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What the signs and symbols at the airport mean

When you have been sitting on the airplane waiting for the last people to get on-board, you may have looked out the window and wondered what all the signs and symbols at the airport mean. Well if you have you can now find out as a new book has been released by Kate Ascher, called “The Way to Go”. The book is packed with some great graphics and information, along with stuff that is really cool and interesting to know. “The Way to Go” is all about infrastructure and great for anyone who is engineering minded. It features graphics that [...]

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Students Create A Building Block To Rival Lego | IKOS

Mina, Gates, & Paige, all classmates at Park City High School in Utah were participating in the PCCAPS program. Under the guidance of Mike Wong, a mentor at the program, the team was challenged to create something that is new, creative, and can be manufactured out of recycled material. Utilizing 3D printing technology and SolidWorks, Mike, Mina, Gates, & Paige spent months crafting a shape based off principles set forth by Pete Roberts and Buckminster Fuller. Months of prototyping and revisions have allowed for creation of an interlocking building block unlike anything else out there. Simply, IKOS are a modular, [...]

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TRON-like Wearable Tech Halo Belt Keeps You Safe at Night

1.24 million people are killed in road accidents annually. That’s a pretty scary amount, considering how many of us enjoy taking nighttime bike rides, runs, or even walks down the street to our favorite deli. Founder and cyclist Vincent Pilot Ng found a deep dissatisfaction in the nighttime safety market, as bike lights and reflective wear just wasn’t optimal enough for full safety. So he decided to take matter into his own hands and created what is possibly the coolest safety product on the market: a light-up LED belt that’s designed for 360 degree visibility. Their initial inception in 2012 [...]

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Engineers develop efficient cooling cars for mines

Example of a cooling car as manufactured by Manos Engineering Working in the mining industry is one of the risky professions in the world. Usually the mining workers are affected by heat and various types of skin diseases. In the mines, whether it is a gold mine or a coal mine, the workers have to work under the underground heat of 50c. However, the heat does vary on the depth of the mine and as the mine goes deep into the earth, heat increases. In order to do work in this condition, it is necessary to make the temperature cool [...]

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The World’s First Solar Thermal Car

The world’s first solar thermal car is currently being built in La Paz, Mexico. Unlike many of the existing solar cars, this one will use the sun’s heat to create electricity. The technology used is similar to that of solar thermal power plants, like the ones across California. This design is far more complex than just attaching solar panels to a car. A 24 foot long and 6 foot wide curved mirror will focus the sun’s heat on a pipe filled with oil. The oil will be a heated to about 200 degrees Celsius and will be used to boil [...]

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Most Powerful Laser

Lasers are widely applications in the modern world, whether it comes to attractive toys or Blu-ray players. A team of researchers launched an interesting project named The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Beamlines, which was funded by the EU with the idea to create a unique device. The most interesting is that they are developing a new generation laser, which will be 100 thousand times more powerful than the combined value of all similar facilities on Earth. Specific data scientists revealed that it will be able to replicate pulse intensity of staggering 1023 watts per square centimeter. Project managers explained that [...]