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From zero to hero in 18 years: How SpaceX became a nation-state

SpaceX was founded in 2002 and was an industry joke for many years. Eighteen years later, it is the first private company to launch astronauts to the International Space Station. Today, SpaceX's Crew Dragon launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS. The journey will take about 19 hours.Dylan Taylor, chairman and CEO of Voyager Space Holdings, looks at SpaceX's journey from startup to a commercial space company with the operating power of a nation-state. Today is a historic...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Science, Technology, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Nasa, Engineering, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Innovation, Dubai, Airbus


Netherlands science university accused of bias over drive to hire female staff

Eindhoven rector says he wants to improve representation among engineering academicsOne of Europe’s leading engineering universities is being investigated over claims of unfair sexual discrimination after it increased its cohort of female academics by 25% through opening its vacancies exclusively to women.Eindhoven University of Technology has been asked by the Dutch Institute for Human Rights to justify a policy under which only women may apply for posts in the faculty in the first six months t...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Science, Technology, Human Rights, Education, Law, UK News, World news, Engineering, Higher Education, Netherlands, Eindhoven University Of Technology, Eindhoven, Dutch Institute for Human Rights


Forgotten Blueprints Reveal a Late Tweak to the Statue of Liberty's Torch Arm

Recently restored sketches of the Statue of Liberty suggest French engineer Gustave Eiffel, who was brought in to help with the project, had a different vision for the monument’s upraised arm.Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Engineering, Statues, Monuments, Gustave Eiffel, Statue of Liberty


Spring-heeled: concept that could see Usain Bolt rocket to 50mph

Prototype of revolutionary running device being worked on by scientists at US universityA wearable spring-based contraption that attaches to the legs has the potential to boost human running speeds by 50%, according to researchers who hope to build the first prototype over the next year.Scientists came up with the concept after computer models showed that it was possible to dramatically increase the amount of energy people put into each running step by enabling them to do work when their feet ar...
Tags: Science, Technology, US, Sport, Life and style, World news, US news, Engineering, Running


A new type of COVID-19 test now approved for use could help with frontline diagnostics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving much more quickly to grant special ’emergency use authorization’ to equipment and tests that could help increase testing for the novel coronavirus in the U.S., which lags behind most countries in the world when it comes to tests conducted relative to the size of its population. One type of test just approved for use could help expand the availability of frontline testing in hospitals and at clinics where patients are receiving care – without ...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Articles, United States, Engineering, Flu, New York State, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, SUNNYVALE, Diagnostics, Scanwell, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


This tech subscription box can rewire your brain for the better

Creation Crate is a tech subscription box that sends monthly projects, with all the components, right to your door. Each project in the curriculum teaches new lessons in electronics and C++ programming. The projects get more challenging as you learn. Working with your hands changes your brain's neurochemistry to reduce stress and increase learning. It's also a great way to prepare kids for a STEM future. With the subscription box market on the rise, just about anything you could po...
Tags: Science, Design, Technology, Learning, Cbs News, Neuroscience, Computers, Code, Brain, Engineering, Innovation, Electricity, University Of Chicago, Mind, Crawford, Lambert


10 essential new skills you can start learning today

These 10 skills training bundles will have you mastering a new talent.Subjects range from music producing and graphic design to electrical engineering and stock trading.Each skill training bundle is currently at least 95% off. New year, new you. Too often, we get to the end of another 12 months and realize that maybe we didn’t accomplish as much as we’d have liked over the past 365 days. Well, there’s a simple way to set yourself up for a happy appraisal once 2020 is finished—jump in and start ...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Music, Science, Design, Movies, Entertainment, Success, Culture, Engineering, Innovation, Personal Growth, Amazon EBay, Noiselab


How are implicit biases holding us back?

