This ridiculously addicting game is supposed to find us all careers

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Me when people ask me WTH I’m doing with my life

Have you ever wondered how you can combine your love of cats with your passion for retail and love of stats? Or maybe you like working with numbers and wonder how you can combine that with your feminist activism and turn it into a career? Well this totally addictive Plotr Careers game is claiming to have all the answers!!!

I have to say I’ve been playing it for the last hour and I think it’s kind of awesome, it’s really pulling crazy careers out the bag and giving me ideas I never considered. I totally see myself as naval architect, science teacher or draughtsman (maybe all 3!?!?!).

You play for a while letting the machine know your random loves, likes and dislikes and it brings up a list of totally out-there careers it thinks your compatible with so hopefully we can all be like yeah! We got this!

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He engineers. He makes. He plays and experiments. And yes, folks, he even raps. Watch him give us his best in his music video “Engineering Paradise.” Holla!

New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering is facing backlash for paying interns low wages for complicated engineering work, such as developing software and designing apps. The students are pushing for better pay, but NYU officials have said “the money is to a certain degree almost arbitrary” because the value and skills the students gets from the opportunities are more important.

I’ve been a bit out of track recently, mainly because I’m getting more and more tired through the semester and I lost my motivation. So today I thought it would be nice to print all the stuff I needed and organize a bit my folder.
When it looks nice it seems more inviting to study, that’s for sure.

Lady Scientist Spotlight: dainty-cat, Electrical Engineering

Cool, I never knew this was a thing. So, to begin I came out this year as a transwoman in the midst of my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota in the electrical engineering program. I love my digital systems design labs. I had the biggest smile when my lab partner and I debugged our “hand built” 2 bit adder. Now in the same lab I’m working on building a binary multiplier using the shift and add algorithm. And let me tell you it is difficult but so rewarding to understand the building blocks of how my computer which I take for granted works.

I was with my dad and we watched this video about how microprocessors were made and afterwards I said, “I want to do that,” so I’m kind of still doing that. Replace microprocessors with cells and voltages with rates of chemical reactions and you have the research area I want to enter (cellular computation). The best part is one of my professors introduced me to this area and I’m taking his class in cellular computation next semester and I’m so excited.

In my little free time I actually love singing. In general I love BoA’s music so I sing along in Japanese or Korean, but sadly I don’t speak either language. The best part is somehow I’ve learned to sing in the upper registers so I match pitch as well. I tend to write songs in French which is the language I’m minoring in at the moment. It was in my French classes that I found my voice writing-wise so the language is special for me. 

This post became very long. So my advice is to just believe in yourself. You are just as good as everyone else in your classes. An exam does not determine your worth as a person. I say this because I’m guilty of letting my grades get to me. Same time appreciate the beauty of the world. Science for me has allowed me to see and appreciate things that non scientists wouldn’t find interesting.

Thank you so much for sharing this!  We’re all very proud of you.  :)  I hope you’ll keep sharing with us!

I was also deeply involved in choirs in college, and I minored in French too!  One thing I’ve learned is to stay well-rounded.  I love my research and stressing over grades, but music and the French language are just fun without the pressure.  I’m getting back into the latter through Duolingo. :)

A trick of tether dynamics

If you drop a metal ring down a straight chain loop, rather than falling straight off it’ll catch itself into a loop. This is because a travelling wave moves down the chain. The whiplash of the wave kicks the end of the chain upwards. The ring falls into the whole and gets stuck.

Tether dynamics at a larger scale - such as for very high balloons or deep offshore oil and gas platforms - can get very complex. Hear Hilary Costello discuss her PhD research into tether dynamics in this video on the Ri Channel.

What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

"A Senate vote approving completion of the pipeline is scheduled for today— less than one week after the House approved the same legislation. That means President Obama may soon have a chance to sign off on the pipeline — or to veto it.

Before today’s vote, here are a few things to help you make sense of the Keystone XL debate.”

(via npr)