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Computer simulations predict blast scenarios, also have crossover appeal in animation

March 19, 2014 3:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Simulation methods helped create animation for Disney’s Oscar-winning film, 'Frozen.' Simulation-based engineering science (SBES) allows researchers to predict the effects of building explosions and analyze the response of building materials to those threats.

Robodog: Man's newest best friend

March 19, 2014 7:01 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | News | Comments

 What kid doesn’t want a puppy? Come to think of it, what adult doesn’t want a puppy? Yet...

Bionic plants

March 17, 2014 11:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Plants have many valuable functions: They provide food and fuel, release the oxygen that we...

Soft robotic fish moves like the real thing

March 14, 2014 10:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Soft robots— which don't just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through...

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Making Sudoku puzzles less puzzling

October 12, 2012 10:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers feel that their analog algorithm of Sudoku puzzles can potentially be applied to a wide variety of problems in industry, computer science and computational biology. Toroczkai and Ercsey-Ravaz have proposed a universal analog algorithm which is completely deterministic, always arriving at the correct and quicker solution to a problem...

Hungry? Press the emergency pizza button

April 3, 2012 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

In this era of instant gratification, an emergency pizza button ranks somewhere between the invention of sliced bread and the printing press.

Return to Zero - Real-Time Collaboration

April 3, 2012 7:51 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

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Return to Zero - High Voltage Supply

March 28, 2012 10:42 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Communications

March 21, 2012 9:48 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Wire Wrapping

March 13, 2012 6:35 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Polished Pig

March 8, 2012 12:38 pm | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Elevator TARDIS

March 5, 2012 4:48 am | by Mike Grusin, Engineer, SparkFun Electronics | Blogs | Comments

We here at SparkFun have been known to use our products to play pranks on each other from time to time, and we're always on the lookout for ways to make life at the office more Fun.

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Bright Bunny Kit

March 2, 2012 7:49 am | by Chris Taylor, Project Manager – Engineering Department, SparkFun Electronics | Blogs | Comments

The Bright Bunny Kit is a great way to learn soldering and hand sewing. At the end of this project, you'll have a cute stuffed animal that lights up when you feed it a carrot! The original design for the Bright Bunny came from Phillip Lindsay, aka follower.

Laser Limbo

February 29, 2012 6:39 am | by Jordan McConnell, Engineer, SparkFun Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Sometime around mid 2011, Sparkfun had the idea of holding an Open House as a fun event that would give us the opportunity to interact with the community. We brainstormed many fun ideas for the event and decided on which ones to shoot for.

Turn your ProMicro into a USB keyboard-mouse

February 28, 2012 10:59 am | by Jim Lindblom, Engineer, SparkFun Electronics | Blogs | Comments

How cool would it be if you turn any button, joystick, sensor, or other electronic gizmo into a USB keyboard and/or mouse? You could make just about any input device you want into a controller for your computer programs or games.

Office door Young Frankenstein castle knocker

February 28, 2012 6:04 am | by Chris Taylor, Project Manager – Engineering Department, SparkFun Electronics | Blogs | Comments

We're always looking for more ways to make our office fun and strange. One of our engineers, Mike, recently rigged up the elevator to play the Tardis noise. I wanted to do something similar, but, specifically, in my office.

Return to Zero - Parts Collection

February 27, 2012 5:17 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

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Return to Zero - Drag Chair Racing

February 24, 2012 12:10 pm | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Resistor Drama

February 22, 2012 8:44 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Screw Loose

February 13, 2012 7:29 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Equipment Rebuild

February 10, 2012 7:03 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Dungeons and Dragons Dice Gauntlet

February 3, 2012 4:33 am | by Dia Campbell, TechStyle Specialist at Spark Fun | Blogs | Comments

The D&D bracer is a fairly quick, fun, nerdy LilyPad project. The final product is a wearable bracer with a display that will randomly generate numbers between 1 and 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, or 100 in response to arm movement, so it can effectively replace all of the dice in your bag for a D&D session.

Return to Zero - Subscription Expired

February 1, 2012 5:56 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Electrons Inside

January 30, 2012 9:26 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Purchase Order

January 27, 2012 11:28 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Engineering Bartering

January 25, 2012 12:27 pm | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Problem Solving

January 24, 2012 7:03 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Uncontrollable

January 23, 2012 10:09 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Return to Zero - Marketing Review

January 20, 2012 12:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

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