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  • 15 Terrifying Bridges People Actually Use

    05/15/2014 5:50:48 PM PDT · by kingattax · 94 replies
    To paraphrase “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams, “the goal of every good engineer is to do very little in their careers, and if you must build something, just hope it doesn’t hurt anyone.” Of course, that’s selling short some very talented engineers who should be given great credit for figuring out innovative ways of getting us to cross previously un-crossable terrain like large bodies of water or deep, deep canyons. If they and their team did their job right, they’ve created something that stands the test of time. But there are other structures that most of us agree could have used...
  • The 'Fairness' Fraud

    02/24/2014 9:35:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2-25-14 | Thomas Sowell
    It seems as if, everywhere you turn these days, there are studies claiming to show that America has lost its upward mobility for people born in the lower socioeconomic levels. But there is a sharp difference between upward "mobility," defined as an opportunity to rise, and mobility defined as actually having risen. That distinction is seldom even mentioned in most of the studies. It is as if everybody is chomping at the bit to get ahead, and the ones that don't rise have been stopped by "barriers" created by "society." When statistics show that sons of high school dropouts don't...
  • NO shortage of high-tech workers, not enough jobs: Amnesty: Not Just for Low-Skilled Workers?

    02/24/2014 6:07:03 AM PST · by Moseley · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Amnesty is being driven, among others, by big businesses claiming they cannot hire enough high-tech professionals. These are (or posture as) major donors to members of Congress. So these businesses are twisting arms on Capitol Hill. The compromise is that Democrats get amnesty for illegal aliens if business gets more high-tech foreign workers. However, in fact, there is no shortage of high-tech professionals in the USA. Businesses do not need immigration reform. On August 30, 2013, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers published a review of this question in its journal Spectrum, titled "The STEM Crisis Is a Myth."...
  • Sabotage may have started Three Mile Island accident

    01/19/2014 10:12:01 AM PST · by Pontiac · 34 replies
    ATOMIC INSIGHTS ^ | 1/18/2014 | Rod Adams
    Updated (Jan 19, 2014 at 01:45 am) The pattern is not completely clear, and there are pieces missing from the puzzle, but I have found enough bits of evidence to convince me that it is more likely than not that someone purposely initiated the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident. This is a difficult story to tell; it’s not easy to revise history. It’s even harder to it successfully when there is sure to be disbelief, dismissal, and efforts to discredit. I prefer being respected and strive to avoid the potential of being marginalized as a crackpot. However, I feel a...
  • The Talent Gap: Finding Skilled Workers Isn't Easy

    07/25/2013 3:24:17 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 44 replies
    Grainger Newsletter ^ | 25 July 2013 | Grainger.Com
    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a current unemployment rate of around 9%. So how is it with roughly 12.8 million people out of work, there are still so many jobs going unfilled? A recent report by Deloitte for the Manufacturing Institute which was based on a survey of manufacturers, found that as many as 600,000 jobs are going unfilled. “High unemployment is not making it easier to fill positions, particularly in the areas of skilled production and production support,” the Deloitte report found. There is a growing talent gap between skilled jobs in the trades and trained...
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg: America Needs to Produce More Engineers

    07/25/2013 8:52:12 AM PDT · by cicero2k · 72 replies
    Business Intelligence ^ | Today | Jim Edwards
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got political on his Q2 2013 earnings call yesterday, criticizing America for not producing enough talented engineers for him to recruit.
  • Should Colleges Charge Engineering Majors More Than English Majors?

    07/05/2013 7:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 07/05/2013 | Jordan Weissman
    Classes in engineering and the sciences eat up a disproportionate portion of college resources. But schools that charge students a premium to study them might be making mistake. Imagine opening a restaurant menu and finding that every dish, from the steak frites to frisse salad, costs $14.99. It would seem odd, right? After all, buying and cooking a ribeye is more expensive than throwing some lettuce in a bowl. Charging the same for each wouldn't make sense. Yet, that's pretty much how most colleges price their majors. Undergrads pay the same flat rate per credit no matter what they study,...
  • The Municipal Organ

