- Bevel Gearbox Fail
Sometimes I’ll picture an idea in my head and it seems to work fine—in my head—but when I actually build it, it doesn’t turn out the way I planned. I wanted to try using a bevel gearbox as a pan and tilt mount for my Lego optics lab (as a pan/mount for my ...
Blog Post - Steve Schuler - Aug 28 2015 - 10:45am
- Magnetic Fields Provide A New Way To Communicate Wirelessly
Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. The new technology could offer a lower power and more secure way to communic ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 7 2015 - 10:30am
- Independent spent fuel storage installations
An independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) is a place to safely store spent nuclear fuel while it is waiting for a geological repository to permanently dispose of the material. The amount of nuclear fuel required to supply a typical American ...
Blog Post - Robert Hayes - Sep 1 2015 - 8:27pm
- Lego Optics Lab: Cell Phone/iPod Mount
I’ll demonstrate how I built my mobile phone/iPod mount out of Lego for my Lego optics lab polariscope project. Parts needed: Mobile phone mount (from my DIY Super Selfie Stick project) 2 Lego plates 1 X 8 4 Lego beams 1 X 2 4 Lego Beams 1 X 8 Here’s how ...
Blog Post - Steve Schuler - Sep 3 2015 - 8:40am
- Origin Of The Spin Seebeck Effect Discovered?
The recovery of waste heat in all kinds of processes will lead to making established processes more energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly. The Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) is a rudimentarily understood effect which allows for the conversion of a ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 8 2015 - 7:00am
- Lego Optics Lab: Laser Interferometer
Last week the European Space Agency announced the launch of its Lisa Pathfinder mission later this year to test if laser interferometry can be used in space to detect gravitational waves. It's fairly easy to build a laser interferometer so I decided t ...
Article - Steve Schuler - Sep 10 2015 - 3:38pm
- Flowing Electrons Help Ocean Microbes Gulp Methane
Good communication is crucial to any relationship, especially when partners are separated by distance. This also holds true for microbes in the deep sea that need to work together to consume large amounts of methane released from vents on the ocean floor. ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 28 2015 - 7:32am
- The Fukushima Disaster Was Preventable
The worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown never should have happened, according to a new study. In Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society, researchers Costas Synolakis of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Utku Kâno ...
Article - News Staff - Sep 28 2015 - 10:00am
- Birdsnap Revisited: Goose and Gull
In my previous article about Birdsnap, the app was unable to identify my hawk because I did not get a full profile of the bird. Now that it's autumn and Canada geese have begun migrating, I’ve had some opportunities to photograph birds and get close ...
Blog Post - Steve Schuler - Sep 25 2015 - 10:34am
- Celebrate Science Indiana
If you live in Indiana, or at least near Indianapolis, you should go to the Celebrate Science Indiana science festival in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Saturday 3 October 2015 from 9:30am-5:30pm—it’s free. ...
Article - Steve Schuler - Oct 1 2015 - 7:00am