Category: Tech

IEEE Medal of Honor to Dresselhaus

In June, Professor Mildred Dresselhaus will formally receive the 2015 IEEE Medal of Honor for her leadership and contributions across many fields of science and engineering. She is the first woman to receive the organisation’s highest honor since its inception in 1917. | Scientific American Blog

Extreme Condition Marine Tech

Tomorrow’s maritime technology must be able to handle extreme conditions during Arctic and deep-water operations. A new research centre designed to develop these technologies holds promise for Norwegian industry. | GEMINI

Epitome of Unintended Consequences

I recently switched car insurance companies. I was happy with the rate I got. Soon after, I received a device to monitor my driving in the event that I wanted to try to qualify for a discount on my rate. I did not care about trying for a discount so I ignored the device – […]

Innovation: Zipper

Innovators amaze me. The people who look at a take-out coffee cup and visualize a way to standardize the openings and lids. The people who realize a bit of sticky substance on a slip of paper can solve an everyday problem. The people who take a zipper and make it more!

Marla Spivak: Why Bees are Disappearing

This TED Talk by Marla Spivak, bee researcher and professor of entomology, not only suggests reasons for the decline of bees, it also explains the reasons we need bees at all. In the process, it presents the role the 20,000 different species of bees play in pollination, as well as the way bee societies function. […]

My Book is Out!

Modeling Ships and Space Craft: The Science and Art of Mastering the Oceans and Sky begins with the theories of Aristotle and Archimedes, moving on to examine the work of Froude and Taylor, the early aviators and the Wright Brothers, Goddard and the other rocket men, and the computational fluid dynamic models of our time. It examines the ways each used fluid dynamic principles in the design of their vessels.

Blogging at BioBuzz!

I’m delighted to announce that I’m a member of the BioBuzz blog team. BioBuzz covers all things BioTech and is working to build a strong BioTech community in Maryland. They offer networking events, news, mentors, and info on career opportunities. I’m currently covering biofuels – and couldn’t be happier about it. Check out the Industry […]

James Cameron at Ocean’s Deepest Point

Not only has James Cameron reached the deepest point in the Mariana Trench, he’s tweeted to let us all know! That’s an amazing use of technology given that he is about 7,000 feet deeper than Mt. Everest is tall! To say conditions down there are inhospitable to human life is to put it mildly. The […]

Peterson Field Guide App

> There’s a Peterson Field Guide to Backyard Birds app from Wildtonesthat’s compatible with the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad. There are over 180 birds – far more types than we get in our yard – so chances are excellent you’ll be able to identify the feathered creatures passing their time in your […]

Tech Time: Over to the Dark Side

I’m pained to admit that I’ve gone over to the Dark Side. I have a Mac and an iPhone and, as infuriating as I find the Mac and the iPhone, I’m not going back to a PC. I can painlessly and effortlessly synch everything for the first time in my entire life. I can get […]

Who was David Taylor?

I’m tremendously interested in the ways technology evolved in the 20th century. There are so many things we use today that simply didn’t exist at the end of the 1800’s. And yet here we are, taking ocean voyages on vessels with gyroscopes to stabilize them, watching planes take off from the deck of carriers, lighting […]

Gemini Research News from NTNU

I’ve recently received my first issues of Gemini Research News – in excellent translation – from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The latest edition reports on a new type of exercise bicycle for paraplegic patients.  Developed (in part at NTNU) for actor Christopher Reeve, it works together with electrodes attached to the patient’s […]