Happy Birthday, George Westinghouse

Caty Fairclough October 6, 2017

George Westinghouse was a prolific inventor who helped shape how we use electricity in America and throughout the world. Among his notable achievements, he improved the safety of trains and furthered the acceptance and use of alternating current (AC) as a standard way to supply electricity. Throughout his life, Westinghouse started many companies and fostered strong ties to other great thinkers. As today is his birthday, we’d like to celebrate his life and accomplishments.

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Aditi Karandikar September 15, 2017

Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (also known as Sir M.V.) was perhaps the most influential engineer in the history of contemporary India. A scholar and statesman, he served as the diwan of Mysore and was instrumental in the development of the princely state. Visvesvaraya was knighted as a knight commander of the British Indian Empire to honor his contributions to society. To celebrate the anniversary of his birthday, let’s take a look at some of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya’s major accomplishments.

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Caty Fairclough August 23, 2017

During his lifetime, Osborne Reynolds contributed to many fields, such as mathematics and thermodynamics. However, his most famous achievements were in the realm of fluid mechanics. To celebrate the anniversary of his birthday, let’s take a brief trip through the life and work of Reynolds, including one of his key accomplishments: the Reynolds number.

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Caty Fairclough July 18, 2017

Robert Hooke was a Renaissance man with interests including mechanics, timekeeping, biology, art, and architecture. He led an accomplished life and is known for his work in many diverse fields, as well as for writing a popular book on microscopy, Micrographia. Let’s take a step into the past to explore Robert Hooke’s life and achievements.

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Bridget Cunningham March 27, 2017

Wilhelm Röntgen was a German physicist who is best known for his discovery of X-rays — a finding that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics. Recognized as the father of diagnostic radiology, Röntgen’s contributions marked a revolutionary breakthrough within the medical community. On this day, the anniversary of his birthday, we celebrate the life and legacy of this influential figure.

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Caty Fairclough February 15, 2017

Galileo Galilei is known for his research in many fields, such as physics and astronomy. He researched theories of relativity and motion and remained devoted to his studies, even in the face of opposition. As today is the anniversary of his birthday, we’d like to take a brief look at a few of Galileo Galilei’s major accomplishments.

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Caty Fairclough December 29, 2016

When whales dive beneath the ocean’s surface, what do they do? To answer this question, wildlife researchers need to track these enormous creatures for long periods of time and across great distances. To help with this challenging task, there is a new long-lasting tracking device called the advanced dive behavior (ADB) tag. With this device, researchers can enhance their understanding of whales as well as investigate ocean conditions and the effects of climate change.

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Caty Fairclough December 19, 2016

Albert Abraham Michelson is known for his research on the speed of light, the invention of the Michelson interferometer, and the famous Michelson-Morley experiment. In light of his various accomplishments, Michelson was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics, making him the first American to win a Noble Prize in the sciences. Today, on the anniversary of Michelson’s birthday, we learn more about his life’s work.

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Brianne Costa December 2, 2016

Finding a scientific explanation for why ice is slippery seems simple enough, but it has actually been a subject of debate and confusion for centuries. As part of the world begins to bundle up for a blustery winter, let’s explore the science behind how the slipperiness of ice enables us to ski, skate, and even fall down in the parking lot.

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Caty Fairclough November 7, 2016

Marie Curie is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity, a word she herself coined. Besides her many honorary degrees and memberships in societies across the globe, she is well known for her two Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry. As today is the anniversary of her birthday, we’d like to take a brief look into her life and major achievements.

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Caty Fairclough September 28, 2016

Imagine going to a hospital and having your vitals checked by a machine with a silicon skin, or exploring hard-to-reach areas on the ocean floor with a robot that moves like an octopus. Thanks to soft robotics, a field that involves the design of soft and nonrigid robots, these scenarios may become a possibility in the future. Find out more about this growing technology and the range of opportunities it provides.

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