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Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering

Check out the latest from Henry Petroski whom many revere as the bard of engineering as he tells the stories of significant and daring enterprises in their historical and technological contexts. FROM Barnes & Noble EDITORS Books like The Evolution of Useful Things and Pencil have earned Henry Petroski the nicknames of the bard of engineering and America's poet laureate of technology. He displays...

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Light Friday: So, a Frenchman, an Englishman and a Texan Are Captured by Cannibals

Gleaned from many months of 'round-the-clock efforts by a global staff of highly respected researchers, here is this week's assortment of news and (hopefully) mood-lighteners. Oh, a couple of the items even relate to engineering. Anyway, a Frenchman, and Englishman and a Texan Are Captured by Cannibals. The chief comes to them and says, The bad news is that now that we've caught you, we're going...

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Will Katrina, Rita, and Shell Oil Revive Oil Shale Possibilities?

In an eerily similar and all too familiar set of circumstances, Gulf Coast refineries were being shutdown again yesterday and oil and gas workers were being evacuated, this time because of Hurricane Rita and her now Cat 5 wallop. According to this article from ABC News… About 14 percent of U.S. oil refining capacity by Wednesday night was shut as a precaution before Hurricane Rita strikes land...

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Last Call: Submit Your Entries for a Control Room Makeover!

(I avoid the use of exclamation points, but this is exciting stuff.) Yes, I'm serious: a Control Room Makeover. Now is your last chance to submit your entry for a chance to win. Following in the footsteps of Reality TV shows in recent years, Foxboro is offering a Control Room Makeover to one lucky winner who will be announced at next month's ISA Show in Chicago (Oct. 25-27,2005). The control room...

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Extreme Engineering: Sometimes, Things ARE Rocket Science

Werner von Braun was a key element in the U.S. Space Program. Fast Forwarding to the present, IBM has recognized that U.S. students train behind their international peers from Bangalore to Beijing in math and science test scores. With the U.S. announcing a moon mission for 2018, we're going to need a cargo hold-full of math and science wizards. Hitler's SS and Gestapo arrested von Braun for...

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Hurricane Katrina: Helping

Friday's article presented a couple of links to lists of organizations seeking donations and volunteers to help those affected by the Hurricane Katrina Disaster. Here are those organizations compiled from those and other sources for easier reference. Most include links and phone numbers. (In the interest of time, the list is only loosely alphabetized and quickly formatted.) Please note that...

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Light(er) Friday: Wooden Ducks, Confused Canadians, Cabbies in Shorts, Entrepreneurial Spies, and Much, Much More

Here's this week's Bizarro World mix of All the News That's Probably Not Fit to Print (along with some serious stuff)… Sometimes, things are easy. Sometimes, an 80 year-old woman beats you with a wooden duck. My Name's Earl Thelma Tillery promised her grandson that she would skydive upon turning a young 85 years of age. She kept her promise, parachuting tandem-style at a local skydiving center....

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Space Engineering on a Budget: A Really Tight Budget

Look who's joining the Space Race: Romania, Columbia, and...a high school in San Jose? In today's economy, it is becoming evident that a significant upgrading or activation of underutilized intellectual skills will be necessary to effectively engage the newer technologies. Statement of Alan Greenspan, before the Committee on Education and the Workforce U.S. House of Representatives September 21,...

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Just What Exactly is the Army Corps of Engineers?

With three out of five sentences during the Hurricane Katrina disaster including the term Army Corps of Engineers, I realized that I didn't know what that was. Um, engineers in civil engineering? I knew that they engineered and built levees and jetties, for instance, but considering the disaster, I wanted to know more. The Corps' history, according to Wikipedia, reaches all the way back to George...

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Functional Matters: Hurricane Katrina and the Supply Chain

Woven into the innumerable tragedies that we as a nation face with every news report, Katrina not only tore apart many lives, but also the infrastructures that will help survivors continue not only to live, but to rebuild. Schneider National, the 'largest full-load carrier' in the nation, has published an 'emergency edition of their newsletter, called Transit Times (Reader Marc Newman of WIT...

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