    07/02/2013 7:00:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Atlantic City Organ Society ^ | 7-2-13 | Vic Ferrer
    Link Only https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh25I6Br9qU&feature=youtube_gdata_player This is a chapter entitled "The Municipal Organ" from the documentary film "The Senator's Masterpiece" about the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ. For more information about The Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ please visit http://www.ACCHOS.org. For more information on the preservation of America's historic pipe organs please visit http://www.organsociety.org. For more information about the filmmaker please visit http://www.VicFerrerProductions.com © 2006 Vic Ferrer Productions http://www.BoardwalkPipes.com http://www.ExpositionOrgan.org
  • Cooling panel sends excess heat back into outer space (Eliminate A/C? Power companies won't like)

    04/16/2013 7:41:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Venturebeat Green ^ | April 15, 2013 | Chitra Rakesh
    Scientists have found a way to cool houses without air conditioning — and without using any power at all. Shanhui Fan, professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University, and graduate students, Aaswath Raman, and Eden Rephaeli, are working on a cooling panel that could possibly replace your air conditioner. How? By radiating the vast majority of incoming sunlight into the outside world. “The structure basically does two things: It radiates the heat out in the atmosphere into outer space, and the device reflects sunlight to ensure that the sunlight does not heat up the device itself,” explained professor Fan, a...
  • 1911: Chester E. McDuffee’s Patented Diving Suit (PHOTO)

    01/21/2013 6:12:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Rebreather Site ^ | The Rebreather Site
    1911: Chester E. McDuffee’s patented diving suit The suit of Chester E. Macduffee is a fantastic suit to see. Although Macduffee patented 4 inventions and pictures of the actual diving suit are still available it is very strange nothing could be found about the inventor. In the book from Hermann Stelzner there are some references to Macduffee. The name of the inventor is often written in different ways. Stelzner calls him Macduff. He is also called McDuffie – MacDuffie – MacDuffy – Macduffie but the true name of the man was Macduffee. Stelzner wrote: Macduffs ADS was tested in 1915...
  • Retro-Engineering: Photos of 1967 General Electric 'Hardiman' Electric Exoskeleton

    01/15/2013 7:18:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Cybernetic Zoo ^ | 1967 | Cybernetic Zoo
    G.E. Hardiman I – Ralph Mosher (American) Hardiman is a name derived somehow, from "Human Augmentation Research and Development Investigation." and Man from MANipulator. Sometimes written as HardiMan, Hardi-Man, Hardi Man, Hardiman I. Said to also be officially called the "Powered Exo-skeleton." Note: some reports suggest that only one arm of Hardiman's was built. The above photo usually accompanies that comment, but it is incorrect. A complete Hardiman was built with both arms, but the comment refers to the earlier tests of just the single, upper manipulator. Later, even when the full machine was built, one side was made static,...
  • FRiendly advice humbly requested: regarding a young engineer.

    09/28/2012 6:55:00 AM PDT · by golux · 53 replies
    Vanity. | 09/28/12 | golux
    Dear FRiend, happy Friday. I am generally averse to vanity 'appeals' but... I need some advice, and maybe some help. I have for some time been somewhat of a mentor to an extremely bright, diligent, young Christian man who will soon be taking a bachelors degree in engineering - specialty: aerospace - from a fairly prestigious college. His grades are very good. He is a VERY hard working and bright man who has consistently taken the 'higher path' in his personal, family, and academic life. He overcame considerable adversity to become a star football player with great grades in high...
  • (Great Scott!) The DeLorean Returns Back from the Future as a Monster Truck

    07/13/2012 8:36:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    DVICE ^ | Friday the 13th, July 2012 | Raymond Wong
    The DeLorean returns back from the future as a monster truck If Marty McFly and Doc Brown were ever to reunite for a sequel to Back to the Future III, the old time traveling DeLorean would need an upgrade of some sort to justify the ticket. How about adding 44-inch tires to a DeLorean and converting it into a monster truck? That'll do! While the DeLorean Motor Company is busy producing electric DeLoreans for a 2013 release, one DeLorean easily bested all others at the 2012 DeLorean Car Show & Convention in Orlando, Florida. What you have here is a...
  • 400 Harvard Business And Political Leaders Discuss "PATHS FORWARD" In DC

    06/28/2012 2:30:19 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | June 2012 | Harvard Business School
    (Paraphrasing) 400 Harvard business and political leaders plan the "PATHS FORWARD" initiative in DC to educate and indoctrinate the non-elite. Management, labor, government, and academia demand Obama step up his efforts to control our lives and the economy. For more than a century, global observers have considered the US to be awesome, but really we suck. Lefties join Harvard BS in a discussion about the next steps to change America. Panelists include AFL-CIO leaders, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and the founder of Politico. For members of the media interested in attending, it already happened, but you can read the executive...
  • Old Photos of the Statue of Liberty Standing in Paris Were Extraordinarily Surreal

