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Monthly Archives: September 2011
A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. We highly recommend you select 1080p, let the video load and watch this in full screen. Absolutely breathtaking! Flying over Earth
Take an old turntable, set a crucible of kerosene in the middle, surround it with a three-foot cylinder of aluminum mesh and then turn it on. What you get, according to William Gurstelle (BSME, ’78) is a wicked-cool flame.
“It creates its own weather system on top of the turntable,” says Gurstelle. “It’s a really thin pencil-like flame higher than the screen and it’s amazing to look at.”
This, and a host of other adventures are included in Gurstelle’s latest book, “The Practical Pyromaniac,” which details projects from the relatively simple to what Gurstelle calls ‘quite involved.’ At the same time, the book explores the history of fire and explains how our understanding of it has evolved.
“We use fire everyday but we don’t really understand it. If you ask ten different people what fire is, you’ll get ten different answers,” he says. “The right answer is that it’s a chemical reaction. It’s a high-temperature self-sustaining chemical reaction between oxygen and a hydrocarbon fuel producing water and carbon dioxide. That’s not a very satisfying answer so, with my book the idea is to really understand fire by playing with it.” (more…)
This year’s Engineers’ Day will be held on Friday, October 14. The day begins with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby of Engineering Hall and seminars starting at 8:45 a.m. in Room 1800 Engineering Hall. The evening reception, banquet and awards ceremony will be held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. Visit the Engineers’ Day website for more information and to register for the events.
Murfie.com, the latest venture by serial entrepreneur Matt Younkle (ECE, ‘97) was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal. Murfie will digitize your CD collection and put it in “the cloud.” The digital versions of your discs reside on its website where you can sell and trade.
From the article:
‘Murfie wants to become the Internet’s largest used-CD emporium. (It takes a 30% cut.) As a used-CD store, they are unique in that buyers don’t need to wait for a disc in the mail—the music can be downloaded. And because these are used-CDs you’re buying, the prices are lower than normal. An example: I found John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” for $4 ($3 for the CD plus $1 for the rip and download) on Murfie. It’s $8 on iTunes.’
Read the full article here or Google ‘Sending Your Discs to Cloud Heaven’
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