NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Takes Second Flight

The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity flew higher and longer in its second flight on Mars.

#engineering-and-engineers, #helicopters, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #space-and-astronomy

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Racist Computer Engineering Words: ‘Master,’ ‘Slave’ and the Fight Over Offensive Terms

Nearly a year after the Internet Engineering Task Force took up a plan to replace words that could be considered racist, the debate is still raging.

#cerf-vinton-g, #computers-and-the-internet, #engineering-and-engineers, #internet-engineering-task-force, #open-source-software, #standards-and-standardization, #world-wide-web-consortium

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Malcolm Cecil, Synthesizer Pioneer, Is Dead at 84

His massive machine, known as TONTO, helped transform the music in Stevie Wonder’s mind into classic albums like “Innervisions.”

#cecil-malcolm-1937-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #margouleff-robert, #music, #musical-instruments, #synthesizers, #wonder-stevie

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Kenneth C. Kelly, Champion of Desegregation in California, Dies at 94

When Mr. Kelly, an engineer, wasn’t designing ways to communicate with spacecraft, he was opening doors for Black families to move into the San Fernando Valley.

#black-people, #california, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #kelly-kenneth-c-1928-2021, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-fernando-valley-calif, #schulz-charles-m, #segregation-and-desegregation

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Stephen Bechtel Jr., 95, Dies; Led Family’s Giant Engineering Firm

He modernized the Bechtel Group as it oversaw construction on scores of megaprojects, including the Bay Area transit system and Saudi Arabia’s Jubail Industrial City.

#bay-area-rapid-transit, #bechtel-group, #building-construction, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #stephen-d-bechtel-jr

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Allan McDonald Dies at 83; Tried to Stop the Challenger Launch

An engineer for the maker of the shuttle’s booster rockets, he opposed letting it take off, worried that cold weather might affect them. He was right.

#boisjoly-roger-mark-1938-2012, #challenger-space-shuttle, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #mcdonald-allan-j, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-shuttles, #thiokol-corp

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Rupert Neve, the Father of Modern Studio Recording, Dies at 94

His equipment became the industry standard and influenced the sound of groups like Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Chicago and the Who.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #foo-fighters, #grohl-david, #music, #neve-rupert-1926-2021, #recording-equipment

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Leslie Robertson, Who Engineered the World Trade Center, Dies at 92

He remained proud of the towers, which stood long enough for thousands to escape on 9/11, but carried with him “a troubled heart.”

#architecture, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #robertson-leslie-e, #september-11-2001, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

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George Carruthers, Whose Telescopes Explored Space, Dies at 81

At a time when there were few other Black astrophysicists, he developed a telescopic device that went to the moon on Apollo 16.

#apollo-project, #black-people, #carruthers-george-1939-2020, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #race-and-ethnicity, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories

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Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism

The creation of the union, a rarity in Silicon Valley, follows years of increasing outspokenness by Google workers. Executives have struggled to handle the change.

#alphabet-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #collective-bargaining, #communications-workers-of-america, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #engineering-and-engineers, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #pichai-sundar

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‘A Slap in the Face’: The Pandemic Disrupts Young Oil Careers

Students and recent graduates struggle to get hired as the oil industry cuts tens of thousands of jobs, some of which may never come back.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #careers-and-professions, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #engineering-and-engineers, #geology, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #rice-university, #texas, #university-of-texas-at-austin

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Tech Solution Gives Blind Runner Hope to Run Free of a Guide

A blind runner issued a challenge to technologists last year to find a way for him to run safely without a guide. They did.

#blindness, #content-type-personal-profile, #engineering-and-engineers, #google-inc, #guiding-eyes-for-the-blind, #innovation, #mobile-applications, #panek-thomas, #running, #service-dogs-and-other-animals

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Roiled by Election, Facebook Struggles to Balance Civility and Growth

Employees and executives are battling over how to reduce misinformation and hate speech without hurting the company’s bottom line.

#computers-and-the-internet, #engineering-and-engineers, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

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52 Years Later, IBM Apologizes for Firing Transgender Woman

Lynn Conway was one of the company’s most promising young computer engineers but after confiding to supervisors that she was transgender, they fired her.

#apologies, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #conway-lynn-1938, #discrimination, #engineering-and-engineers, #international-business-machines-corporation, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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As Climate Disasters Pile Up, a Radical Proposal Gains Traction

The idea of modifying Earth’s atmosphere to cool the planet, once seen as too risky to seriously consider, is attracting new money and attention.

