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New Horizons Reaches Pluto, July 14, 2015!

Do you remember where you were on January 19, 2006? On that date, at 1:00 p.m. Central Standard time, (CST) the Atlas 5 rockets shot the New Horizons spacecraft towards space! The probe left earth at about 36,250 miles per hour – the fastest ever for a NASA mission. In a post-launch interview, the principal investigatorContinue reading “New Horizons Reaches Pluto, July 14, 2015!”

Interactive Online Tool for Iowa Flood Information!

As rainy as this spring has been, you may want to learn how to check out the flood conditions in your area. Almost everyone knows that floodplains are the lowlands and relatively flat areas adjoining waterways that are subject to flooding.  Floodplains are, in fact, an extension of the water system.  Their natural function is to helpContinue reading “Interactive Online Tool for Iowa Flood Information!”

Happy Women in Engineering Day!!

Last year the National Women in Engineering Society (WES) ) set up Women in Engineering Day to celebrate its 95th anniversary! WES started after World War I in 1919, when the many women who worked in engineering and technical roles during the war campaigned to save their jobs when the war ended and the jobs theyContinue reading “Happy Women in Engineering Day!!”

Happy 25th Anniversary, Hubble!

On April 24, 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched from  the Space Shuttle Discovery. Previously, telescopes had been positioned on remote mountaintops and away from city lights in order to prevent distortion from Earth’s atmosphere. Now Hubble was being propelled into Earth’s orbit to prevent atmospheric distortion literally by rising above it. That atmosphere is whatContinue reading “Happy 25th Anniversary, Hubble!”

Wearable Tech Is All Around Us

  Wearable technology is all over the news these days, but we have been dreaming of it for a long time (remember Dick Tracy, Inspector Gadget, and Maxwell Smart?) Wearable technology spans a multitude of different forms and uses – from frivolous and fun to life-enhancement and survival. From prosthetic limbs, expensive smart watches, fitness bands, toContinue reading “Wearable Tech Is All Around Us”

Happy 45th Anniversary, Earth Day!!

Happy Earth Day! April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day. Founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, WI, it brought the environment to the forefront of awareness – on both personal and political levels. It also led to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency. In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 5,000 environmental groups inContinue reading “Happy 45th Anniversary, Earth Day!!”

It Is National Library Week!

It is National Library Week!!   Do you know how much your Engineering Library has to offer?   The Lichtenberger Engineering Library – YOUR library – has a collection of more than 150,000 books! We also provide access to over 5,000 current electronic journal titles, and over 100 engineering-related DVDs! On or off-campus, you haveContinue reading “It Is National Library Week!”