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Comment: re: "Arrgghh," said I… - 10/31/2012
Disney to acquire Lucasfilm and Star Wars franchise.
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/30/2012   4 comments
In a surprising move, the Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm, owner of the Star Wars franchise, for $4.05 billion.
Hurricane Sandy filmed from space
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/30/2012   7 comments
NASA released a video of post-tropical cyclone Sandy, shot from the International Space Station, this morning, as many cities in the Northeast U.S. began picking up the pieces after the destruction.
Comment: re: Apple drops two senior execs - 10/30/2012
Steve Jobs’s 260-foot iYacht sets sail
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/30/2012   3 comments
A little more than a year after Apple co-founder’s death, a yacht he helped design has been spotted floating in Dutch waters, near the city of Aalsmeer.
Gadget guts? Try these for graphic graphics
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/29/2012   3 comments
As we become more and more attached to electronic devices, Peitersen’s art imagines devices taking on a whole biological being of their own, as grotesque as that may be at first glance.
Incredible Lego: great ball contraption
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10/29/2012   Post a comment
The Great Ball Contraption (GBC) was built by a Japanese mechanical engineer Akiyuki, in his house over the course of two years. Or a total of a whopping 600 hours in construction time.
Engineering Gangnam style
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10/26/2012   Post a comment
Gagnam Style, the Korean Pop sensation taking the world by storm, has moved its catchy beat up to the next level--artificial intelligence dancing robot style.
Engineering in crisis? The reasons why
10/25/2012   22 comments
Readers react to the notion that there are a lot of unfilled engineering jobs in the U.S.
Engineering talent deficit: Are you the problem or solution?
10/24/2012   26 comments
U.S. colleges are simply not spitting out enough computer scientists and electrical engineers to meet the sheer demand
Scratching the Surface: Microsoft’s Apple Envy and failure of Windows RT
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/22/2012   17 comments
The Redmond-based software giant is blazing a new trail in an attempt to stay relevant in an increasingly Apple/Google-centric device world. While the rationale for Microsoft’s change is sound, the two divergent paths being taken is turning the PC eco-system on its head, as the firm prepares for war not only with Apple, but with the very customers who helped build its software empire.
8-bit zombie tee of my dreams (nightmares)
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/20/2012   4 comments
Halloween attire in scary low resolution
SNL tech talk touches raw nerve?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/17/2012   6 comments
Saturday night live is known for its risqué comedy, and its latest sketch a “tech talk” on the iPhone 5 proved no exception.
How to cripple a country: Electromagnetic pulse attacks
10/16/2012   27 comments
While no one can argue that the threat of a nuclear bomb obliterating a city (or country) is devastating, the threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack may be similarly harmful and incredibly destructive, according to some experts.
Engineer solves Cinderella glass slipper dilemma
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/12/2012   17 comments
Once upon a time, there lived a mechanical engineer who pondered a question that has bothered intelligent, curious children for years. Namely, what qualities would the glass in Cinderella’s slippers need to have in order for her to walk and dance comfortably (and hold her weight)?
Why can't good engineers get good jobs?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/10/2012   67 comments
Are online job applications more of a hindrance than a help? Was your dream job easier to land before the’s, Careerbuilder’s and Google got involved? And is job software filtering good people out for the most minor reasons?
Great balls of robot
Engineering Pop Culture!  
10/9/2012   2 comments
Simple looking on the outside, wildly complex on the inside, but mostly just a whole lot of fun to play with, Sphero from robotics company, Orbotix, is rolling full speed ahead.
JellyBean 4.1.2 rolling out
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10/9/2012   Post a comment
Google started rolling out Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) very stealthily Tuesday morning.
Xi3: Most un-boring desktop PC ever
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10/8/2012   12 comments
If you thought the desktop computer was dead, think again. Hardware startup Xi3 says it’s on a mission to “change the way computers are built, serviced and upgraded,” by eliminating obsolescence and stuffing as much into a tiny, gorgeous little cube as it can. Welcome to modular computing at its cutest.
The singularity: machine made cocktails
10/5/2012   8 comments
Powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 microprocessor project board, the Inebriator is designed to make it almost effortless to mix up perfect cocktails in seconds without the hassle of having to look up ingredients or carefully measure out spirits and mixers.
Security the main challenge for wireless?
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
10/5/2012   6 comments
Wireless technology still has huge challenges ahead of it according to Intel’s chief technology officer, Justin Rattner.
Will crowdfunding solar projects work?
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10/3/2012   6 comments
Mosaic, an online marketplace connecting investors to solar projects, announced it has come up with funding for its 6th large solar project in rather unusual fashion… by crowdsourcing it, Kickstarter style.
August's caption contest winner announced!
Design Contests & Competitions  
10/1/2012   Post a comment
As we leave behind the sweltering summer months and prepare ourselves for the oncoming arctic chill of winter, I am mindful of the fact that there is some unfinished business to be settled here at EE Life; namely, August’s caption contest.
Caption Contest: Caveman on board
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10/1/2012   54 comments
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