Links ‘n Things 5/7/2013

The last month has seemingly been a whirlwind – at least for me anyway. My wife and I had our first child in late April and after taking a week off to spend time with mom and baby, I’m back in the saddle. Parenthood, while challenging for sure, has been great so far and I’m looking forward to discovering more and more about our little one. The engineering job market remains hot – all sectors have high demand for talent, particularly the chemical, mechanical (reliability) and electrical (controls and power distribution) engineering areas. Here’s some interesting science and engineering articles – enjoy!

1.) Social scientists have been conducting an awfully interesting experiment in two remote villages in Ethiopia. Basically – they show up, drop off a bunch of tablet computers (still in the box) for kids and then leave. They don’t leave any instructions, they don’t provide anyone to teach the kids how to use these things – they just leave them and see what the kids can figure out. As it turns out – they figure out a lot, check it out: http://engineering.curiouscatblog.net/2013/05/03/given-tablets-but-no-teachers-kids-teach-themselves-having-never-seen-advanced-technology-before/

2.) Here’s a cool infographic I stumbled across. A lot of people were focusing on Felix Baumgartner’s leap from the edge of space and understandably that grabbed a lot of headlines – but this graphic talks about some other recent engineering feats that were less heralded: http://www.bestonlineengineeringdegree.com/best-engineering-2012/

3.) Wanna see a bat tongue up close? Trust me, it’s cool: http://www.livescience.com/29362-shape-shifting-bat-tongue-mops-up-nectar.html

4.) The latest report from the American Chemistry Council confirms, for the most part, what we are seeing in the broader World economy – there is some growth, but it is rather timid. The Global Chemical Production Regional Index rose by 0.1% in March which was slower than the growth seen in January and February. Here is the full article: http://www.che.com/only_on_che/latest_news/Global-CPRI-grows-in-March-but-at-a-subdued-pace-ACC-says_10515.html

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