Girls and women who are talented in STEM subjects are often invisible, notes Allison Stanger, who shares an example from her own life. A female may be equally good at mathematics and verbal skills, yet they are only praised and encouraged on the merits of their humanities aptitude.Encouraging women in STEM from an early age is increasingly important within fields like artificial intelligence, where we are seeing that if you pursue a purely scientific or engineering solution, the technology can g...
Tags: Work, Gender, Math, Science, Technology, Education, Washington, Women, America, Engineering, Innovation, Men, Inequality, Trump, Allison Stanger


How are implicit biases holding us back?

It's important to realize the implicit biases we carry regarding gender.In school settings, women are less likely to be encouraged to pursue careers in STEM fields because it's assumed that men have greater math skills. This simply isn't true.In the interest of a successful society, everyone should be allowed to pursue work based on their interests and skills. Whistleblowers: Honesty in America from Washington to Trump Wh...
Tags: Work, Gender, Math, Science, Technology, Education, Women, Engineering, Innovation, Men


Nasa unveils spacesuits to be worn by first woman on the moon

Next-generation garments for Artemis programme will be used during 2024 lunar missionNasa has unveiled two new spacesuits designed to be worn by the first woman to walk on the moon.The next-generation suits were made for the Artemis programme, which aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, World news, US news, Nasa, Engineering, International Space Station, The moon, Artemis


Engineers developed a mathematical model of Ooblek

A favorite kitchen chemistry (and physics) experiment of kids (and adults), Ooblek is the weird result of mixing cornstarch with water. Now, MIT engineers have developed a mathematical model that can predict and simulate how the non-Newtonian fluid switches between liquid and solid depending on the pressure applied to it. From MIT News: Aside from predicting what the stuff might do in the hands of toddlers, the new model can be useful in predicting how oobleck and other solutions of ultrafi...
Tags: Post, Video, Science, News, Mit, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Materials Science, Aaron, Baumgarten, Kitchen Science, Ooblek, Ken Kamrin, Kamrin


MIT Confirms a Bridge Leonardo da Vinci Designed 500 Years Ago Was an Ancient Engineering Marvel

Some 500 years after his death, researchers are still discovering just how talented and brilliant Leonardo da Vinci was. Architects and civil engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used a 3D printer to create a replica of a bridge da Vinci designed, but never built. To their surprise, not only did it…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Mit, Architecture, Engineering, Bridges, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vinci


Microscopic robots carry stem cells through a mouse's body

The 1990s nanotechnology dream of tiny robots swimming through our blood stream to treat disease is moving (verrrry) slowly but surely toward reality. In a new milestone, researchers used an external magnetic field to steer microbots through a live mouse's body carrying therapeutic stem cells. From IEEE Spectrum: ..Delivering stem cells typically requires an injection with a needle, which lowers the survival rate of the stem cells, and limits their reach in the body. Microrobots, howeve...
Tags: Video, Science, News, Medical, Engineering, Kim, Jin, Microrobots, Microrobotics, DGIST ETH Microrobotics Research Center


Why the Parker Solar Probe is NASA's most exciting mission

The Parker Solar Probe is set to uncover a mystery about the sun: Why is it's corona hotter than its surface?NASA's ability to fly a probe so close to the sun is a marvel of engineering. Michelle Thaller, an astronomer at NASA, explains why the Parker Solar Probe is so hot right now.
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Physics, Engineering, Innovation, Sun, Solar Energy, Cosmos, Michelle Thaller, Parker Solar Probe, Ask an astronomer


Reaction Engines Tests Critical Pre-Cooler at Mach 3.3 Conditions

Reaction Engines is working towards air-breathing space planes and hypersonic airplanes. They have successfully tested their critical pre-cooler technology at the temperature conditions it would... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Space, UK, Science, Technology, World, Materials, Engineering, Innovation, Engines, Mach, Hypersonic