    06/21/2012 7:04:20 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    IO9 ^ | June 21, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    Old photos of the Statue of Liberty standing in Paris were extraordinarily surreal In science fiction filmdom, the destruction of the Statue of Liberty is merely a sign that the carnage is chugging along at a steady tack. But reality provides some equally strange views of Lady Liberty, particularly when she was under construction in Paris during the mid-1880s. Here are some curious photographs of this iconic Statue in various states of disarray. The Statue of Liberty was supposed to be a centennial gift from France to the United States, but funding difficulties waylaid the project for almost a decade....
  • Debunking fracking myths(hydraulic fracturing for oil & natural gas)

    04/28/2012 4:47:17 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 7 replies
    eetweb.com ^ | Apr 09, 2012 | Robert W. Chase
    Fracking, a slang term for hydraulic fracturing, is a mining procedure that fractures rocks by injecting fluids and sand into cracks to force them apart, making it easier to extract oil and natural gas. Some say it can pollute drinking water and farm lands and even lead to earthquakes. But Robert W. Chase, professor and chairman of the Dept. of Petroleum Engineering and Geology at Marietta College (Ohio), believes otherwise. In fact, he took the time to shed some light on recent myths about fracking that have sprung up. Myth No. 1: Fracking could contaminate aquifers that supply drinking water....
  • Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours

    04/20/2012 7:42:53 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 48 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 18, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Real-life Futurama tube-transport will catapult you from New York to Beijing in 2 hours The Simpsons have the monorail. Futurama has the Tube Transport System. The difference is that tube-transport is a fantasy — at least for now. The folks at ET3 want to make what they call "Evacuated Tube Transport" a reality. Their proposed maglev system would be capable of propelling six-person-capacity cylinders to speeds of over 4000 miles per hour, making it possible for people to travel from New York to L.A. in just 45 minutes, or from New York to Beijing in two hours. What's more, ET3...
  • How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change(YGTBSM)

    03/12/2012 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Mar 12 2012 | Ross Andersen
    The threat of global climate change has prompted us to redesign many of our technologies to be more energy-efficient. From lightweight hybrid cars to long-lasting LED's, engineers have made well-known products smaller and less wasteful. But tinkering with our tools will only get us so far, because however smart our technologies become, the human body has its own ecological footprint, and there are more of them than ever before. So, some scholars are asking, what if we could engineer human beings to be more energy efficient? A new paper to be published in Ethics, Policy & Environment proposes a series...
  • Why You Never Hear About World-Altering Inventions Created by Committee

    03/01/2012 3:43:42 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 26 replies · 4+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | March 1, 2012 | Gizmodo
    Modern corporate culture is in L-O-V-E, love with meetings (and any opportunity to engage in groupthink). But if you look back, history's real intellectual heavyweights weren't "team players." Intellectual giants like DaVinci, Einstein, and even Steve Wozniak, all developed their best works in near solitude. Quiet, by Susan Cain, examines why the world's best thinkers have usually been lone wolves. March 5, 1975. A cold and drizzly evening in Menlo Park, California. Thirty unprepossessing-looking engineers gather in the garage of an unemployed colleague named Gordon French. They call themselves the Homebrew Computer Club, and this is their first meeting. Their...
  • UW student wins top Innovation Days prize for prosthetic hand

    02/11/2012 4:13:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Daydreaming during class paid off for UW-Madison student Eric Ronning. He won $11,250 on Friday at UW-Madison's annual Innovation Days for an invention he came up with during an engineering lecture. "I space out a lot," Ronning admitted, a sophomore from Lincolnwood, Ill., who is majoring in mechanical engineering. His invention, called the Manu Print, is an inexpensive prosthetic hand for amputees in developing countries. He said the prototype he created used only $20 of material. Other prosthetic hands on the market cost more than $1,000. More than $27,000 in prizes are awarded at Innovation Days, which is in its...
  • Hiring....Engineering....Jobs....in Washington State...

