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Tools explained (funny)

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DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light . Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, ‘Oh sh–!’

SKIL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
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Civil engineers slow traffic with huge holes in the road

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These holes full of rubble would sure slow me down on the expressway, even if they are a little bit aggressive as a speed deterent.  If you hit one of these at more than a a few miles per hour, you would risk breaking an axle, or at least blowing out a few tires.

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Has anyone actually seen a flying car in real life?

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Here is yet another company of the future with their version of the flying car.  Always fun to see the real world designs for these.

Terrafugia has completed flight testing of the Transition POC (Proof of Concept).  Introducing the Transition. Simply land at the airport, fold your wings up and drive home.”

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Our Top Tweets from Last Week

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  1. Amazing periodic table. Each element has a video explaining it’s history, uses, characteristics, etc. – http://bit.ly/3fY40S
  2. The humorous result of years of Intense Study and Engineering Experience http://bit.ly/1BJ8Yv
  3. Twitter Lists for Nerds – engineering, science, technology, and even NASA! http://bit.ly/4jFNhI
  4. Follow all the nasa twitter feeds in one list – http://bit.ly/4mIJ0z
  5. My favorite engineering blog discussing innovations in rural Africa. – http://www.afrigadget.com/

Editors Pick

  1. The Greatest Scientific Special of All Time: Absolute Zero, The Science of Cold. Watch it here – http://retwt.me/frCo

Twitter Lists for Nerds – engineering, science, technology, and even NASA!

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I’ve created a host of useful Twitter lists for followers of @Help4Engineers (and everyone else too).

My Favorites

  1. Engineering / Science / Technology Favorites: This is my personal list of the most interesting tweeters I follow.  I go here for almost all my Twitter news.  This list is the best of the best.
  2. All NASA Twitter Feeds: Over 50 unique NASA twitter streams.  These are absolutely awesome, and many of them have tens of thousands of followers on their own.  NASA is doing an amazing job sharing the incredible information they collect.
  3. Industrial Suppliers on Twitter: I’m constantly adding new suppliers as I find them.  Let me know of any I’m missing in the comments.  These tweets are way more interesting than I expected when I first made this list.

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Innovative Engineering–Years of Intense Study and Engineering Experience

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There I Fixed It is a tremendous site where users submit images of innovative engineering feats.  These range from drawing a warm bath over a camp fire to roasting a dozen hotdogs on the fingers of a metal rake to duct taping flashlights to front bumper of a car.

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Our Top Tweets from Last Week!

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We send out all kinds of interesting/useful/cool tweets from our twitter account, Help4Engineers, and our readers have requested that we capture the best stuff in a blog post. So, starting this week, we’re going to do a blog post every Monday that is a recap of the most popular tweets from the previous week.

  1. Astrophysicists rapping about the Universe (Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson, & Bill Nye). – http://bit.ly/8QWH2
  2. New Scientist has an excellent article on how the brain makes sense of time. http://bit.ly/1160BX
  3. Sixth sense let’s you interact with a pocket computer on any surface as though it’s a touchscreen. http://bit.ly/K8FEE
  4. How DIY design gave a teenager from Malawi electricity, and can help transform Africa. http://bit.ly/1t8hI5 via @leleutd
  5. NASA’s climate change website. Awesome info! http://bit.ly/mKkkE @andeanhealth

And my personal favorite from the week:

All engineers love nerf don’t they? Retro nerf bow and arrow tv commercial. http://bit.ly/2agJmy – via @andeanhealth

Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson, & Bill Nye Rapping about the Universe

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This is a great music video composed of clips of famous scientists talking about the universe. T-Pain’s auto-tune effect has been laid over the clips to really give it a “hip” feel. Pretty funny. I dig the song too!