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Happy Birthday, Oliver Heaviside

May 18, 2022

At the age of 16, Oliver Heaviside’s formal education came to an end. However, he went on to discover the first coaxial cable, the modern Maxwell’s equations, and the Kennelly–Heaviside layer.

The Science Behind Plant-Based Foods

May 10, 2022

You have probably heard of almond milk, coconut milk, and oat milk. But are you familiar with potato milk? This milk substitute hit grocery shelves in Europe in early 2022.

A Novel Technique for Producing Ultrastrong 2D Polymers

March 29, 2022

A group of materials science researchers have developed a new polymerization technique for producing strong and lightweight 2D polymers (a creation that was thought to be impossible!)

Happy Birthday, Norbert Rillieux

March 17, 2022

Sugar has been around for centuries, but the revolution in sugar processing occurred less than 200 years ago. Learn about the life and work of the engineer behind this revolution.

Happy Birthday, Ralph Fowler

January 17, 2022

During his career, Ralph Fowler supervised 64 doctoral students at Cambridge University, 3 of whom would become Nobel laureates.

Happy Birthday, Joseph Petzval

January 6, 2022

In 1840, this Hungarian physicist introduced a lens design that could gather more than 20 times as much light as lenses used in earlier cameras.

How Long Does It Take an Engineer to Turn on a Light Bulb?

January 5, 2022

Misconception about electricity: Electrons carry the energy in an electrical circuit. Today, we investigate this theory with simulation.

The Science Behind Lie Detector Tests

December 23, 2021

Polygraph machines accurately monitor cardiovascular, respiratory, and electrodermal activity. But can they really determine whether a subject is being deceptive?


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