    02/02/2012 7:30:21 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 8 replies
    My husband ^ | 2/2/12 | Me
    If you are experienced in pulp & paper engineering type of work, there is hiring going on in Vancouver, WA - minimal travel. For more info, let me know.
  • Philippine military 'kills three wanted militants'

    02/02/2012 5:51:15 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 Feb 2012 | Wire
    The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. The air raid took place on Thursday in an area known as a militant stronghold. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed. Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, or Marwan, who was on the US FBI's most wanted list with a $5m (£3.2m) reward offered for his capture, was reported killed. According to the military, the militants were killed in the town of Parang on Jolo island,...
  • Want a Guaranteed Job After College? Study This

    01/21/2012 7:59:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 01/20/2012 | Kirsten Hayes
    While millions of college grads look forlornly into the worst U.S. job market in decades, Emily Woner pretty much guaranteed herself one of America's best-paid post-graduate jobs before she ever set foot on campus. Spurred by an early interest in following her father's footsteps into the oil sector, Woner secured a post-high school internship with Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. After summers spent riding seismic trucks in the Barnett shale, designing water pipelines in east Texas and helping model oil reservoirs in Wyoming, she's now a 22-year-old senior at the University of Tulsa waiting to take a job in one...
  • The Inspiring, Nerdy Toys of A.C. Gilbert

    12/25/2011 2:56:00 AM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Scientific American ^ | December 24th, 2011 | Rose Eveleth
    Before video games and robotics competitions, toys were much simpler: girls got dolls; boys got model trains and bicycles. Toys that promoted learning and experimentation were rare until one inventor, Alfred Carlton (“A. C.”) Gilbert, started making toys that taught children about science and engineering. His most famous, the Erector set, became one of the best -selling toys of its day and inspired children across the country to build everything from bridges to robots. Gilbert was a man of many talents. He financed his medical degree from Yale University by working as a magician, invented the pole-vaulting box and won...
  • Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard)

    11/04/2011 1:57:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 2+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 4, 2011 | CHRISTOPHER DREW
    LAST FALL, President Obama threw what was billed as the first White House Science Fair, a photo op in the gilt-mirrored State Dining Room. He tested a steering wheel designed by middle schoolers to detect distracted driving and peeked inside a robot that plays soccer. It was meant as an inspirational moment: children, science is fun; work harder. Politicians and educators have been wringing their hands for years over test scores showing American students falling behind their counterparts in Slovenia and Singapore. How will the United States stack up against global rivals in innovation? The president and industry groups have...
  • Capturing an asteroid into Earth orbit

    08/25/2011 10:03:57 AM PDT · by BobZimmerman · 54 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | August 26, 2011 | Robert Zimmerman
    Want to mine an asteroid? Rather than travel to it with all their mining equipment, three Chinese scientists have proposed a better way. In a paper published today on the Los Alamos astro-ph preprint website, they have calculated the energy required to shift the orbits of the six thousand near-Earth asteroids and place them in Earth orbit for later mining. Of these, they found 46 asteroids that had the potential for such an operation, and two likely candidates for a space mission. One 30-foot-wide asteroid, 2008EA9, will actually be in the right place for this technique in 2049.
  • Federal Speed Traps

    06/02/2011 5:19:20 AM PDT · by relictele · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01 Jun 2011 | Unsigned Editorial
    Millions hit the road to be with family and friends for barbecues and other outdoor activities on Memorial Day weekend. It’s no coincidence that police around the country were staked out on the side of the road in anticipation. That’s because the federal government encourages states to shake down travelers who pose no threat to others.
  • Volvo helps pioneer 'hands-free' driving

    04/18/2011 9:01:13 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 56 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 04/18/2011 | Geoff Mortimore
    Swedish carmaker Volvo wants to let drivers kick back, take their hands off the wheel, and catch up on a little TV while barreling down the motorway, all in the name of improving road safety, The Local's Geoff Mortimore explains. Have you ever thought how nice it would be during those long motorway drives through Sweden if you could take your hands off the wheel, put your feet up, perhaps watch some TV, or surf the web? As it turns out, the day when "driving" without keeping your eyes on the road may be possible sooner than previously thought thanks...
  • Fukushima Dai-Ichi: How A Nuclear Power Plant Works [Added: MIT NSE Nuclear Information Hub]

