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New algorithm to improve video game quality

February 19, 2010 10:16 am | News | Comments

McGuire and Luebke have developed a new method for computerizing lighting and light sources that will allow video game graphics to approach film quality.

Let the Challenge Begin!!!

February 12, 2010 6:57 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Sign up to help me win the Green Smackdown. Do something, anything, to help me beat Marketing.Follow me on Twitter. Let me know what you're doing this week to cut back on carbon. I'll be posting pictures and video throughout the week.I'll be posting updates on this blog, as well as...

Energy-Storing Soccer Ball Scores Big in Off-Grid Villages

February 9, 2010 3:37 am | by Jeff Salton | News | Comments

What kid doesn’t like kicking around a soccer ball? Imagine if this fun activity could also provide enough energy to power something useful in a modest off-grid African village...


Are We Falling Into a Trap?

February 5, 2010 5:55 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Why is management making the workplace more and more comfortable? Is it because they're trying to be nice, or are they slowly trying to enslave us? Consider this your Admiral Akbar moment. I only hope it isn't too late....

Happy Mother's Day

February 1, 2010 5:55 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

I love you mom!

Be the Smart Kid

January 27, 2010 12:53 pm | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Kids: I know summer is a great time to heal the emotional scars that the Robert Johnsons of your generation left on you whilst beating you up and shoving you in lockers (believe, I've been there...lots), but suck it up. Don't let these months off erode the firm crust of knowledge you...

Moving to a new site

January 24, 2010 8:54 pm | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Take a second and check out the new An Engineering Mind. The new site gives me full access to make changes and post videos on the fly. It will also allow you RSS-inclined readers to get a full stream to follow now and into the future:'ll...

Marketers Are Just Jealous

January 24, 2010 1:53 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

It's not their fault they aren't as smart as us, but you have to hand it to them for trying...


Don't Bother Me...or Else.

January 20, 2010 5:54 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

Yes, you're welcome to ask me whatever you like, but keep in mind that I will hate you. Forever. There's a reason I'm wearing headphones...I'm pretending that you don't exist. I tried adding a little bonus footage at the end, let me know what you think of this style change.

Electronic Arts lowers 2010 guidance as sales weaken

January 12, 2010 10:39 am | News | Comments

Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. cut its full-year guidance on Monday, as ongoing weakness in its game disc sales didn't ease up over the holidays as the company had hoped. The news sent shares down sharply in extended trading.

DO Try This at Home.

January 9, 2010 7:55 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

While I worship them as demi-gods, I'm just as smart as any of those Mythbuster guys. Sure they have a near-limitless budget and years of experience in the field of abusing poor crash-test dummies, but where to they get off telling me to "not try this at home?" Where's the fun? Where's...

The Fastest Hydrogen Powered Vehicle in the World

January 5, 2010 4:11 am | by Ed Hillstrom, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Fellow, Ohio State University | Articles | Comments

In September  the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2(BB2) became the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to eclipse the 300 MPH mark, setting an international speed record of 302.877 MPH, making the BB2 the fastest hydrogen powered vehicle in the world, including those using hydrogen combustion engines.

The Tin Foil Hat Brigade Strikes Again

December 29, 2009 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

In what’s sure to encourage conspiracy nuts worldwide, Britain has released the government's complete file on the "Rendlesham Forest Incident" of December 1980. The 191-page document was released as part of a larger cache of British “UFO files” covering the years 1981-1996.


Weekend Project - Beetlebot

December 28, 2009 4:13 am | Videos | Comments

Here is a simple robot from your parts bin that avoids obstacles.

You got C in my L. No, you got L in my C

December 18, 2009 1:52 pm | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

Just another tale of a poor little capacitor feeling lonely and trying look up to a big inductor for advice and guidance. Sadly, Henry, the inductor rebuffed the little uf with nary a word and kept his emf to himself....

An Interview with

December 18, 2009 11:57 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

So the folks at found my videos and asked if we could do one for their embedded customers. Not being one to shy away from the limelight, I accepted. You can check out the video here: (scroll down a bit to the player on the right side of the page)Or here's...

Working with Legal

December 18, 2009 9:55 am | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

This isn't going to show up on the new website until next week, but in case you're subscribed to this blog, here you go:

10 Simple Science Tricks for Parties

December 16, 2009 3:53 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | News | Comments

Fun video by Richard Wiseman on his top 10 science stunts for Christmas parties. Related: How a Microwave Heats – Ninja Professors – Science Toys You Can Make With Your Kids

Non-lethal Robotic Pepperball Weapon Video

December 16, 2009 3:36 am | Videos | Comments

This "SWAT BOT" is designed to minimize the exposure of Law Enforcement Personnel to potentially lethal encounters by taking them out of the line of Fire, and out of harm's way. Equipped with a Wireless Barrel-Cam and Pepper Balls, it is a Non-Lethal, Wireless UGV for Riot Control, Hostage Scenarios or other Hostile Situations.

The World's Smallest Snowman

December 14, 2009 3:03 am | Videos | Comments

The snowman was made from two tin beads used to calibrate electron microscope astigmatism. The eyes and smile were milled using a focused ion beam, and the nose, which is under 1 µm wide (or 0.001 mm), is ion beam deposited platinum.

Gifts for geeks

December 11, 2009 8:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Geeks, the most misunderstood of all species (yes, I’m a member), are notoriously difficult to shop for. We don’t bow to the fashion gods (to put it kindly), our literary tastes are unpredictable, and as for electronics, forgetaboutit—only geeks know what other geeks want. Thus, I present Gifts for Geeks. If you’re a parent/friend/relative with one of these eclectic individuals on your shopping list, take note.

Today is the DAY!!!

December 10, 2009 2:56 pm | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

After the long anticipated wait, I am glad to announce the new site is ready and will be up this afternoon along with A NEW VIDEO!!!it's still going to be Once on the new page, you will see a new subscription button to subscribe to the videos as they come each week....

Opening up a 1935 Weston Selective Analyzer

December 10, 2009 10:49 am | Videos | Comments

ECN Editor-in-Chief Alix Paultre opens up an old radio test device, the Weston Model 665 Selective Analyzer.

Coming Soon...

December 7, 2009 5:53 pm | by An Engineering Mind | News | Comments

I just wanted to let everyone know that follows this blog that the new website will be launching march 1st. Yes, that is right, an ACTUAL site. I did have to employ Carl's help slightly, so if there is any part you don't like, you can email me! So, if you are new to this blog, or have...

Augmented-Reality iPhone App Locates Twitter Pals

December 4, 2009 5:10 am | by Stuart Fox | News | Comments

Like most Internet applications, Twitter connects you with people who seem to exist in a vast, abstract, cyberspace. Now, a new iPhone app from the French company Presselite uses augmented reality to show you exactly where your friends are tweeting from.

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