Archive for June, 2010

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

The Hubble Telescope

What would happen if you pointed the Hubble Telescope at a seemingly “empty” part of the sky?  Find out at the web site!

National Academy of Engineering Publications

National Academy of Engineering:  The Bridge [pdf]

Published by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), The Bridge presents “thoughtful opinion and analysis on engineering research, education, and practice; science and technology policy; and the roles of engineering and technology in all aspects of society.” The Bridge is published four times a year, and on this site, visitors can read the current issue and browse the archive back to the first issue from the fall of 1996. Recent issues have dealt with the transformation of the electricity grid in the United States, the frontiers of engineering, and K-12 engineering education. Visitors can also sign up for email updates and learn more about the editorial team that works on the journal. The site is rounded out by a selection of links to other relevant documents published by the Academy. [KMG]

>From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2010.

Out of Many, One

Autonomous Aircraft Combine To Increase Stability, Power.

Popular Science (6/8, Dillow) reports, “Researchers at the ETH Zurich recognize that different tasks call for different aircraft, and with that in mind they’ve designed the Distributed Flight Array (DFA), a flying platform consisting of multiple small autonomous single rotor aircraft that can dock with one another to create a larger, more powerful aircraft.” Each “fixed [propeller] aircraft” that makes up the DFA has “its own sensors and flight control system,” and can “fly somewhat erratically.” However, “joined together they become a larger sensor-based flight platform, capable of maintaining level flight by rapidly sharing data between them.” The array “is a proof of concept” at this point, but “such a scheme could have a variety of applications, not least of which is the relatively straightforward yet sometimes difficult task of picking stuff up.”

Reposted from the June 8, 2010 ASEE First Bell

Course Notes for the iPad

Reposted from Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day for June 7, 2010:

CourseNotes for the iPad

Posted: 07 Jun 2010 04:55 AM PDT

I have been on the look out for some more interesting iPad apps – here’s one for students.    The CourseNotes website says:

“CourseNotes lets you take notes during your classes and keep them organized by subject and class meeting.  Review your notes later and search through multiple class meetings and notes all at once.

Miss a class?  Need to print or share your notes with a friend? CourseNotes lets you share your note sessions via email or peer-to-peer networking with other CourseNotes users over Bluetooth or a local network.”

Here’s the explanatory video …


The CourseNotes app costs $4.99 or £2.99 from the iPad store.

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