Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Initially people thought it was funny, eventually it was disastrous. Why did the Tacoma narrows bridge sway so violently in the breeze? The Tacoma Narrows...

Help for quake victims
A massive earthquake in Peru in 2007 killed over 500 people and left another 200,000 homeless. Find out how a team of charity engineers re-built telecommunications...

Is this the world's oldest computer?
An engineer has built a working model of a computer found on a 2000-year-old shipwreck. The Antikythera Mechanism is one of the greatest puzzles for scientists...

New scanners can see deep into the past
Advanced hospital scanners have given archaeologists a glimpse into ancient Egypt. The mummified corpse of Meresamun – an ancient Egyptian singer –...

Was the Mona Lisa more cheerful?
A French engineer has used high-tech scans to show how the face of Da Vinci’s most famous painting may have looked before the artist changed his mind...

Why is routine maintenance important?
Routine maintenance can include anything from overhauling a car to checking the batteries in your smoke alarm. Find out why it is so important, and what...

Olympic engineering
At the 2012 Olympics, London will fill with the world's best athletes, sportspeople - and engineers. Find out more about why the games require an expert...

Unusual engineering
Why would you build a bridge halfway across a river? And how do you build a circuit without designing it first? Read on to find out. The Øresund Bridge...

Engineering inspired by nature
Some of the best engineering isn't done by engineers, but by the natural world. Find out how plants and animals have inspired inventions.