We’re not gonna talk much today. Instead, have some of today’s coolest engineering links on the internet!
- Hay, here’s an interesting TED talk. It’s got some whole-grain content. It’s about hay as the next green revolution in energy. Sounds silly, but it’s not just for horses.
There was another TED talk circulating a little while ago about a nature-inspired bird machine. Well, here’s an article about it, and how it attracted a flock of real seagulls when they took it out for a test drive.
- An interesting article about how technology might invoke evolution-like changes in our species over just a couple generations, as opposed to several thousands of years. Can we engineer how we want to be?
- This guy designed and build his own Wall-E robot, and programmed it to respond to commands. He breaks it down enough that you might even be able to make your own!
- Important for future software and networking engineers: you might remember a while ago that the US converted entirely to digital tv signals. That left a lot of unused radio frequencies. Really good ones, because old TV signals could be broadcast over wide ranges. Well, IEEE just released a new standard for those unused frequency that will allow wireless networking as fast as 22Mbps, with a radius of about 60 miles. Compare that to your home wifi, which is probably 100Mbps, but only a couple hundred feet at most.
- Scientists are using videogames to prove that we need to attach cars directly to our brains to prevent wrecks. What about that sentence isn’t awesome? Want to design cars? You’re probably going to have to deal with this.
- Here’s a good one. Some MIT engineers come up with a way to make solar panels which don’t use sunlight. They use heat to generate light to generate power. Creative!