The prevalence of head injuries is the dark side of football. Now a University of Michigan engineering lab is installing sensors inside helmets which can help measure impact and spot potential brain injuries that might go undetected.
Five years ago, Paul and T.J. delighted the Internet with An Engineer's Guide to Cats, a deadpan examination of the art and science of cats. Now the pair are back, measuring feline-borne crotch pressure, checking kitty aspect ratio, and applying more corporal cuddling—this time aided by autotune.
Everybody knows that the engineers are the ones who keep everything going in a science fiction story. They're the ones who make the ship fly. They build the megastructures. They make the spinning things spin and the jumping things jump. And some of the coolest engineers and designers in science fiction just happen to…
Most diary comics are kept by, well, cartoonists, and those cartoonists rarely have scientific day jobs. But Angela Melick's a mechanical engineer as well as an amateur cartoonist, and many of the entries in her Wasted Talent webcomic focus on the small joys of efficiency and rooms filled with geeky coworkers.
Microsoft is trying to hire new employees by luring them with god's greatest creation, the devil's most delicious treat and man's greatest love: bacon. They've set up a bacon cart (!) outside of Amazon's offices and will give away free bacon to everyone. EAT BACON, WORK MICROSOFT.
Yesterday, daring structural engineers went up the Washington Monument and rappelled down the monolith to inspect each individual stone for any damage that happened during the earthquake. It looks ball shrinkingly fun.
A pair of former Boeing engineers are building an escape pod that would let people ride out the worst of a Tsunami inside a giant ball. The Tsunami capsules could hit the market in two years with a price tag as low as $1000.
Roller coasters make you feel like you're living life on the edge! But in reality, they're controlled—every ride is the same. But what if it was different? What if rides would go faster when you got scared?
Rube Goldberg contraptions are cool no matter what—but getting one to mechanize dinosaurs, WWII, the Cold War, and the 2012 apocalypse is extra icing. Extra extra icing is the machine's 244 steps—a new world record for convoluted mechanisms.
What a coincidence: On June 23—exactly when you first reported about the iPhone 4's antenna problem, Apple posts multiple request for antenna engineers for the iPhone. Too late? Too soon? Let the conspiracy theories begin.
It's taken me a couple of days for me to understand the wet sickness I felt in response to all the post-iPad whining, until it finally came up in a sputtering lump: disgust.
Google has figured out that it can save money by getting product ideas from users rather than engineers. After all, you can't pay engineers in "shout outs" on their blogs like they're offering for users.