Link Dump 12/10

Let’s keep talking down, so you can get straight to the best engineering and computer science links on the web!

The RYNO electric bike is a one-wheeled motorcycle whose creator lives in Portland!

Link Dump 11/16

We’ll keep talking to a minimum today; just enjoy these awesome engineering and CS links!

  • If you want proof that the inventor of the Segway is actually a cool guy, check out his latest project, SLINGSHOT, which is designed to provide clean water around the world.
  • We posted on our Facebook page, an automatic book scanner that Google engineers built using a vacuum. Just recently, Google made their project open-source.
  • If you’re looking to improve your Google-fu, here’s a great way: “You Google Wrong,” an article about ways to improve your Google-fu. Good Googling skills are essential for everyone—especially programmers who need to look for an answer quickly.
  • Read about a girl with severe Autism, who is now able to communicate thanks to tablet PCs.
  • Laser harps are pretty cool, but only if you listen to them with graphene speakers. We love talking about graphene.
  • Read and watch about how Portal 2 is coming to be used to teach math and physics.
  • If you’re concerned with privacy rights and user data—like what’s been going on with Facebook recently—check out the User Data Manifesto, a ‘.org’ website which aims to establish basic privacy rights for everyone on the internet.

Link Dump 10/19

We’re going to keep talking to a minimum so you can enjoy some of the finest engineering and computer science links on the internet today!

Link Dump 9/28

Nothing to say today, folks. Just enjoy a few of the best engineering and computer science links around, this lovely Friday!

Link Dump 7/27

Nothing to say; just enjoy some great engineering and computer science links!

  • Let’s start out with a video of a robot which juggles 5 balls almost flawlessly. Turn the volume down because it’s noisy.
  • Some local news: someone sued Portland Public Schools to remove Wi-Fi on the basis that it exposes kids to radiation. The judge dismissed the case, knowing that unless you’re pressing the Wi-Fi antenna right up against your body, nothing’s going to happen. That’s because of the spectrum of radio waves Wi-Fi uses and the power at which it’s transmitted.
  • The infuriatingly cute CryptoCat logo

    Watch this fascinating video (from 1930!) of gears in motion.
  • Mathematicians, inspired by the rules of Sudoku puzzles, develop a new way to encrypt images. Cool!
  • A great blog which shoots down sensationalized news with reason and science, Unreasonably Dangerous Onion Rings, posted this great article about a proposed underground vacuum-rail, which news companies hyped by saying you could get from L.A. to New York in 45 minutes.
  • Finally (we love this so  much that we had to post on Facebook too), read about a 21 year old college student who programmed an amazingly simple encrypted-chat website which is also so highly-secured that people thought it would be impossible to make: CryptoCat.

Link dump 6/29

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good link dump, so check out these awesome CS and engineering blurbs from across the internet!

Here's a US Navy photo of the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone. A drone like this was hacked by UT.

This is what DARPA’s Zombie Satellite program aims to do.

Link Dump 5/31

Check out these awesome engineering and computer science links!

  • The Federation of American Scientists has made a pretty fun defense game, called Immune Defense, still in beta. It’s not your traditional defense game, since you control white blood cells. The first couple levels are kind of slow, but things get really intense later on. A nice meld of biology and programming!
  • Screenshot of the intro to Immune Defense. This game gets really intense when you have 5 white blood cells fighting off hundreds of E-Coli cells!

    If you’re up for a long, interesting read, look at this Economist article about “robot ethics.” The Economist is a great magazine to read, about international affairs and other interesting things (like this)

  • A nice Tumblr blog which gives short spiels on different areas of science and math. Talks about things like comets, dendrochronology (study of tree rings), and innoculations.
  • Awesome TEDx talk about an electric go-cart. Just give it a watch.
  • If you’re interested in art, read this article about a graduate-level engineering program which seek to integrate engineering with art.
  • 3D printing is awesome, but as it becomes more popular, engineers who will use it need to start thinking about the legal implications of 3D printing, like copyright.
  • Are you reading this on a school or library computer? Save up a little money and buy one of these 8 cheapest computers in the world. That way you can program anywhere you want!
  • A little strange, but pretty cool: text-message controlled espresso machine. This is the kind of thing you can do with some computer science kung-fu and a smartphone!