Online Networking – Having a profile on LinkedIn

Are you currently looking for a job?  Or maybe thinking about a career change?  Over the years I have learned that one of the most important things you can do for yourself is build and maintain networks, both on and offline.  And not only when you need or want a new job, but constantly.  You may never know when you will need a new job, and networking can lead to unexpected opportunities that you would otherwise never know about. But...

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Don’t Die Dumb – Today’s Topic: Density

Density Density is the measurement of how solid something is…or in more geeky terms, the density of a material is equal to its mass divided by its volume. That is the mass of the atoms or molecules that makes up a material, divided by, the volume or amount of space the material takes up. So two objects made of the same material have the same density even though they may have different masses and different volumes. That’s because the ratio...

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Make:it Line-Following Robot

Today I got the chance to play with a Make:it Line-Following Robot.   This robot is an Arduino based robot using 2 DC motors.   I wanted to try and understand how a microcontroller code related to real world actions of the robot, and how all of the different components came together to work as one. The Make:it Line-Following Robot is shown below.   It is a machine that follows a line, either a black line on white surface or...

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Particle Fever (2013) Documentary Review

Looking for something to watch on Netflix?  How about a documentary?  How would you like to have a front seat for the largest scientific experiment in history?  Do you ever wonder what the world is made of?  Well I’ve got the perfect documentary for you.  Particle Fever (2013) is a story of CERN, based in Geneva.  This documentary is spread over a five-year period and is about a 5.28 mile diameter super particle accelerator near Cern, Switzerland.  It’s known as...

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SpiderFab will change the way Space Structures are Built

[caption id="attachment_566" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image from http://www.tethers.com/SpiderFab.html[/caption] I was having a conversation with a buddy at CSUN today when a very interesting topic came up.  We were talking about 3D printers and then he mentioned a project that is currently being worked on where robots are being designed to build massive structures in space.  This sounds like something straight out of Star Trek.  As I always do when my curiosity gets the best of me, I went to the nearest...

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Robotics!

OK, I think I've caught it. No, I'm not talking about some kind of disease, I'm talking about the robot bug. I'm a mechanical engineering student with a background in aerospace, so naturally I'm interested in mechanics. But I'm also becoming very interested in programming and electronics, so the idea of learning about and designing a robot would a perfect way for me to gain more knowledge and experience in these fields. In my mechanical engineering studies, I am constantly...

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What should we do tonight?

One of our favorite evenings with friends consists of crashing our good friend and collaborative writer for the website Rachnan’s pad, grilling on her BBQ, and utilizing her entertainment system. We begin the night by putting on any live sports game in the background. Nothing worth watching? Then we’ll shoot for movies just out on DVD. I pull out my handy iPhone and select the Flixter application. A few of our recent favorites? The Hangover and District 9. A few...

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