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  • The third Forth bridge: New crossing's three concrete towers stand tall- thanks to 23,000 MILES [tr]

    02/10/2016 6:25:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 9, 2016 | Hugo Gye
    It will use 150,000 tonnes of concrete - nearly as much as the whole of the London Olympics - and contain enough cable to go around the world three times. And at £1.14billion the new bridge over the Firth of Forth is one of the biggest civil engineering projects undertaken in Britain in recent years, creating 1,300 jobs. Designed to take some of the strain off the old Forth Road bridge, which was recently closed due to safety fears, the Queensferry crossing is now taking shape with the three towers which will support the structure in place.
  • Students' flow to US rises by 32%

    09/09/2015 9:17:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, September 5, 2015 | S. Rajagopalan
    Washington - There has been an astounding 32 per cent increase this year in the number of students flocking to American universities for higher studies. It is the biggest increase from any single country for the year, although in overall terms, China still tops the table in a big way. Figures just released by the US Student and Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) indicate that 149,987 Indian students are currently enrolled in American universities of a total of 1.05 million. Chinese students number 301,532. When it comes to the highly-coveted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) stream, it is Indian students...
  • Donald Trump may be good news for India

    08/24/2015 9:05:16 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Niti Central, niticentral.com ^ | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | Sitaramarao Yechuri
    There have been many news stories in recent days about Donald Trump's proposed policy on H1-B visas and how that would be bad for India. Trump has advocated raising the minimum wage for H1-B visas, lowering the H1-B visa cap and generally making H1-B visas more difficult to obtain. Trump points out that his competitor Florida Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bill to triple the H-1B visas and Trump contends that this would lower the average wage because the H1-B workers are willing to work harder for a lower wage because they want to get a green card. News...
  • Touring world's largest pump station? 5 things to know

    07/03/2015 3:43:34 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/1/15 | Andrea Shaw, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The world's largest drainage pump station, in Plaquemines Parish, could be opened for a public tour this fall during a campaign to educate West Bank residents about their $4 billion flood protection system. Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West officials are considering an open house as they ask West Jefferson voters for a $5.5 million property tax increase and Algiers voters for a 30-year tax renewal for flood protection.Officials say the money is needed to cover $34 million in expenses associated with operation and maintenance of 100 miles of levees, floodwalls and floodgates built after Hurricane Katrina. Last year, the authority...
  • Is There a STEM Worker Shortage? (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

    06/10/2015 5:51:33 PM PDT · by xzins · 34 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | May 2014 | Karen Zeigler, Steven A. Camarota
    Steven A. Camarota is the Director of Research and Karen Zeigler is a demographer at the Center for Immigration Studies. While employers argue that there are not enough workers with technical skills, most prior research has found little evidence that such workers are in short supply. This report uses the latest Census Bureau data available to examine the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Consistent with other research, the findings show that the country has more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. Also consistent with other research, we find only modest levels...
  • Pakistan Piledriver (brief YouTube video)

    Here's a construction technique that would be handy to know. Read the calculations below then click on the link at the bottom of the article to see this technique in action. Here's something to cheer up any engineer. Just to put you in the picture and keep you up-to-date with the latest developments. Below is a link to a short video of a Pakistani pile driving construction technique. Notice that the pile driving becomes effective when the extra man jumps on. Very finely tuned! The chant is also catchy. Now, let's analyze the Engineering here: 6 men x 180 lbs....
  • Chinese builder puts up 57-story skyscraper in 19 days

    05/01/2015 8:09:54 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 39 replies
    seattletimes. ^ | April 30, 2015 | PENG PENG DIDI TANG
    CHANGSHA, China (AP) — A Chinese construction company is claiming to be the world’s fastest builder after erecting a 57-story skyscraper in 19 working days in central China. The Broad Sustainable Building Co. put up the rectangular, glass-and-steel Mini Sky City in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha using a modular method, assembling three floors per day, company vice president Xiao Changgeng said.
  • Abdul Kadir Arrested in JFK Plot (Guyana news source)

    06/03/2007 4:09:32 PM PDT · by Shermy · 33 replies · 2,150+ views
    Starbroek News, Guyana ^ | June 3, 2007 | Heppilena Ferguson
    Four men including former PNCR Member of Parliament Abdul Kadir were yesterday charged by United States law enforcement officials with allegedly conspiring to blow up the John F Kennedy International airport as well as tanks storing aviation fuel and underground fuel pipelines. Those charged with Kadir are former JFK worker Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese-born US citizen; Kareem Ibrahim, an imam from Trinidad; and Guyanese Abdel Nur. Kadir and Ibrahim were arrested in Trinidad, while Defreitas was held in New York. Up to press time, however, Nur had not been apprehended and was thought to be still at large in Trinidad....
  • New Study about Texas Brown Tarantulas will help engineers in hydraulic robots

    04/03/2015 2:18:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The reason for the arachnid’s sensitivity to temperature doesn’t rely chiefly on their muscles to move, but they rather employ their blood which also called hemolymph. The spider’s fluid is sensitive to temperature. Hence, when the hydraulic fluid flows into their tube-like legs, it makes them quite loosened and enlarged. An associate professor of biology at Harvey Mudd College in California and who spearheaded the study quipped that temperature can alter the thickness, or viscosity, of hemolymph. Ahn said that at colder temperatures, the spiders moved at a slower pace since the hemolymph has become more viscous than at higher...
  • Trigonometry Is Racist!

    02/27/2015 5:35:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 158 replies
    National Review ^ | February 27, 2015 | KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
    Trigonometry Is Racist! KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON February 27, 2015 An African-American scholar says that emphasis on STEM education is bad for blacks. Earlier today on Sirius XM Urban View, an African-American talk station, the guest was Daryl Scott, president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The conversation turned to STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math — education, and the origins of the ongoing push to encourage institutions and students to focus on those subjects. Can you guess what happened? In 1983, the guest explained, a commission empaneled by the secretary of education issued...
  • 50 STEM Majors with the Best Value 2014: Ranked by WorldWideLearn.com

    11/10/2014 2:43:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    FFN ^ | 11/10/2014
    There’s been much discussion recently over STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — degrees, a collection of majors that have not only some of the highest-paying related careers, but a positive employment outlook across several industries. For example, a 2014 report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that many STEM graduates go on to work in industries different from their degree concentration. Yet — collectively — STEM majors enjoy an advantage in today’s economy and are projected to remain in-demand well into the future. A study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce noted STEM is projected to...
  • Air Show Math

    09/14/2014 8:19:53 PM PDT · by rey · 72 replies
    Vanity | 14 Sept. 2014 | Rey
    I home school a young girl. In years past, we have gone to the local air show and done such things as measure the tops and bottom of wings and rotos and figure the ratio or difference between the area of the top of the wing versus the bottom and estimated which wings had more lift than others. We measure how much area the wheels occupied on the ground and consulted with the crew chief what the tire pressure was and calculated the weight of the plane. In years past we were able to see F18s form a vapor cone...
  • 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...