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The week ahead

29 October Scrapheap challenge: Construction of steam powered cars is this week's challenge in junk-yard nirvana. 5.45pm, Channel 4

30 October Equinox - the science of stress: A must see for the over stretched engineer. Probing the causes of a condition increasingly common in the early 21st century workplace. 9.00pm, Channel 4

1 November Tomorrow's World: Dr Bob Ballard, responsible for leading the team that explored the Titanic, has built a deep sea laboratory enabling researchers to gather data in previously uncharted, unmeasured ocean locations. 7.00pm, BBC1

1 November Management by diversity: New approaches to recruitment and staffing and their impact on customers and profits. 5.30pm, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London. Details, Mickey Klippel Arden, tel (020) 7637 8692. e-mail

1 November Estuarine barrages - environmental solution or problem? Seminar organised by the Pennines Hydrological Group focusing on the impact of estuarine barrages, remediation techniques for barrage impoundments subject to saline influx and processes controlling the supply of sediments and nutrients. 1.30pm-4.30pm, University of Durham Details:

2 November Repair of timber framed buildings: One day workshop in historic building conservation organised by the Weald & Downland Museum. Singleton, Chichester Details, tel (01243) 811363

9 November In business - robot wars: Not a battle between machines but between robots' protagonists and detractors. Hans Moravec, head of the department of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and Boston based IT consultant Ray Kurzweil believe computers are on the cusp of developing an intelligence that is equivalent to that of humans and welcome it. Founder of the giant Sun Microsystems IT business Bill Joy agrees that computing power is en route to being immensely powerful. But linked with advances in mechanical and genetic engineering he sees the development as far more ominous. 8.30pm, Radio 4

9 November The structural engineer's brain, myth or reality? Oxford University professor of synaptic pharmacology and television presenter Susan Greenfield delivers this year's Maitland Lecture. According to the flyer, Greenfield 'puts the sex into science'. 7.00pm, Institution of Structural Engineers, 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1 Booking required. Details, Cathy Cotton, tel (020) 7235 4535.

10 November Robot wars: Good, dirty, destructive fun. The contest sees machines called Gravedigger and Kronic the Wedgehog smashing and shoving each other into obliteration. 6.45pm, BBC2

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