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2011: 'Scope Out happenings at Cincinnati Observatory. Home of world's oldest telescope still used nightly.
Dean Regas, Outreach Astronomer of the historic observatory can be seen guest hosting PBS's Stargazer segment, made famous by the late Jack Horkheimer.



January 10-13, 2012:
International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Feb 9-10, 2011:
NASA Project Management Challenge 2011, "Explore and Inspire". For information go to their website. http://pmchallenge.gsfc.nasa.gov/

June 9&10, 2011: 7th annual
NY Tech Summit for IT professionals

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Robotic arm shaped like an elephant's trunk (w/ Video)

News and Bits:

What (or Who?!) is "Watson"?
Watson, IBM's super computer, headlines in print, TV, and eMedia. USA Today covers Watson's debut on Jeopardy. IBM has bigger plans than just fun and games for Watson.

Engineers of Robotics often take their inspiration from nature. Such as Germany's Festo company's robotic arm was inpired by the elephant's trunk. They also have projects inspired by Jelly fish, Rays and Penguins. Their Bionic Learning Network supports innovation with a cooperation between companies, universities, institutes, and development companies. (See illustration above.)

Pubs & Cafes have been capitalizing on our thirst for science knowledge by serving up lectures on science topics with the ususual beverages. Sort of like a current day take on the old Salons.  Tracy Loew of USA Today reported on this trend January 23, 2011. Check out Brown's Towne Lounge in Salem, OR. Loew quotes Jennifer Larese, outreach coordinator of NOVAscienceNOW, who said science pubs started in at least 27 cities last year.

Google has had to up the ante with 10% raises to keep it's talent from jumping ship to some of the other tempting internet companies like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. According to an article in Wall Street Journal on November 11, 2010, annual salaries for engineers typically start at $120,ooo in that area, but a recent hire is now being offered $175,000 by the companies that  had lost out originally.

Cool Engineers just checked out the new IMAX Hubble movie. Amazing stuff. We want to know more about how they produced the effect of traveling through space. Read more about Ultra Deep Field, and the thousands of galaxies discovered with the images Hubble produced. Hard to believe Nasa launched Hubble 20 years ago.

Put your engineering innovations to the test. NASA is offering the NASA Centennial Challenges. Get all of the details at their website.  There are 3 new challenges, announced July 13: Nano-Satellite Launch, Night Rover, and Sample Return Robot Challenges. These are the first since 2005.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/ipp/innovation_incubator/centennial_challenges/index.html

NASA's site has information about other challenges, too. http://www.nasa.gov/offices/ipp/innovation_incubator/centennial_challenges/other_prize_competitions.html

The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy announced the launch of its new website on Sept. 7, 2010. Check it out .  They are offering prizes as an incentive to spur on US innovation.  We like a good competition, it gets the creative juices pumping. Remember the space race? (OK, maybe you're too young, but perhaps you read about it. We first landed men on the moon back in 1969, how about now building a space station on the moon? )http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pressroom

CoolEngineers had a chance to visit the Museum of Science  in Boston, Massachusetts. Very Cool! We highly recommend it if you will be in that area.  Check out the Lightning Show. We even liked the old time display of dozens of gears and joints. Cool temporary exhibits, like Inside the Mind of M.C. Escher, etc.

Read the September 2010 issue of Popular Science ? We enjoyed the PopSci Goes to College section. Articles on Cool Colleges, Annual Scouting Guide to the top High-school Inventors, and the 10 Best Jobs of the Future were all interesting.

Speaking of Colleges, US News & World Reports publishes their list of the Top Colleges. You can filter for criteria like Majors.

Here's an easy way to lose a day: Popular Science Archive. They have put its entire archive on the web.

8/22/10: Cool Innovation! Talk about thinking outside the box! China is working on a "Straddling Bus" that can rise above the vehicle traffic on existing  roads. There would be fixed routes, but no need for extensive elevated tracks or tunnels to be built, because the vehicle itself has stilts that carry the wide passenger compartment. It could carry up to 1,200 passengers. This is reported by Bettina Wassener and Andrea Deng of The New York Times.

Travel to see cool examples of Architectural Engineering in person. Check out the cool buildings in Dubai. They have many world class hotels as well. Australia has many great examples of architecture, too.
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