engineering

They Won’t Need Convincing

Worth noting, if this really works as advertised, no law will be needed to force airlines to use it, they’ll trip over themselves getting to it. And I hope it works. Electric Taxiing Motors Could Save Airlines Millions Of Dollars:…

Range Anxiety & Peak Use – EVs

I think this is a fantastic point. Even if average is much less than peak, you can’t ignore peak. Are people ignorant to have range anxiety? Is concern for peak use unreasonable? Design News – Captain Hybrid – Is Range…

Why I Love F1 …

Things like this. Formula 1’s Leading Team Has a Big Secret – Wired.com: “That’s where the engineering conspiracy theories begin. The leading speculation, posited by Racecar Engineering, is that Red Bull has managed to link the suspension in Vettel’s RB9…

70K of Memory and 22.4 Watts

Absolutely amazing. Interstellar 8-Track: How Voyager’s Vintage Tech Keeps Running – Wired Science: “The computers aboard the Voyager probes each have 69.63 kilobytes of memory, total. That’s about enough to store one average internet jpeg file. The probes’ scientific data…

The Manual Tranny Finally Gets Its Comeuppance

I think that the modern automatic transmission long-ago (okay, maybe within the last decade) overcame the manual transmission in terms of economy and performance in most cases. Very glad to see this column. My 2012 Hyundai and 2009 Grand Caravan…

Dr. Land was Steve Jobs, before Steve Jobs …

Just some fun reading. How the Polaroid Stormed the Photographic World – Smithsonian Magazine: I first saw the Polaroid SX-70—the one-step instant camera introduced in 1972 by the company’s co-founder, Dr. Edwin Land—in the spring of 1973, when the photographer…

The Facts About Fracking …

Fantastic article in yesterday’s WSJ. Also see the previous posts on fracking linked below. Review & Outlook: The Facts About Fracking – WSJ.com: “Fracking contaminates drinking water? One claim is that fracking creates cracks in rock formations that allow chemicals…