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What are all the components of an LCD screen?

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custom lcd screen

Great site from All Shore Industries, a designer and manufacturer of custom lcd screens. They run through all the layers of LCD screens and provide interesting information. Great resource for anyone working with screens.

Sailboats that Fly?

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Hydrofoil Sailboats are one of the most impressive watersports out there!  There are not many sailboats that can go faster than the wind.  C-Class Catamarans are a very open class of Sailboat Racing with only a few limitations (same hull used on both sides, a width and length limitation).  Other than that, it is completely up to the designers.  Materials, weight, and sails are un-regulated.

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Robotbox lets you collaborate on and review DIY robotics projects.

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Robotbox is a site to share and collaborate on do-it-yourself robotics projects. I know there are a lot of engineers out there who have half completed projects sitting in a box in the basement or garage.

Check out the top rated projects already in the system.

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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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How big is the International Space Station?

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I took a trip to Houston recently for a friend’s wedding.  While there, he gave me a pretty extensive tour of NASA’s facilities.  We saw three things that really surprised me. Read the rest of this entry »

Next-Generation Nuclear Power

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This week’s Economist nicely presents the current status of global nuclear power development.

The Generation IV International Forum (GIF, a consortium of 10+ countries) has drawn up plans for six new reactor designs.  From these six, they will whittle down to the design that becomes the standard for the fourth generation of nuclear power plants.  These six designs range from merely updated designs to entirely new types of fuels and coolants.

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Ride to the Edge of Space in a U2 Spy Plane

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U2 Flight

Amazing video (embedded below) of James May from Top Gear taking a ride to the edge of space (70K feet) in a U2 Spyplane.  The flight suit looks like that of an astronaut and plane looks like a menacing bird.  It’s 100 foot wingspan is balanced by inline wheels when landing.  The entire system is from the 1950′s.  At one point James realizes that he and his pilot are the highest people in the world except for a few astronauts on the International Space Station.  Quite stunning.  I can’t wait until we can take trips to edge of our atmosphere.  It’s not far off my fellow engineers and space enthusiasts. Read the rest of this entry »

Sustainable Energy: Best. Infographic. Ever.

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Scientific American has created a ridiculously interesting infographic on sustainable energy sources.  The article outlines a plan to get the world off of fossil fuels in 20 years.  That’s 100% clean, sustainable energy by 2030.  Although not feasible for a number of economic and political reasons, it is still damn interesting to see how the authors (Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi) plan this out.  Give it a good read, there are a few surprises in there, particularly re: wind vs. solar.

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