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Part Engineering, Part Jewelry, Part Sculpture: Dukno Yoon’s Kinetic Wings Yearn to Fly

Friday 11.15.2013 , Posted by

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The mechanics of movement are explored in a series of works by Dukno Yoon, a Korean born artist who currently teaches metalsmithing and jewelry at Kansas State University. The body adornment pieces connect the kinetics of hand gestures to flying wings. Profoundly simple, the pieces celebrate the elegance of mechanics. [Read more...]

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Student Creates Electromagnetic Harvester

Wednesday 01.23.2013 , Posted by

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A digital media student in Germany, Dennis Siegel, has put on his engineering hat to create a small device that can collect energy from thin air. Siegel explains,

“We are surrounded by electromagnetic fields which we are producing for information transfer or as a byproduct. Many of those fields are very capacitive and can be harvested with coils and high frequency diodes. Accordingly, I built special harvesting devices that are able to tap into several electromagnetic fields to exploit them.”

Although Siegel’s device only charges a single AA battery in a 24 hour period, the implications of this discovery are endless. [Read more...]

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Amazing New Toy Promotes Future Female Engineers

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by

When you ask a little girl what she wants to be when she grows up, the most common answer will be a princess. While more females than males are attending college in the US, the field of engineering is still largely dominated by males (89%). Seeing this disparity in her classes, Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made it her mission to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. She attributes much of this gap to the gender roles perpetuated through children’s toys. The girls’ aisle is filled with dolls and dress up clothes to train future housewives while boys’ are developing spatial skills through toys like K’nex, Legos, and Tinker Toys. While those companies have made pink versions of their toys, they fail to interest little girls because they lack reading, which, studies have shown, is preferred by little girls. Little girls need to develop spatial reasoning too so that they have all of the same opportunities as boys to shape our world in the future. This is why Sterling created Goldie Blox! [Read more...]

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Smart Sand: Will We Duplicate Objects in a Sandbox?

Monday 04.09.2012 , Posted by

MIT researchers are developing small magnetic cubes that can communicate with each other to auto-duplicate objects in a “sand box” using a subtractive production algorithm.

3D printing is the process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Typically, this printing is achieved using additive processes, where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material. It is considered distinct from traditional machining techniques which mostly relied on the removal of material by drilling and cutting. [Read more...]

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It’s electric: Wireless ‘tattoo’ sticks to skin

Monday 08.15.2011 , Posted by

A new wireless electronic tattoo is so flexible and thin it can easily be applied to the skin—and just as easily removed. The system could be used for monitoring heart, muscle, and brain activity. It also could have applications for chemical and biological sensing, wound treatment, and even computer gaming. [Read more...]

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Bendy robot wiggles like a big worm

Thursday 07.07.2011 , Posted by

A robot built with a series of springs along the length of its body has the flexibility to move like a worm around obstacles. The super-sized “worm-bot” is modeled on the C. elegans nematode, a tiny free-living worm that uses an ultra-simple nervous system to control the way that it moves. [Read more...]

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How Engineers Make Drinks: Mixing Blueprint

Tuesday 02.15.2011 , Posted by


How do engineers mix their drinks? Very precisely and using a blueprint, it seems. Our friends over at flowingdata.com, dug up this vintage poster featuring over 30 classic drinks such as the Zombie, Gin Fizz & White Russian. According to the data on the poster itself, it seems to have been originally “issued for mass consumption” on May, 1, 1978. Ready to get mixing? A full sized pdf of the poster is available here.
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