“Rick and Morty’s unique spin on the multiverse isn’t meant to reflect real physics. Yet physicists who study the cosmos appreciate the fact that it is bringing an esoteric scientific debate, whether there is such a thing as the multiverse, into the public spotlight.” So says Slate.com, which eyeballs the unusual underpinnings of the science (such as it is) behind Rick and Morty. Read about it here.
This summer, University of Pennsylvania engineering students took first place in the Formula SAE competition. Their black steel electric race car went from zero to 60 in a whiplash-inducing 2.6 seconds! Read more about their win here.
A team of seven University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering undergraduates won first place and earned the top prize of $20,000 in this year’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge for their efforts to develop low-cost tools to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before patients show symptoms. Read the story here.
Are you looking for some way to continue your education over the summer? Want some background noise for those hot evenings spent lesson planning or soldering your robot together? It’s About Time put together a great roundup of engineering and education (and engineering education!) podcasts to keep your ears happy and your mind active.
Trajan’s Column, completed in 113CE, is a masterpiece of Roman art and engineering. It has stood for more than 1900 years intact as the rest of the Roman Forum crumbled around it. The tower comprises 29 blocks of solid marble each weighing from 29-77 tons. Each marble drum had windows and a staircase allowing access to the top pulled into place by an elaborate pulley system. Watch this stop-motion video by National Geographic on how it was made in ancient times. For even more insight, watch the artists’ making-of video.