#engineering-and-engineers, #geoengineering, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #research

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New Airport, Beleaguered Symbol of ‘Irreverent’ Berlin, Is Opening at Long Last

Nine years late and $4 billion over budget, the airport is already outdated. Repeated blunders dented the image of German efficiency, but the “poor but sexy” capital has long been a bit different.

#airports, #berlin-germany, #berlin-brandenburg-international-airport, #cold-war-era, #engineering-and-engineers, #germany, #kornblum-john-c, #politics-and-government

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NASA OSIRIS-REX Mission Springs Leak After Touching Asteroid

The OSIRIS-REX spacecraft collected rock and dirt samples from Bennu, but it appears to be losing some of what it grabbed.

#asteroids, #engineering-and-engineers, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #osiris-rex, #research, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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When Start-Ups Go Into the Garage (or Sometimes the Living Room)

Labs closed in the pandemic, but innovation doesn’t stop. So while some workers have the home office, engineers have the garage.

#batteries, #cerebras-systems, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #engineering-and-engineers, #innovation, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #natron-energy, #relocation-of-business, #shutdowns-institutional, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #voyage

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The Pros and Cons of Being a Hammerhead Shark

A new study suggests that the ocean’s strangest-looking headgear is difficult to tote around.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #engineering-and-engineers, #oceans-and-seas, #physics, #research, #sharks, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Chevy’s Little Engine That Could

For six decades, a small-block Chevy has powered the dreams of hot-rodders and Corvettes, and plenty of other cars, even a Ford Mustang.

#antique-and-classic-cars, #automobile-racing, #automobiles, #chevrolet-division-of-general-motors-corp, #engineering-and-engineers, #engines

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Your Hot-Weather Guide to Coronavirus, Air-Conditioning and Airflow

Indoor air is riskier than outdoor air. So what do you do if it’s really hot out?

#air-conditioning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #engineering-and-engineers, #windows, #world-health-organization

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NASA Mars Helicopter Will Be Red Planet’s ‘Wright Brothers Moment’

As part of its next Mars mission, NASA is sending an experimental helicopter to fly through the red planet’s thin atmosphere.

#aung-mimi, #engineering-and-engineers, #helicopters, #innovation, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #space-and-astronomy

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Watch These Rover Models Wiggle Out of Alien Sand Traps

A choreography of swimming, walking and rolling could help future rovers avoid getting stuck in loose soil on the moon or Mars.

#bluethmann-william, #engineering-and-engineers, #goldman-daniel-i, #mars-planet, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #science-robotics-journal, #shrivastava-siddharth, #space-and-astronomy

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What’s the Sweetest, Crispiest Way to Stay Safe in a Car Crash?

It’s made with marshmallows, too.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #cereals, #engineering-and-engineers, #research, #rice-krispies, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Antarctica vs. Science

For researchers using delicate, one-of-a-kind equipment, the extreme conditions at the bottom of the planet pose special challenges.

#accidents-and-safety, #antarctic-regions, #engineering-and-engineers, #ice, #meteors-and-meteorites, #research, #science-and-technology, #south-pole, #your-feed-science

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The Hidden Feats That Built New York’s Towering Skyscrapers

The ingenuity of engineers helped build landmarks like Black Rock and the new supertalls. Our critic takes a virtual tour with Guy Nordenson.

#1-world-trade-center-manhattan-ny, #architecture, #att-inc, #buildings-structures, #cbs-corporation, #eiffel-gustave-1832-1923, #engineering-and-engineers, #fuller-buckminster, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #johnson-philip, #manhattan-nyc, #mies-van-der-rohe-ludwig, #national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture, #noguchi-isamu, #park-avenue-manhattan-ny, #piano-renzo, #saarinen-eero, #skidmore-owingsmerrill, #steel-and-iron, #wind, #woolworth-building-manhattan-ny, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

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NY Needed Ventilators for Coronavirus. They Developed One in a Month.

The pandemic inspired an innovative project to design and make a low-cost ventilator in weeks, not years.

#boyce-technologies-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #engineering-and-engineers, #epidemics, #factories-and-manufacturing, #marcel-botha, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #medical-devices, #scott-cohen, #shortages, #spiro-wave, #ventilators-medical

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Women in Science: Hidden Figures, Like Katherine Johnson

In my years in NASA and since, I’ve seen the untapped potential of women, particularly women of color.

#engineering-and-engineers, #gender, #jemison-mae-c, #johnson-katherine-1918, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #race, #space-and-astronomy, #women-and-girls

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