Gender equality in STEM is possible. These countries prove it

There should be no shortage of inspirational role models for young girls dreaming of a career in science. Women have been responsible for some of the most important scientific breakthroughs that shaped the modern world, from Marie Curie's discoveries about radiation, to Grace Hopper's groundbreaking work on computer programming, and Barbara McClintock's pioneering approach to genetics.But too often their stories aren't just about the difficulties they faced in cracking some of the toughest probl...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gender, UK, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, India, Women, Eu, Unesco, Engineering, Innovation, New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark


Elon Musk tweets photos of SpaceX’s milestone test of Raptor rocket engine

SpaceX plans to use its new Raptor engines to power Starship and Super Heavy, two craft that would be used on a future Mars journey.The company has been testing its Raptor engines in Texas this week, though Thursday's announcement is the first time the engine has been shown able to produce the force necessary to lift Super Heavy and Starship.Raptor is powered by methane, a fuel source that SpaceX chose because the company hopes to someday generate it on Mars. None SpaceX has successfully tested ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, Technology, Nasa, Engineering, Innovation, Mars, Musk, Starship, Raptor, Texas Raptor


WashU announces donation from Square co-founder to grow engineering school

Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) announced today that its engineering school received its largest single donation in history. The donation was offered by Square co-founder and WashU alumni Jim McKelvey, for whom the school will be renamed, from the School of Engineering & Applied Science to The James McKelvey School of Engineering. WashU did not disclose the donated amount and historically does not disclose financial information. McKelvey has deep ties to his alma mater. McKelvey’...
Tags: TC, Science, Education, Finance, Funding, Stem, Tech, Engineering, Square, Universities, Computer Science, St Louis, Philanthropy, Jim Mckelvey, Valley, McKelvey


Embodied logic: Using stimuli-responsive materials and geometric principles to create smart objects

A new paper in Nature describes the US-Army-funded research of U Penn materials scientists to create a new generation of 3D printed "smart objects" whose geometry and materials enable them to interact with their environments without having to use embedded computers, sensors or actuators. The researchers are combining two techniques here: the first is the geometric technique of creating bistable structures that can hold either of two configurations indefinitely and can freely shift from one ...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Engineering, 3d Printing, Scholarship, US Army, Geometry, Penn, Materials Science, Jiang, New Materials, Smart Objects, Embodied Logic, Yijie Jiang Lucia, Korpas Jordan R Raney Nature


How hands-on learning fires up your brain

Learning is a mental and physical pursuit, says retired astronaut Leland Melvin. Recalling his childhood, Melvin explains how working with his dad to turn a $500 bread truck into a family RV camper ultimately made him a better astronaut, able to maneuver the $2-billion dollar Columbus Laboratory out of the payload bay of a shuttle and attach it to the International Space Station. Experiential learning — like hands-on DIY, engineering kits, and Duplo games — wires your brain for problem solvi...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Learning, Education, Parenting, Children, Nasa, Play, Brain, Creativity, Engineering, Innovation, Mind, Melvin, Leland Melvin


Scientists plan to spray the sky with light-reflecting particles to dim the sun

Scientists hope to launch the world's first solar geoengineering project next year. The project involves spraying calcium carbonate into the stratosphere. The team hopes to get people thinking more seriously about bioengineering. If all the pieces can be put together by then, a trio of researchers from Harvard hope to begin the testing phase of their plan to reduce the amount of sunshine the Earth receives as a means of cooling down the planet as it heats up from climate change. If they manage ...
Tags: Weather, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Earth, Harvard, Philippines, Engineering, Innovation, Anthropocene, Keith, Boulder CO, Dai, Mount Pinatubo, Janos Pasztor, Fahey


Colorado is a rectangle? Think again

Colorado looks like a rectangle. It isn't. The Centennial State has not four, but 697 sides. That makes it a hexahectaenneacontakaiheptagon. Does that make Wyoming the only real rectangular state? Well, about that…America loves its straight-line borders. The only U.S. state without one is Hawaii – for obvious reasons (1). West of the Mississippi, states are bigger, emptier and boxier than back east. From a distance, all seem to be made up of straight lines. Only when you zoom in do you see the...
Tags: Utah, Astronomy, Texas, Science, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Congress, Colorado, Montana, Washington, Mexico, Government, America, Infrastructure, Canada, United States


