Blastoff!: A rocket built by students has reached space for the first time. Ten students from the University of Southern California’s Rocket Propulsion Lab recently won the race to breach the Kármán line, named for the Hungarian-American engineer who attempted to define a boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.Find out how they did it.
Quack, Quack, Zoom?: The ‘Flying V’ is usually associated with migrating water fowl and inspirational hockey formations. But what about a revolutionary new airplane shape? Students and researchers at TU Delft came up with a new plane design that will drastically cut fuel consumption and make for a more comfortable passenger ride while keeping existing air travel infrastructure.Read more here.
Go Baby Go: High school and college STEM students in Connecticut are teaming up to build free go-carts for low-income disabled children. These carts serve as fun adaptive wheelchairs for the kids. Read more here.
Tampa Topics: ASEE’s Annual Conference is upon us! From June 16-19 in Tampa, Fla., engineering educators from around the world will discuss pressing problems of the day. The Student Division is exceptionally active, with 17 sessions touching on such wide-ranging topics as “counterfactual thinking,” the Girl Scouts, and experiences in Qatar and Vietnam. The ASEE Students Facebook group often has links to hotel room shares and ride shares for cheap conference travels. Find out more here.
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Cats are lazy balls of fur and claws, right? They do nothing but sleep the day away? Maybe–or maybe not. Outdoor cats have varied lives, according to a new interview with Maren Huck, animal behaviorist, in Science magazine. She strapped cameras on outdoor cats to see what they did all day. Read the Science news article here.
World War II historians often focus on inventions like radar and the “bouncing bomb” as the history-making tech. Many engineers, however, credit the “Mulberry harbor” with winning D-Day. The Engineer found footage of the floating docks in action in honor of the invasion’s 75th anniversary.