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Volume XX Issue I

Note From The Editors

The past several months have been, for lack of a better term, a whirlwind: full of unexpected twists, spiking coronavirus cases, wildfires in our home state of California, and a presidential election on top of it all. One might call this time a disaster. We were collectively thrown into unpredictability, many of us having to completely alter our normal routines and behaviours…

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The Piano: Scales of Engineering with a Note of Artistry

October 28th, 2019|

(Traumerei – Schumann playing in the background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHlfNYY1YIY) Sixty thousand pounds is the weight of five fully-grown elephants and the amount of force contained within a concert grand piano. [1] Although it's been around for [...]

Setting the Curve: The Magnus Effect and its Applications

October 28th, 2019|

Introduction Throughout our daily lives, there are elements of design and engineering all around us, most of which go completely unnoticed. Whether it’s the chair you’re sitting on, your favorite pen, or the individual bricks [...]

Expanding (an Elevator’s) Horizons

October 28th, 2019|

Introduction: In the 2005 movie rendition of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” five golden ticket guests were given a special tour of the factory.  During the second half of the tour, they enter an elevator [...]

From The Archives

Ion Propulsion: Exploring Space in the 21st Century

October 18th, 2004|

Electric or ion propulsion is the newest propulsion system that NASA has put into successful operation. The Deep Space 1 mission used the ion engine as its primary propulsion system and tested its capabilities for [...]

Curves of Steel: CATIA and the Walt Disney Concert Hall

January 1st, 2004|

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by architect Frank Gehry, makes extensive use of computer technology. Without the use of CATIA (Computer-Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application), construction of the concert hall would have been impossible. After [...]

The Changing Face of Paintball

December 7th, 2003|

At its essence, paintball is about marking other players with gelatin capsules filled with colored dye shot from a gun powered by compressed gas. While the fundamentals of the game have not changed since its [...]

Editors’ Picks

Encrypt the Future – Quantum Cryptography

April 30th, 2014|

The inherent weakness of traditional cryptography has exposed its unreliability to modern computing technology. To overcome this issue, scientists used the laws of quantum mechanics to create quantum cryptography, which [...]

3D Printed Organs

March 1st, 2014|

The field of tissue engineering has allowed developments in 3D printing organic parts and materials. 3D printing has become a widely popular means of manufacturing over the past decade, combining [...]

Asteroid Deflection

April 30th, 2013|

The threat of an Earth-asteroid collision is very real. Historically, asteroids and comets have proven to be sources of incredible destruction, and they are thought to have caused at least [...]

Cotton Candy: Carnival Snack to Medical Wonder

May 5th, 2012|

Many people know that cotton candy is made from sugar. They may not know, however, this fun carnival treat's colorful history. Cotton candy has been used in many different ways [...]