We Talked to the Graduate Student Who Made Bricks From Human Pee

Pee contains some pretty amazing stuff. Scientists have known for nearly a decade that it’s possible to produce bricks from bacteria, sand, and urea—a chemical found in urine. Researchers have gone ahead and produced those bricks, now for the first time with human pee. Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Biology, Chemistry, South Africa, Engineering, Wastewater, Pee, Urine, Urine Luck


Superstrong materials for electric spaceplanes instead of space elevators

China has carbon nanotube bundles in the lab that are 20 times stronger than kevlar. They are trying to scale them up for mass production. If they succeed in mass producing tons of this material then... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Space, Science, Technology, China, World, Materials, Military, Engineering, Innovation, Engines, Superconductors, Carbon Nanotubes


Bricks made from human urine

University of Cape Town researchers created the world's first "bio-bricks" made from sand, bacteria, and human urine collected from special toilets in the engineering school's bathrooms. From The Guardian: Bio-bricks are created through a natural process called microbial carbonate precipitation, said (project supervisor and water quality engineering lecturer Dyllon) Randall, similar to the way seashells are formed. Loose sand, which has been colonised with bacteria that produces urease, is m...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Engineering, Construction, Bricks, University of Cape Town, Civil Engineering, Better To Be Pissed Off Than Pissed On, Dyllon Randall, Randall Randall


Here’s How Engineers Dream of Stopping Tsunamis

The tsunami that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island and killed at least 1,400 people sadly won’t be the last. Human populations will continue to live along coastlines in tectonically active parts of the world, tsunamis will continue to occur, and people will continue to die.Read more...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Engineering, Tsunamis, Sulawesi, Earther Is An Earth Blog, The Only Wall We Should Be Building, Natural Disaters


Freaky Robotic Skin Brings Inanimate Objects to Life

Typically, robots are built to perform a single task. To make them more adaptable, researchers from Yale University have developed a kind of “robotic skin” that transforms ordinary objects into multifunctional robots.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Engineering, Robotics, Yale University, Assistive Devices


Marvelous scans of Leonardo da Vinci's journals

London's Victoria and Albert Museum has digitized and posted two of Leonardo da Vinci's personal notebooks. From The Art Newspaper: “The notebooks remind us that Leonardo was as much an engineer as he was an artist. When he wrote in the early 1480s to Ludovico Sforza, then ruler of Milan, to offer him his services, he advertised himself as a military engineer, only briefly mentioning his artistic skills at the end of the list,” (says Catherine Yvard, Special Collections curator at the V&A’s ...
Tags: Art, Post, Science, Design, Milan, London, News, Engineering, Journals, Victoria, Leonardo, Albert Museum, Leonardo da Vinci, Ludovico Sforza, Catherine Yvard, National Art Library Codex Forster


New Research Takes Us One Step Closer to a Bionic Eye

For the first time ever, scientists have 3D-printed an array of light sensors onto an eyeball-shaped surface. Eventually, a scaled-up version of the device could restore vision to the blind, or even improve the vision of sighted people.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Engineering, 3d Printing, Cybernetics, Futurism, Biotechnology, Bionics, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Bionic Eyes, 3 D Printing, Artificial Eyes


Theresa May pledges Galileo alternative if UK locked out of satnav system

PM seeks to raise pressure on EU with pledge of £92m for ‘sovereign’ navigation systemBritain cannot afford to be excluded from core development of the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system and will have to develop its own expensive “sovereign system” if the 27-country bloc does not change its mind, according to Theresa May.The prime minister sought to up the ante by pledging to spend £92m on the initial scoping work for an alternative, unless Brussels allows the UK to be involved in security...
Tags: Europe, Space, Politics, UK, Science, Technology, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Engineering, Satellites, European Space Agency, Gps, Brussels, Brexit



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