Software Engineering

This past week of Feb­ru­ary was Nation­al Engi­neers Week, and it’s always an excel­lent time to learn about dif­fer­ent engi­neers today as well as those whose shoul­ders we stand on. I haven’t prac­ticed engi­neer­ing as a pro­fes­sion­al in over eight years, but I still work with engi­neers and struc­tur­al engi­neer­ing every day at Bent­ley Sys­tems.… Con­tin­ue read­ing Soft­ware Engineering

Right In the Thick of the Carbon

Sci­Am on a (depress­ing) report rank­ing the top 100 U.S. met­ro­pol­i­tan areas in terms of amount of car­bon emis­sions. The part that real­ly star­tled me (empha­sis added): The res­i­dents of Lex­ing­ton, Ky., Indi­anapo­lis and Cincin­nati emit the most green­house gases—nearly 2.5 times as much car­bon on a per capi­ta basis as their peers at the top… Con­tin­ue read­ing Right In the Thick of the Carbon

For The Last Time: The Plane Takes Off!

So, after months and months of online dis­cus­sion, Myth­busters Jamie and Adam put the physics where the rub­ber meets the road. Lit­er­al­ly. Almost two years ago, I (and most of the inter­net, it seems) saw a thought ques­tion at regard­ing an air­plane on a giant con­vey­or belt. If the belt moved the exact same speed… Con­tin­ue read­ing For The Last Time: The Plane Takes Off!

Al Gore and IPCC Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Well, despite you’ve already read this already some­where else, Al Gore and the U.N. Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Pan­el on Cli­mate Change were joint­ly award­ed the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in rais­ing glob­al aware­ness on cli­mate change. It’s true that the past year or so has real­ly been the tip­ping point for glob­al warm­ing in… Con­tin­ue read­ing Al Gore and IPCC Award­ed Nobel Peace Prize

Ethanol Health Risks

Angela for­ward­ed me a sim­i­lar arti­cle on some resent research which states that ethanol may have greater health risks than gaso­line as a auto fuel. From the arti­cle I tagged in from New Sci­en­tist (see low­er right, titled “Warn­ing: Bio­fu­el may harm your health”), it appears that the num­ber of deaths increas­es by 185… Con­tin­ue read­ing Ethanol Health Risks

Eye In The Sky

NASA’s STEREO‑B space­craft took an amaz­ing shot of it’s own solar eclipse late last month dur­ing the process of hav­ing it’s cam­er­a’s cal­i­brat­ed. The moon appears as a black disc against the fiery mass of the sun. I think that the tex­ture of the sun is, well, other-worldly.