    03/14/2011 9:13:57 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies
    akihabaranews ^ | March 14th,2011 at 8:52 AM | Editors
    Japan being a major player in the constantly improved development in health and safety for it’s millions of inhabitants, clearly has more than one trick up it’s sleeve to make sure IF disaster hits the spot, that the people are as safe as possible. Unfortunately a tsunami + an 8.9 earthquake is just a bit to huge for even the most water tight evacuation plan out there. The Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor buildings located closely to the epicenter of the quake are under constant monitorring and everything possible is done to make sure IF radioactive substances hit the air, the...
  • Sweden deploys vintage trains to battle the snow

    01/02/2011 10:36:49 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 45 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 12/27/2010 | TT/The Local/pvs
    The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has turned to antique rolling stock to boost resources battling the snow and to clear a stretch of track in southern Sweden, according to a report by Sveriges Television (SVT). The trains, old DA locomotives normally resident in the Swedish Railway Museum in Gävle in northern Sweden, have been dusted off and put back into service to clear the tracks of snow between Mjölby and Alvesta in southern Sweden. Furthermore a 100-year-old snowplough is in place alongside the tracks in nearby Nässjö, ready to be called into action if needed. "These are made of stern...
  • Pratt and Whitney F135 STOVL Successfully Completed Rigorous Thermal Testing

    11/18/2010 11:11:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    The Plane News ^ | 11/17/2010 | Gil
    The Pratt & Whitney F135 short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant propulsion system took one more step toward government certification recently with the successful completion of one of the most rigorous, demanding tests in the entire qualification program. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp.company. The high temperature margin test which took place at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tennessee involves intentionally running the engine to turbine temperatures beyond design conditions while simultaneously operating the turbomachinery at or above 100 percent of design conditions
  • For those going to College: Engineering, Computer-Science Pay More Than Liberal Arts

    11/04/2010 9:14:31 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 76 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/25/2010 | Joe Light
    The starting pay of certain liberal arts majors generally clocks in well below that of graduates in engineering fields, according to a Wall Street Journal study. Graduates with engineering degrees earned average starting pay of $56,000 in their first full-time jobs out of college, topping other majors. Communications and English majors only earned $34,000 in their first jobs. The survey, which was conducted by PayScale.com between April and June of this year, was answered by about 11,000 people who graduated between 1999 and 2010. The reported starting pay was adjusted for inflation to make the salaries of graduates from different...
  • Powering Up (Israeli company makes dramatic improvement in jet engine design)

    09/13/2010 11:12:15 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 19 replies
    The Economist ^ | Sept 2, 2010 | Unk
    Snip ----- Jet engines rely on Isaac Newton’s third law of motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When a jet is running, a compressor at the front draws in air and compresses it (see illustration). This air is guided and diffused by static blades to allow for easier ignition when it is mixed with fuel and ignited in a combustion chamber. The reaction comes in the form of rapidly expanding hot gases, which blast out of the rear of the jet and thus drive the aircraft forward. As they do so, they pass through another...
  • STEM Support Doesn’t Compute

    08/19/2010 7:47:44 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 19, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Those who most loudly proclaim the need for qualified math and science teachers are literally being challenged on how much they value science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “Despite the fact that Washington’s Legislature and Governor last session passed a law (House Bill 2621) intending to accelerate the teaching and learning of math and science, the system is hardwired to do the opposite,” the Center for Reinventing Public Education found. “In a new analysis from the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), researchers demonstrate that the average pay for math and science teachers in Washington state lags behind...
  • A Cheap, Fast Way to Write Nanoscale Patterns

    08/06/2010 9:33:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | August 6, 2010 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge Image Hybrid. A new nanopatterning technique combines the advantages of near-field microscopy with photolithography. Credit: Mirkin Group/International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University Today's microchips, communications gear, and medical diagnostics are typically made by writing nanoscale patterns over large areas of silicon wafers and other high-tech materials. The process is either extremely expensive or painfully slow, however. Now scientists have come up with a hybrid approach that could offer researchers a way to craft prototype nanoscale devices quickly and cheaply, speeding up the already blistering pace of developments in the field. The standard computer chip–patterning technique, called photolithography, works...
  • A dam big project: Incredible images of construction work on 1,900ft-long Hoover Bridge

