The First Programmer

Nowadays, when someone thinks about programming, they think of someone typing away at a computer but it was not always like this. Now, for all activities, there is always a first and the for the first programmer, computer programming was a lot more different. Before the days of visual user … [Read more...]

Dr. Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison is an American engineer, physician, and astronaut. She is known for going to space in May of 1992 in NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavor. After her time with NASA, she went on to found two technology companies. Here is a little more about her incedible life. Mae Jemison before going to … [Read more...]

Boeing 787 Dreamliner: Better Than The Competition?

Boeing 787-8 maiden flight overhead view (c) Dave Sizer, CC BY-SA 3.0 The 787 Dreamliner is touted by media to be one of the best planes on the planet right now. Many travelers find it to be one of the most comfortable planes to ride in. Airlines seem to love buying them (Boeing has delivered … [Read more...]

The Opportunity of a Lifetime, and the Lifetime of an Opportunity

NASA Mars Rover (c)NASA, public domain picture (not copyrighted) I love space. I love the unknown and I love discovering more about it. Thus, it was no surprise that I was devastated to hear that after almost 15 long, wonderful years of exploration, NASA had declared the Opportunity Mars rover … [Read more...]

Photoresistors

When we see light, it is due to our eyes reacting to the light. Different intensities of light cause the reaction to change, allowing us to notice the difference between a dim and bright light. But, how do you think machines can determine the difference between bright and dim light? Many might think … [Read more...]

Interchanges: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Part 2 of 2: System Interchanges Construction at the Springfield Interchange (c) Virginia Department of Transportation, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 In last week’s edition of Interchanges: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; we took a look at the best, the worst, and the meh-st of service interchanges - … [Read more...]

RIP Opportunity

As you may have recently heard, NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover's life has officially come to an end. Opportunity, or Oppy, was a rover sent to the planet Mars in the Summer of 2003 with its twin, named Spirit. Both were designed to last 90 days and to perform surface missions. Here is Oppy's … [Read more...]

Interchanges: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Part 1 of 2: Service Interchanges. Parclo Interchage in Ontario (c) Google Landsat / Copernicus, used under Google Maps' attribution guidelines When highway design works well, it's not something you notice. The roads take you where you want to go, and that's the end of your experience. … [Read more...]

what is an API

Have you ever read someone else’s math work but not understand what you just read? Well in programming, similar things also happen. For example, where you read someone else’s code, you might not always understand what they are trying to do. This can drastically harm a project since you have no … [Read more...]

The Virtual Pop Diva

Chances are, you have seen a picture of a girl in mint green hair tied in a twin tail with a headset. No? Well, I will simply move on with the assumption that Hatsune Miku will ring a bell. (No, really, I have no idea what that means.) Or you might have heard of the virtual pop singers who can … [Read more...]