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A Breath of Chocolate

posted: 12.06.2011 in News
Bild: Phase One Photography

You don't have to be a scientist to realize that chocolate makes you happy. Sadly, though, it also makes you fat. Harvard professor David Edwards has finally found a solution to this quandary by creating breathable chocolate. The biodegradable, organic powder has all the taste but less than one calorie per whiff.
'Le Whif' uses particle engineering to form chocolate in particle sizes that are small enough to become airborne but too large to enter the lungs. The lipstick-sized inhalers are available in three flavours: pure chocolate, raspberry chocolate, and mint chocolate. A coffee flavour with an amount of caffeine equivalent to an espresso is in the works.

Dawn in Space

posted: 09.06.2011 in News

Space achievement.
The probe is the first space-travelling craft capable of breaking free of its orbit and moving on to enter another celestial body's orbit. After examining Vesta for a couple of months, it will fire up its ion thrusters and leave orbit. After travelling for two more years, it will, in 2014, reach Ceres, the almost-planet. Like Pluto, Ceres is a dwarf planet and with a diameter of 950 kilometres by far the largest object in the asteroid belt.

An Expert is ...

posted: 08.06.2011 in The Last Straw

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
Niels Bohr

A Girl, a Car and the Globe


posted: 06.06.2011 in Audio & Video

Who was the first one to circumnavigate the world in a car? The answer should be common knowledge for us engineers, but strangely enough it has fallen into oblivion. The year was 1927, the car an Adler Standard 6, and the driver a young woman: Clärenore Stinnes. This is her story.

A Girl, a Car and the Globe
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Pump Up Your Helmet

posted: 06.06.2011 in News
Bild: Hövding

Although it looks a bit like one of these hair dryer hoods for the seventies, the Hövding is in fact an airbag-like inflatable bicycle helmet. The brainchild of industrial designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, the Hövding is worn like a collar around the neck. The collar contains a folded up airbag that is shaped like a hood, surrounding and protecting the cyclist's head. The trigger mechanism is controlled by sensors which pick up the abnormal movements of a cyclist in an accident. Once triggered, a gas inflator fills the helmet-shaped airbag in about 0.1 seconds. Women will surely love the Hövding since it not only eliminates helmet hair but also comes in several fashionable designs.

Egbert the engineer

posted: 05.06.2011 in The Last Straw

Egbert der Ingenieur ist beruflich viel auf Reisen und tritt dabei immer wieder in Fettnäpfchen. Egbert trägt's mit Humor, lachen Sie mit.

Things Engineering School Didn‘t Teach You

posted: 01.06.2011 in The Last Straw

Theory tells you how a circuit works, not why it doesn't work.

Not everything works according to the specifications in the databook.

Anything practical you learn will be obsolete before you use it, except the complex math, which you will never use.

Engineering is like having an 8 a.m. class and a late afternoon lab every day for the rest of your life.

Overtime pay? What overtime pay?

Engineers rule the world until the next revision.

If you like junk food, caffeine, and all-nighters, then you should go into software.

Egbert is a documentary.

A Hasty-Copter

posted: 23.05.2011 in News
Bild: Eurocopter

Helicopters are great for hovering, surveillance and landing in tight spots but when it comes to speed, they are usually sniggered at by pilots of 'proper' airplanes. Their smiles are about to fade once they are overtaken by Eurocopter's X3 helicopter. The X3 utilizes a standard Eurocopter helicopter airframe equipped with two turboshaft engines that power a five-blade main rotor system. Two additional propellers installed on short-span fixed wings not only add to the impressive appearance of the demonstrator but also its speed. The hybrid configuration offers the full hover flight capabilities of a helicopter and the speed of a turboprop-powered aircraft at more than 400 kilometres per hour.

Efficiency Expert

posted: 18.05.2011 in The Last Straw

The efficiency expert concluded his lecture with a note of caution. "You don't want to try these techniques at home." "Why not?", asked someone from the back of the audience. "I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," the expert explained. "She made lots of trips to the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying just a single item at a time. 'Honey,' I suggested, 'Why don't you try carrying several things at once?'" The voice from the back asked, "Did it save time?" The expert replied, "Actually, yes. It used to take her 20 minutes to get breakfast ready. Now I do it in seven."

Linktipp: www.howtoons.com

posted: 10.05.2011 in Links & Media

Wir Ingenieure lieben Zeichnungen ebenso wie Basteln. Warum nicht beides verbinden und dabei noch ein wenig Englisch lernen? Hier kommen die Howtoons gerade recht, kleine Bastelanleitungen im Comicstrip-Format. Alles in allem nichts Anspruchsvolles, aber dennoch sehr schön aufbereitet und mit guten Anregungen für Basteleien mit den Kleinen.

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