    07/25/2010 1:31:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 25 July 2010
    It is one of the planet's newest awe-inspiring superstructures - the Hoover Dam Bridge. Now the giant construction project which is on schedule to be completed in September can be seen in all its glory in a series of stunning photographs. Twelve years in planning and five years under construction, the development - known officially as the 'Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge' - is finally taking shape.
  • Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit

    06/25/2010 3:42:17 AM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-obama-and-president-medvedev-russia-us-russia-business-summit Home • Briefing Room • Speeches & Remarks The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 24, 2010 Remarks by President Obama and President Medvedev of Russia at the U.S.-Russia Business Summit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 3:08 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with my friend and partner, President Medvedev, and I want to thank him again for his leadership, especially his vision for an innovative Russia that’s modernizing its economy, including deeper economic ties between our...
  • Major progress on Devil's Slide tunnel

    06/19/2010 10:38:58 AM PDT · by thecodont · 11 replies · 539+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Saturday, June 19, 2010 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Even on the most idyllic sunny day on the San Mateo County coast, it's chilly, dark, dusty, muddy and noisy deep inside San Pedro Mountain, where construction crews are digging twin tunnels to carry traffic around Devil's Slide. But despite the gloomy atmosphere, workers are making major progress on the $325 million tunnel project, which includes a pair of arched bridges and an operations center. The buildings and the bridges are finished, and the tunnel diggers are expected to bust through the north end of the mountain by this fall. A little more than a year later, the finished tunnel...
  • Fancy a ride in my Lambor-teeny? Chinese lorry driver spends a year building

    06/07/2010 3:38:48 PM PDT · by traumer · 24 replies · 79+ views
    Owning a Lamborghini supercar is the stuff of dreams for most young men, wherever they live. And if you happen to be a twentysomething lorry driver from rural China, that dream would seem all the more unattainable. But that fact only served to spur on 25-year-old Chen Jinmiao. Realising he would never earn enough money to buy the real thing, Chen decided to build his own. A year and the equivalent of £2,000 building later, he had his very own 'Lamborghini'. And Chen is more than happy with his replica of the famous Italian sports marque - even if its...
  • German industry orders jump (2.8%), dwarf (0.2%) forecast

    06/07/2010 4:08:38 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 6 replies · 38+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6-6-2010 | Reuters
    BERLIN, June 7 (Reuters) - German industrial orders jumped far more than expected in April, with suggestions of a rise in investment adding to signs Europe's largest economy is on the path to durable growth. Demand for intermediate and capital goods pushed orders up 2.8 percent on the month, the Economy Ministry said. The gain beat the mid-range forecast in a Reuters poll of 39 economists for a 0.2-percent rise. ECONDE Analysts said the European debt crisis had weighed on orders from the euro zone, which were down one percent, but a weaker euro was likely to bolster demand from...
  • Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile

    05/11/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by pissant · 16 replies · 404+ views
    ABC ^ | 5/11/10 | Pierre Thomas
    A Pakistani man was detained at the U.S. Embassy in Chile yesterday after field tests detected explosive residue on his hands and personal items, the State Department said today. A U.S. official tells ABC News the man had been recently added to a U.S. terror watch list, and as a result his U.S. visa was in the process of being revoked. In accordance with U.S. law, the man had been notified of the intention to revoke his U.S. visa and he was at the embassy to discuss the matter.
  • The Perennial Conundum -- The Reluctance of Institutions to Listen

    05/11/2010 12:44:30 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 5 replies · 123+ views
    The Peripatetic Philosopher ^ | May 9, 2010 | Dr. James R. Fisher, Jr.
    WILLIAM L. LIVINGSTON, IV’s DESIGN FOR PREVENTION – AND THE OILRIG DISASTER IN THE GULF OF MEXICO James R. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D. © May 9, 2010 “The Design for Prevention is the engineering process. The engineering process is the assault on complexity. Any method, to be a method, is defined apriority (i.e., presumed), before deployment. A goal-seeking method is composed of tasks; each task goal-seeking as well. What goes in is specified as well as what is to take place. What comes out to feed and trigger the on following task meets specifications. The D4P is a fundamental problem-solving strategy,...
  • Engineering Grads Earn The Most

    03/13/2010 5:59:10 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 160 replies · 2,324+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 12, 2010 | Joe Walker
    New college graduates may be entering the worst job market in decades, but there are still some majors that pay off—and all of them are in the applied sciences. A new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers finds that eight of the top 10 best-paid majors are in engineering, with petroleum engineering topping off the list at $86,220. "Petroleum engineering has been at the top for the last three years," said Edwin Koc, director of strategic and foundation research at NACE. "The oil industry for the last couple of years has been a bit more active and...
  • NASA plans more outreach to Muslim countries

