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Comet ISON: Post Mortem

I've been watching the Comet ISON saga with interest, although have been understandably disappointed in its performance as it rounded the sun. Ho hum. These long-shot sun slingers aren't that few and far between, but as far as being the 'comet of a l

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Von Neuman Probes - Super Cool.

"Essentially, a von Neumann probe is a small ship that contains all of the information it needs to recreate itself once it reaches its destination. Acting like a virus, a von Neumann probe would land on a distant planet or asteroid and begin to gathe

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Autodesk AutoCAD University?

Anyone in here attending AU?  I'm going, just wondering if other progressive thinkers from this group are...

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Intel chip uses so little energy it can be powered by a glass of wine

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/12/intel_shows_off_winepowered_processor_and_biometric_boffinry/

Is there a list of these sorts of "natural batteries" anywhere? I wonder why they chose wine, aside from the air of elegance i suppose. I am curious

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Running and reading, a nausea inducing combo no more!

This nifty little crowdsourced gadget uses clever software to track your head movements and adapt the display of your device to stabilize it while you run, jog, or walk. For those of us using a treadmill as a standup desk (which I've considered but a

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Driverless Cars - A lesson in iterative design

An interesting take on rolling out "revolutionary" new features in existing products, like driverless cars:

http://www.techradar.com/news/car-tech/ford-ceo-driverless-cars-nowhere-near-ready-yet-1180523

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PhoneBloks: Brilliant solution or unfeasible pipe dream?

I was looking over an interesting concept for a new phone "platform" today - Phonebloks. The general idea is that the "phone" portion of the device is really just a glorified breadboard that one attaches components, or Bloks, to. These bloks comprise

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Cool 3d-printed Self-Centering Chuck Design

This thing is pretty cool looking, and i like it out of hand because you can print your own, but what would one use such a thing for? The quote in the article mentions woodworking, but this doesn't seem sturdy enough for say, a spinning lathe or some

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The Bay Bridge - a new engineering marvel for a new age

The Bay Bridge opened as expected over the Labor Day weekend, after nearly being delayed multiple times. For such a large project to open on time, nevermind even close to on time, is somewhat of a marvel itself. And if you read about how this bridge

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Combo 3d printer + (light) CNC miller/etcher + 3d scanner = cool

3d printing kickstarters are dime a dozen, but this one seems like it has potential:

http://fabbaloo.com/blog/2013/8/28/it-does-everything-the-fabotum.html#!

Its really the low price for a scanner that makes this so awesome. They'll probably need to lo

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Applications to University engineering programs up 17% in the last 5 years.

If you're an engineer now, it's likely that you don't regret it as a career choice. And if you're considering getting into engineering after high school, there are few careers that will give you more bang for your university buck. College costs have

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