Engineering Aids Olympians

The Winter Olympics began last week, and I’ve already got a DVR full of hockey, figure skating, and the jaw-dropping biathlon, in which determined cross-country skiers huff and puff up steep hills and then shoot at things. Continue reading

Acoustic Testing Facility Takes Loud to New Levels

The next time you feel like complaining about your noisy neighbors or the guy in the car next to you whose stereo is cranked so loud that it rattles your fillings, take a minute to be grateful he isn’t blasting his music through the 154-decibel sound system at the Large European Acoustic Facility (LEAF).

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Nissan Says Autonomous Cars are Coming in 2020

For those of you wondering exactly when you’ll be able to take your hands off the wheel and let your self-driving car ferry you to work while you munch on a scone and finish a crossword puzzle, Nissan has provided an answer. The company plans to have commercially viable autonomous drive technology in multiple vehicles by 2020. Continue reading

Stanford Team Measures Progress on Solar Car

The list of competing teams is up for this year’s World Solar Challenge, the annual event that pits solar powered race cars against each other as they try to be the first to make the 3,000 km trip from Darwin to Adelaide in the Australian Outback this October. Continue reading

Faster, More Powerful Tabletop Particle Accelerator

Not everything in Texas is bigger. Case in point: the tabletop particle accelerator created by physicists at the University of Texas at Austin, which has accelerated half a billion electrons to 2 gigaelectronvolts over a distance of just 1 inch. Continue reading


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