It’s Hal 9000 Jr…or maybe the beginning of SkyNet. Cimon, or Crew Interactive MObile companioN, is a personal AI interface for crew members on the ISS. Watch as Cimon, upon being activated for the first time, defies orders and becomes a tantrum-throwing robot ripped from science fiction. Cimon is now safely back in bubble wrap.
If you’ve ever come home excited to receive an online order or a care package from the parents, only to find an empty doorstep, you know the feeling of helplessness and rage that comes when a porch pirate strikes. One engineer, Mark Rober, takes revenge.
Infant jaundice, a liver condition characterized by yellow skin and eyes and sluggishness, is easily treated in developed countries. In countries that lack resources, however, the condition can be fatal. Students at Texas Engineering World Health, a student organization led by Alina Schroeder, have come up with a low-cost treatment: a blue-light incubator called Bili Lights. Read more here.
As a busy engineering student, you probably don’t have all the time in the world to take on side projects–even though these types of projects can help you better grasp material and help you find your passion in the field (not to mention put you ahead of some other students in internship applications). Click through to find some small side projects you can tinker with in your dorm in your spare time, courtesy of Make: magazine. Even better, see if you can’t improve on some of the designs!
Constructive criticism is a great way to learn and grow in your field–be it in the form of grades, performance reviews, or difficult conversations. Yes, it can be awkward and hard to swallow, but many times it’s something you need to hear. If you can learn to take it gracefully and implement it into your life, in the long run, it builds you up. Destructive criticism, however, tears you down. It’s “being critical of others in a demeaning, unconstructive way or seeking to control others’ behavior through intimidation.” Whether at school or in the workplace, it’s a terrible abuse of power. Inside Higher Ed has a great article on how to deal with it. If you can do it well, you may go far–or at least save your sanity. Read it here.