    03/12/2010 7:19:00 PM PST · by myknowledge · 37 replies · 751+ views
    Orland Sentinel ^ | February 16, 2010 | Mark Matthews
    WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has asked him to “find ways to reach out to dominantly Muslim countries” as the White House pushes the space agency to become a tool of international diplomacy. “In addition to the nations that most of you usually hear about when you think about the International Space Station, we now have expanded our efforts to reach out to non-traditional partners,” said Bolden, speaking to a lecture hall of young engineering students.
  • Open to the public for the first time in 145 years, Brunel Tunnel under the Thames

    03/12/2010 7:16:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies · 1,264+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2010 | Staff
    The public is to get its first chance in 145 years to see the Brunnel tunnel under the Thames that was hailed as an eighth wonder of the world and a triumph of Victorian engineering. The tunnel is open today and tomorrow and a Fancy Fair originally held in 1852 below the river will be recreated at the nearby Brunel Museum. It was built between 1825 and 1843 by Marc Brunel and his son, Isambard, and was the first known to have been built beneath a navigable river.
  • Why So Many Terrorists Get Their Start as Engineers

    12/29/2009 8:42:08 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 125 replies · 3,453+ views
    Sphere ^ | December 29, 2009 | Russell Berman
    (Dec. 29) -- Of all the biographical details that have emerged about the Nigerian man who allegedly tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet on Christmas, perhaps the least surprising -- at least to those who study these things -- is what he studied in college. The terrorist suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, earned a degree in mechanical engineering from University College London in 2008, just over a year before he tried to demonstrate his skills by detonating an explosive device aboard the Detroit-bound plane. Among violent Islamic extremists, that puts him in familiar company. Indeed, the propensity toward...
  • 25 Brits in jet bomb plots (returning Yemen to UK early 2010-await instructions)

    12/27/2009 4:26:08 PM PST · by maggief · 72 replies · 2,884+ views
    The Sun ^ | December 27, 2009 | ANTHONY FRANCE Crime Reporter and ALEX WEST
    COPS fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners. The fanatics, in five groups, are now training at secret terror camps in Yemen. It was there London-educated Umar Abdulmutallab, 23, prepared for his Christmas Day bid to blow up a US jet. The British extremists in Yemen are in their early 20s and from Bradford, Luton and Leytonstone, East London. They are due to return to the UK early in 2010 and will then await internet instructions from al-Qaeda on when to strike. A Scotland Yard source said: "The great fear is Abdulmutallab is the first of...
  • Terror Suspect Abdulmutallab is engineering student at elite London university

    12/26/2009 1:59:41 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies · 1,783+ views
    examiner.com ^ | December 26, 2008 | Virginia McCabe
    Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian national, is attending engineering school at the University College of London (UCL), according to federal officials.
  • US Plane Suspect 'a London Student'

    12/25/2009 7:17:19 PM PST · by kristinn · 212 replies · 9,823+ views
    This is London ^ | Saturday, December 26, 2009
    An al Qaida-linked suspect who allegedly tried to blow up a transatlantic plane is studying at a UK university, it has been reported. The Nigerian is accused of trying to detonate a powdery substance on a plane from Amsterdam as it prepared to land at Detroit with 278 people on board. US sources said he was subdued by passengers and has since claimed to have been acting for al Qaida. He has been named by ABC News as Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, an engineering student at University College London, with the broadcaster citing US government documents. The suspect, who has...
  • Raising the Banner for Creation Truth (according to the evos, these men and women aren't scientists)

    12/07/2009 8:33:19 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 234 replies · 3,999+ views
    ICR ^ | December 2009 | Various Authors
    Dr. Henry M. Morris founded the Institute for Creation Research in 1970 with a vision to uncover and present evidence for the accuracy and authority of the Bible. For almost 40 years, ICR has distinguished itself as the leader in creation science research and education, ably assisted by the many fine scientists whom God has led to work here. These men and women have dedicated their training and skills to raising the banner for the truth of our Creator God. We would like you to meet our current on-site scientists and hear their thoughts on the purpose, significance, and importance...