Fireworks Designed For Daytime Viewing

Who: Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang
What: Explosion event
Where: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar.
How: Utilizing microchip-controlled explosives to form incredible designs and patterns. Each set of explosions was calculated to paint a different picture. One series of explosions created black smoke clouds that looked like “drops of ink splattered across the sky.”

 

 

Camera-Stabilizing Technology Used In Spoon For Parkinson’s Patients

Who: Calico is an independent R&D biotech company established in 2013 by Google Inc.
What: Camera stabilizing tech used in spoon
Where: 1180 Veterans Blvd, South San Francisco, California, United States
How: The Liftware stabilizing handle built in sensors that detect hand motion and a small onboard computer that distinguishes unwanted hand tremor from the intended movement of the hand. To counteract any tremor and stabilize the utensil, the computer directs two motors in the handle to move the utensil attachment in the opposite direction of any detected tremor. Clinical studies have shown that the Liftware utensil reduces shake on average by 70%, so you can worry less about spilling and enjoy your meal.

 

 

LEGO Robot breaks the Rubik’s Cube World Record

Who: Mike Dobson and David Gilday
What: Robot, made out of LEGO, beats the Rubik’s Cube World Record
Where: Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK
How: The robot employs an ARM-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone powered by a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa application processor to analyze the cube and instruct four robotic hands to do the manipulations. ARM9™ processors also power the eight LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 bricks which perform the motor sequencing and control.

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Either mechanical engineers or students always get hassle in remembering bundles of formulas and laws to apply them for different projects. Why not download the user-friendly and comprehensive mechanical engineering apps to help you in instant precise calculation? So right here recommended Top 5 FREE Android apps to empower mechanical engineers or learners in their education as well as career application. We pick the best based on top rated, most downloaded apps by experienced engineers.

 

1. Mechanical Engineering Toolbox

This program is designed to help you in daily mechanical engineering problems that you may encounter.
It is not only prepared for the mechanical engineers, but also for naval architects, civil engineers, HVAC engineers, electrical engineers and for all engineers that use some common unit conversions and math.
It has a very simple user interface for you to be able to use in the field.

 

Mechanical Engineering Toolbox

 

Award

It is selected among the Top Ten Productivity Applications for Engineers by the www.engineerjobs.com.

For now the program has the following modules:

  • Unit Conversion in 74 unit types, more than 1000 units
  • ISO Fits and Tolerances Calculation according to ISO 286-2
  • Hardness Conversion between 22 hardness types according to ASTM E140
  • Material Properties of 74 commonly used materials (more will be added)
  • Trigonometric Calculations
  • Beam Load Calculation of 19 different loading conditions
  • Torque-Power Conversion
  • Steel Bolt Specs.
  • Bolt Torque Calculation
  • Pipe Sizes
  • Electrical Power Calculator

Download Here

 

2.Mechanical Animations

Simple application explaining mechanical animations for the purpose of education and learning.
1. Geneva Drive
2. Wankel Cycle
3. Radial Engine
4. 4 Stroke Engine
5. Boxer Engine
6. Slider Crank Motion
7. Hooke’s Joint
8. Camshaft
9. Walschaerts valve gear

Download Here

 

3. Mechanical Terms

This mechanical glossary offers definitions for terms which are commonly used in mechanics and mechanical engineering.

This is a list of Mechanical terms, including laboratory tools and equipment.

Alphabetical arrangements of each word for easy search.

Each word gives you proper definition / description.

Download Here

 

4. Mechanical Engineering Mag

Mechanical Engineering magazine is the award-winning monthly flagship publication of ASME. Published since 1880, the magazine, and this app, deliver an interdisciplinary view of engineering trends and breakthroughs, giving readers a roadmap to understand today’s technology and tomorrow’s innovations.

MAGAZINE FEATURES:
– Current and past issues of Mechanical Engineering magazine.
– Brilliant replica format, just like the print edition.
– Text-formatted articles designed for maximum mobile readability.
– Download each issue and return any time for offline reading.
– Search the archive of available issues.
– Bookmark your favorite articles.
– Share your comments with other readers.

