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Video clearly explaining the second law of thermodynamics and its implications for efficiency.

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Will be finishing up the rest of the art prompts soon! This is what I’ve been up to on the side lately–binge watching ST TOS and sewing in the early hours of the morning.

I really liked the new uniforms that I wanted to cosplay Uhura in ST Beyond for Fanexpo Vancouver this year. I’m going to also be making a sciences uniform after and cosplay an alien complete with special FX makeup and latex prosthetics too! (And then I gotta make a TOS Kirk wrap and Spock ST Beyond uniform for the fiancé as well.)

These pictures have all been taken in different lighting, so that’s why the lighting is so different in each picture; the second one was in daylight. :) Almost done–just gotta attach everything together and hem the dress so it’s shorter now! And wait for my metal Starfleet badges to come in the mail! XD

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Hi! So yeah this is my third attempt at making a studyblr bc I’m not good at commitment lol. I’m an 18 year old doing my bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering. I’ve always enjoyed computers and all the interesting logic behind different programs. Math was and is probably my favourite subject of all time. I’m not a straight A student or whatever, but I aim to achieve my goals in life and try not to procrastinate that much. I enjoy the feeling of being with myself most of the time and music is my favourite pastime. I’m not a huge fan of coffee or tea (I know it probably sounds strange???). Those are some things I’d never get on board with tbh. The studyblr community is relatively new to me so bear with me while I learn about stuff.

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After 12 years working as an engineer for a Fortune 500 company, I quit my management job to become an auto mechanic. I traded high heels and an air-conditioned office for boots, Dickies and grime-covered hands. The reason was simple: I was tired of feeling like an auto airhead and getting scammed by the male-dominated car-care industry. ~ Patrice Banks

Girls Auto Clinic (GAC) is a woman owned and operated business run by Patrice Banks, engineer and automotive technician.  Patrice, a mechanic that caters to women, started GAC to educate and empower women through their cars!

What a FANTASTIC idea! I hope she has great success.   

This is what humans would have to look like in order to survive a car crash. The Australian government teamed up with a sculptor, trauma surgeon, and engineer for a road safety campaign and created ‘Graham,’ who has no neck, knees that bend in all directions, and extra fat to protect the ears, nose, head, and ribs from fatal injury. Source

No batteries required: The first autonomous, entirely soft robot

The octobot is powered by a chemical reaction and controlled with a soft logic board. A reaction inside the bot transforms a small amount of liquid fuel (hydrogen peroxide) into a large amount of gas, which flows into the octobot’s arms and inflates them like a balloon. A microfluidic logic circuit, a soft analog of a simple electronic oscillator, controls when hydrogen peroxide decomposes to gas in the octobot. Credit: Lori Sanders

Via Tech Xplore

So everyone is talking about how great Holtzmann is and how quirky she is and super seductive af.
But I wanted to give props to this movie for portraying a nuclear engineer, a female nuclear engineer.
In a department of 75 nuclear engineering students, I was one of two girls. I can’t count how many times my professors have tried to discourage me from studying this sect engineering and my advisor using “girls don’t usually study nuclear engineering in the college of engineering” it has brought me into a pit where no one supports my passions in nuclear science and designing safer, efficient ways to use plasma, radiation, and excitation.
Studying engineering has been nothing but a struggle, not because I don’t understand material, but because of the inherent sexism built in the engineering society.
Seeing just one actor portray a glorified version of what I want to be has helped me with solidifying that I need to pave the way for girls whose passions fall into the nuclear sciences and will look at me as their role model.

Major types of Engines

Straight In-line

This is the type of engine that you find in your quotidian car. Nothing fancy, just all pistons arranged parallel along the vertical direction.


V in-line

Now, this is the sort of the engine that you find on sports cars like the Ferrari. When you hear sports enthusiasts go ‘ Whoa, that’s a V-12! ‘ - it just means that the engine has a V-type arrangement with 12 cylinders.


V +  Inline = V-inline

Commonly referred to as the VR engine.

The name VR6 comes from a combination of V engine (German: V-Motor), and the German word “Reihenmotor” (meaning “inline engine” or “straight engine”)

Volkswagen’s VR6 engines, and the later VR5 variants, are a family of internal combustion engines, characterized by a narrow-angle (10.5° or 15°) V engine configuration.


                    a: straight engine, b: V engine, c: VR engine


W engine

A W engine is a type of reciprocating engine ( again created by Volkswagen) arranged with its cylinders in a configuration in which the cylinder banks resemble the letter W, in the same way those of a V engine resemble the letter V.


Bugatti Veyron’s W16 engine

A W16 engine is used on the Bugatti Veyron. That’s 16 cylinders!



Flat Engine

Flat engines offer several advantages for motorcycles, namely: a low centre of gravity, smoothness, suitability for shaft drive, and (if air-cooled) excellent cooling of the cylinders. You can find them on aircrafts as well


Radial Engine (aka the dancing starfish)

They were used mostly in small aircraft for the propeller

The big advantage of radials was their large frontal area, which meant they could be air cooled, meaning less maintenance, failures, and of course a lower cost of initial purchase and maintenance.


Wankel Engine

This engine has only 3 moving parts and can make a lot of power.However, they are pretty inefficient, the last car to use this was a Mazda RX-8.


Axial Engine

The axial engine is a very interesting design. But they are not widely used because they are just hard to make and running these things at high RPM’s  is a challenge.

Duke engines are equipped with this type.


Jet engine

Commonly jet engines refer to the engines that are found on, well Jets!

Suck,squeeze,bang and blow

Air is sucked in through the front and  squeezed. A controlled explosion follows and the exhaust is blown out through the back

But, Jet engines also include the engines that are found on rockets, hybrids and water-jets. And their mode of operation is different than the one mentioned above.

Pretty cool eh?

Have a great day!



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** There is also the Stirling Engine. It’s amazing and a topic for an another post. But if you are interested do check out more about it here.


EDIT :  Had forgotten about the VR and the W-engines. My bad! Thanks for pointing it out.:D.

EDIT2: The suck squeeze bang and blow illustration was incorrect. Ergo, changed that.

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An upcoming Hollywood film will highlight NASA’s black, female scientists.

These women are an inspiration, I am glad their story is finally being told. They are examples of truly brilliantly gifted female geniuses. The world needs to know their story in order to help break down the existing negative barriers of racism and sexism.

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