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Day: October 18, 2004

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Faraday letter discovered

The Institution of Electrical Engineers has recently acquired a previously unknown letter written by Michael Faraday, acknowledged as an architect of modern day electricity, to his friend Benjamin Abbott, dated 16 May 1836. Anne Locker, IEE archivist, said: “I am very pleased

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Live cable mix-up ends in tragedy

An apprentice electrician working on a council-owned flat in Bolton was killed instantly when he touched live 246V wires from a mains supply. According to the inquest, Richard Hardgrave, of Mellor Grove, Bolton, failed to correctly test the power supply to a

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First sun-powered prison

Edinburgh Prison and the National Wildlife Centre in Liverpool are among those to receive funding for innovative solar power projects. New solar power projects across the UK are to receive government funding, energy minister Mike O'Brien announced this week. Seventeen projects were

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Death by home improvement

The daughter of Jenny Tonge, the Liberal Democrat MP, was electrocuted after builders failed to follow the IEE Wiring Regs when installing her fitted kitchen, a coroner ruled this week. Mary Wherry, 34, the mother of two young sons, is believed to

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Hunter Memorial Lecture

This year’s Hunter Memorial Lecture will take place at The IEE, Austin Court, Birmingham on 9 December 2004. The Challenge for Wind Power Generation will be presented by Professor Peter Tavner from the University of Durham. The lecture will review the technical

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