Mechanical Engineering magazine is published by ASME (www.asme.org), founded as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1880. ASME promotes the art, science and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe.

Download Here

 

5. Mechanical Calculator

Mechanical Calculator is a fully featured calculator which provides calculation in the area of Mechanical. Calculate various properties of Mechanical related values using this simple utility tool.

Mechanical Calculator includes the following features:
1) Deflection of hollow rectangular beams
2) Deflection of solid rectangular beams
3) Deflection of solid round beams
4) Gallons per hour Fuel
5) Potential Flight Time
6) Post Trip Fuel
7) Push pull Hydraulic
8) Square tube center

Download Here

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Hi Readers, do you know what Mr.Newton wrote about in his first published scientific paper? Let’s discover his big idea back to February 19, 1671.

The content of his first paper started with: A letter of Mr.Issac Newton, Mathematics Professor in the University of Cambridge; containing his New Theory about Light and Colors: Where Light is declared to be not Similar or Homogeneal, but consisting of difform rays, some of which are more refrangible than others: And Colors are affirmed to be not qualifications of Light, derived from Refractions of natural Bodies, (as ’tis generally believed;) but Original and Connate Properties, which in divers rays are divers: Where several Observations and Experiments are alledged to prove the said Theory.

Issac Newton - Phenomena of Colours
Issac Newton’s Phenomena of ColoursImage Credit: The Royal Society

 

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This paper was proudly published by The Royal Society – world’s oldest scientific publisher. The good news is, The Royal Society has its world-famous historical journal archive – which includes the first ever peer-reviewed scientific journal – has been made permanently free to access online. Treasures in the archive include Isaac Newton’s first published scientific paper, geological work by a young Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated account of his electrical kite experiment.  And nestling amongst these illustrious papers, readers willing to delve a little deeper into the archive may find some undiscovered gems from the dawn of the scientific revolution – including accounts of monstrous calves, grisly tales of students being struck by lightning, and early experiments on to how to cool drinks “without the Help of Snow, Ice, Haile, Wind or Niter, and That at Any Time of the Year.”

What’s your first exciting or wildest scientific discovery in life? Sign in and share with us your experience in the comment below!

 

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Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as using wind turbines to make electrical power, windmills for mechanical power, wind pumps for water pumping or drainage, or sails to propel ships.
Large wind farms consist of hundreds of individual wind turbines which are connected to the electric power transmission network. Offshore wind farms can harness more frequent and powerful winds than are available to land-based installations and have less visual impact on the landscape but construction costs are considerably higher. Furthermore, offshore poses problems when considering accessibility for maintenance issues. Small onshore wind facilities are used to provide electricity to isolated locations and utility companies increasingly buy surplus electricity produced by small domestic wind turbines.

Wind power, as an alternative to fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation and uses little land. The effects on the environment are generally less problematic than those from other power sources. As of 2011, Denmark is generating more than a quarter of its electricity from wind and 83 countries around the world are using wind power on a commercial basis. In 2010 wind energy production was over 2.5% of total worldwide electricity usage, and growing rapidly at more than 25% per annum. The monetary cost per unit of energy produced is similar to the cost for new coal and natural gas installations.

Wind power is very consistent from year to year but has significant variation over shorter time scales. The intermittency of wind seldom creates problems when used to supply up to 20% of total electricity demand,  but as the proportion increases, a need to upgrade the grid, and a lowered ability to supplant conventional production can occur. Power management techniques such as having excess capacity storage, geographically distributed turbines, dispatchable backing sources, storage such as pumped-storage hydroelectricity, exporting and importing power to neighboring areas or reducing demand when wind production is low, can greatly mitigate these problems. In addition, weather forecasting permits the electricity network to be readied for the predictable variations in production that occur.

Wind Power System Configuration

Info source: Wikipedia

 

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