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‘To Engineer is Human’ video will mesmerise you

Author : Alyn Wallace, 30 September 2014

‘To Engineer is Human’ video will mesmerise you

This is a video for the “Engineering For You” video contest. It is a compilation video made possible by hundreds, thousands, millions of engineers and people across the globe creating a world none of us could dream possible alone. The video celebrates the release of the book with the same title written by Henry Petroski, the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University. Quoted from the books description: “The moral of this book is that behind every great engineering success is a trail of often ignored (but frequently spectacular) engineering failures.” The book […]


Sep
30
New York could get high speed gondolas in the future via East River Skyway

A plan has been proposed to do away with the congestion that the existing transportation system in New York City is causing. The plan consists of a cable car system that would be along the lines of the Emirates Air Line in London. The East River Skyway plan revealed high speed urban gondolas, providing fast transport to residents and visitors in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. [Image Courtesy of EastRiverSkyway] The gondolas would cut down on the amount of time it takes to travel, along with offering stunning views out over the New York skyline. Developer CityRealty said that gondolas would […]


Sep
30
Belgium Brewery Will Build An Underground Beer Pipeline

Author : Lara Lopes, 30 September 2014

Belgium Brewery Will Build An Underground Beer Pipeline

In order to reduce traffic, the De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges, Belgium, is going to build a ‘pipeline’ that instead of transporting oil or gas through underground pipes, will transport beer. The measure was taken to transport the beverage from the brewery, located in the historic center of the city, to the new factory just outside of the city where all that delicious beer will be bottled for shipping. With this, the brewery will no longer use the 500 trucks they currently use for transportation. This large pipe will pass far from the famous canals of the city, which […]

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This machine makes drinking water from thin air

An Israeli startup based in Rishon LeZion has created a portable machine that can literally create drinking water out of thin air. The company used their patented heat exchanger system known as GENius™ to dehumidify the air and extract water. Ground Atmospheric Water Generator Unit (GEN-G) “The clean air enters our GENius heat exchanger system where it is dehumidified, the water is removed from the air and collected in a collection tank inside the unit,” says co-CEO Arye Kohavi. “From there the water is passed through an extensive water filtration system which cleans it from possible chemical and microbiological contaminations,” he […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Berlin Secretary Cabinet is 200 year old desk is packed full of advanced technology

Despite the fact that this Berlin Secretary Cabinet was built during the 19th century and is 200 years old, it is surprisingly packed with many advanced secrets that you would not have thought possible in those days. Hidden away in almost every surface of the desk is a compartment, tool, drawer or other delight. [Image Courtesy of Metmuseum] The Berlin Secretary cabinet was designed and constructed by Abraham and David Roentgen. They were known as master cabinet-makers during the early 1700s into the early 1800s and they made the cabinet for King Frederick William II. [Image Courtesy of Metmuseum] While […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Dino Pet: The living lamp that grows brighter the more you care for it

The BioPop Company have come up with a very different and very cool living light/virtual pet by the name of Dino Pet. This is a biological lamp that has very small bioluminescent plankton inside it, called dinoflagellates, which glow in the dark with their own inner light. [Image Courtesy of Biopop] This is where the Dino Pet gets its name from, with the dinoflagellates being inside the plastic shell. The plankton are in salt water and they need care, but very little of it, if they are to thrive and provide you with a light show when it gets dark. [Image […]

Posted by Alyn Wallace

12 year old creates a braile printer from Lego

A 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California, has created a braile printer using lego and a few items from the hardware store for a science fair. Shubham Banerjee, 12, created the Braigo by making good use of a $350 Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit and has no plans on selling his invention, he wants to open-source it to the blind and visually impaired all over the world. photo: Niloy Banerjee “I thought it would be cool to combine my love for LEGOs and do something good with it,” he told NPR. After discovering that braile printers can cost up to $2000 for a […]