Japan Needs a Lot More Tech Workers. Can It Find a Place for Women?

The country is pushing to digitally modernize itself, but one of the developed world’s starkest gender gaps is holding it back.

#computers-and-the-internet, #engineering-and-engineers, #japan, #labor-and-jobs, #science-and-technology, #suga-yoshihide, #women-and-girls

Apollo 15 Anniversary: 50 Years Ago, NASA Put a Car on the Moon

The lunar rovers of Apollo 15, 16 and 17 parked American automotive culture on the lunar surface, and expanded the scientific range of the missions’ astronaut explorers.

#apollo-project, #automobiles, #boeing-company, #engineering-and-engineers, #general-motors, #geology, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #space-and-astronomy

Possible Failure Point Emerges in Miami Building Collapse

Some engineers looking at the failure of a 13-story condo tower in Florida said the collapse appeared to have begun somewhere near the bottom of the building.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #concrete, #engineering-and-engineers, #florida, #national-institute-of-standards-and-technology, #surfside-fla, #surfside-fla-building-collapse-2021

Mexico’s President Says Carlos Slim Might Help Rebuild Collapsed Metro Line

A New York Times investigation found that poor work by Mr. Slim’s company led to the fatal accident. Mr. Slim may be willing to help fix it, but it is not clear if he would pay the costs.

#accidents-and-safety, #engineering-and-engineers, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-train-crash-may-2021, #new-york-city, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #slim-helu-carlos, #subways

Building a Cantilever

Towers with sections that extend into the open air seem to defy gravity. Here are a few ways architects and engineers make it happen.

#architecture, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #engineering-and-engineers, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Flat Pasta That Turns Into 3-D Shapes — Just Add Boiling Water

The engineers are in the kitchen, again.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #engineering-and-engineers, #pasta, #research, #science-advances-journal, #your-feed-science

Al Schmitt, Maestro of Recorded Sound, Is Dead at 91

The winner of multiple Grammys, he engineered or produced records by Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane and many others.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #grammy-awards, #jefferson-airplane-music-group, #krall-diana, #music, #schmitt-al-1930-2021

Erica Chang, Motivated by the Pandemic to Help, Dies at 24

Armed with degrees in biomedicine and engineering, she wanted to administer health care. Her Covid-19 death came just five days before her father’s.

#chang-erica-1996-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #engineering-and-engineers, #texas-am-university

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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