Archive:February, 2011

February 28th, 2011

Nanomesh Turns Sewage into Drinking Water

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nanomesh for filtering water

Last week Steve Forbes of Forbes Magazine spoke with tech guru George Gilder to discuss amazing various new technologies. One particularly fascinating technology he highlighted, according to a report on’s blog, was a mesh capable of filtering impurities from sewage to create potable water. To see a time-lapse video of […]

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February 25th, 2011

PBS’s Design Squad Nation Featured on Jeopardy! February 25

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PBS Design Squad Nation

If you’re a fan of PBS’s program Design Squad Nation, you’ll be pleased to hear that Jeopardy! will be featuring an entire Design Squad Nation category this evening in honor of National Engineers Week.

Design Squad Nation is made possible in part by AIChE through its participation in the United Engineering […]

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February 25th, 2011

2011 Draper Prize Awarded to Frances Arnold and Willem P. C. Stemmer

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AIChE and SBE member Frances Arnold shares the 2011 Charles Stark Draper Prize with Willem P. C. Stemmer, founder and CEO of Amunix Inc. Just as National Engineers Week comes to a close, The Draper Prize—considered the Nobel Prize for engineers—comes with a $500,000 cash award in addition to recognition […]

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February 24th, 2011

Online College Science Courses: Where to Find Them– Starting at MIT

By Kent Harrington | Comments (2)
2011 2 17 Computer_keyboard

Chances are, if you’re a chemical engineer who loves the profession and the whole science life style, then you love exploring new science domains. It’s often difficult, however, to fit an extra college commute into your schedule. Don’t live near a good university? Forget about it.

Besides, at your age (if […]

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February 23rd, 2011

The Principle of Fail-Safe

By Peter Herena | Comments (4)
Engineering carnival rides for principle of fail-safe

Recently, I had the occasion to ponder the principle of fail-safe while whirling around at breakneck speeds 20 feet off the ground. Since nothing works perfectly forever—including terrifying carnival rides—it’s reassuring to know that the principle of fail-safe takes this simple fact of life into account.

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February 22nd, 2011

South Texas Section Announces First YPGiving Recipient

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South Texas Section STS AICHE - Nicholas Hoeft

A few weeks ago, the South Texas Section (STS) announced the launch of itsYPGiving program for young professionals and students in the Houston area. STS is AIChE’s oldest local section serving the Greater Houston area.

If you missed it, STS’s new YPGiving initiative rewards the best new ideas from young […]

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February 22nd, 2011

Nanoparticle versus Cancer

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)

Whenever cancer is discussed, a familiar phrase is often heard: the earlier it’s caught, the better the chances of survival. Early detection is the next best thing to avoiding cancer altogether, and now researchers are hoping to have discovered a safe, new method of detection that relies on a newcomer in the fight for early detection: the nanoparticle. More specifically, MIT’s Tech Review reported last week that researchers are beginning early-stage clinical trials on infrared-emiting nanoparticles that they hope will prove effective in detecting early-stage melanoma.

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February 21st, 2011

Three Wikipedias?

By Cory Jensen | Comments (5)

It really bothers me when I see engineering students working on homework that rely upon computer-based references for equations. Not that I am trying to be an old codger and splash waves among current generations of students, but I remember how important it used to be to use and cite […]

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February 18th, 2011

Do-It-Yourself Fractals Coming to the Web

By Kent Harrington | Comments (4)

Tom Beddard, a web developer and designer with a PhD in laser physics, has combined his math and science expertise with his visual abilities in a new Web-based program that creates gorgeous 3D fractal worlds. Take a look at the sample video in the panel to the right.

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February 17th, 2011

A Day Without Chemistry

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2011 International Year of Chemistry Cartoon animation

What would the world be like without chemistry? A short animation created by the American Chemical Society (ACS) shares one humorous take on all that we owe to chemistry. The animation was created to celebrate 2011, the International Year of Chemistry (IYC). Check it out in the video panel at right.

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