Archive:July, 2011

July 29th, 2011

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to (Channel) Surf Again

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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This Sunday, Discovery Network’s Shark Week lunges and thrashes into your living room, leaving a predictably satisfying body count. This ritual promises to get a parched, drought-ridden nation through the long, dog-days of summer—and delivers.

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July 28th, 2011

World’s First 3D-Printed Plane Takes to the Skies

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
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Scientists have successfully flown the world’s first 3D printed plane. Created entirely with printing technology, the plane went from design to completion in one week. Thanks to its novel manufacturing process, it has no fasteners and even its moving parts were printed all at once.

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July 27th, 2011

Tonight, British Physicist Brian Cox Premieres Discovery’s Series “Wonder of the Universe”

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Tonight, Professor Brian Cox, boyish, charming, and accessible, is hosting a new four-part show called Wonders of the Universe on The Discovery Science Channel (see a short segment from show two in the right-hand window). What makes Cox so special? He’s what you get when you cross a former British […]

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July 26th, 2011

EnviroMission to Build 2625-Foot-Tall Solar Tower in Arizona Desert

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Skeptics once dismissed EnviroMission’s desert Solar Tower as a visionary mirage, but now the huge energy project is on the verge of becoming reality, and, someday a world-class tourist magnet. Once completed, construction will begin on the project’s 2,625-foot tower—just 390 feet shy of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Delivering power by 2015, its 200-megawatt capacity will feed the grid with enough energy for 150,000 US homes.

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July 25th, 2011

T-Shirt Design Competition for 2011 AIChE Annual Student Conference

By June Lee | Comments (0)
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Are you a student member of AIChE?

Regardless of whether you’re attending the 2011 AIChE Annual Student Conference in Minneapolis, you can be a part of the annual event.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities & Iowa State University (the hosts of this year’s student conference) invite you to submit your creative designs […]

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July 25th, 2011

Would you Wear Spray-On Clothes? [Video + Poll]

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Spanish designer Manel Torres worked closely with Professor Paul Luckham, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in London to create the world’s first Spray-on clothes.

Watch chemicals become haute couture in the video panel on the right, or watch a more technical video on Imperial College’s site.  So what do these […]

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July 22nd, 2011

2011 International Congress on Energy: Sustaining Supplies

By John Vasko | Comments (0)
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The second annual International Congress on Energy commences October 16 the the Minneapolis Convention Center. It’s organized by the Center of Energy Initiatives (CEI), the Institute for Sustainability (IFS), the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) and AIChE.

The congress feature more than 100 sessions related to technology, markets, business strategies and […]

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July 22nd, 2011

Lignin? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Lignin! Statoil’s New Biofuel Feedstock– Seaweed

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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In the race to develop greener energy, no self-respecting global oil company wants to be left behind. They’re already bulking up on natural gas. Recently, French oil major Total has invested in solar cell maker SunPower; meanwhile Shell, Exxon, and Chevron have invested hundreds of millions in biofuel technology, and BP has added biofuels to wind.

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July 21st, 2011

2011 AIChE Annual Student Conference

By John Vasko | Comments (0)
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The 2011 AIChE Annual Student Conference will be hosted by the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and Iowa State University. Registration is OPEN!

Students from across the world and more than 100 schools come together to celebrate the Chemical Engineering profession. The event consists of four days of education, career information and […]

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July 21st, 2011

135 Space Shuttle Missions in 8 Minutes

By Douglas Clark | Comments (3)
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The early-morning landing at Cape Kennedy today marked the last space shuttle mission. As a tribute to this 30-year program that came to an end today, Nature created a short video that encapsulates all 135 space shuttle missions in just 8 minutes. You can view it in the video panel […]

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