Link Dump 3-14-11

Finals week for colleges and universities which run in quarters; keeping it simple by posting some of the finest links for engineering and science:

  • Cool mini-documentary on the first PC virus, “BRAIN,” and its makers, who live in Pakistan and run a company called BRAIN telecommunications.
  • Japan continues to be hit by hardship, but you’ve got to respect the country’s utter resourcefulness; people in Tokyo were warned of the 9.0 earthquake shortly before they could have even felt a tremor. Even if it’s short notice, the warning would have been enough to get cover. Good example of a well-thought (read: well-engineered) system.
  • infected floppy disk's boot sector

    "Welcome to the Dungeon," is one of the things the BRAIN virus said

    Continuing the natural-disaster response theme, watch this story about tiny, disposable and cheaply-made robots designed to search rubble and tight spaces.

  • Deb Roy presents his results from the results from his language acquisition study at a TED Talk. This is the gent who used a CPU which calculates incorrectly to process the video.
  • One guy makes a laser gun that actually needs to charge capacitors to fire a 1MW pulse. Chaagin mah lazerz gets him through painted aluminum and solid plastic though. Impressive sl0-mos.
  • Guy uses Kinect to control two tesla coils: The Evil Genius Simulator. via MakeZine.
  • Always cool to keep up on what DARPA is doing. Here’s its 2012 budget request.
  • Really awesome TED talk by Salman Khan (who has a well-developed sense of humor), the guy who made KhanAcademy; there’s a link on the sidebar, too. (“And here I’m all like, ‘I know Kung-Fu.'”)
  • Somewhat long-winded (but accurate and well-written) explanation on the nuclear reactor problems in Japan. At the very least, read the tl;dr bullets at the bottom of the post.
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About Nick G

Nick has been a blogger since 2007 and is an English and Japanese major, though his roots are in engineering and the sciences. He tutors high school students in Math and English, and plans on becoming a Teacher. In his spare time Nick plays FPS, RTS and RPG computer games, Dungeons and Dragons (the tabletop version) and arcade dance games like DDR. He also likes reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, writing poetry and running. Nick plays drums for the band Tens and Twenties.
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