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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Update on ITER (Thermonuclear fusion reactor)

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is under construction in France. Here is an article updating how a reorganization of its leadership is refocusing its efforts to determine if the ultimate fantasy in energy production - harnessing the energy process of the Sun for human use - is technologically possible in a reactor. This was supposed to have been built in the U.S. originally, but funding was cut under the Bush administration. I personally am hoping there is a big U.S. scientific presence with this international collaboration, because of its importance in the long-term of our energy hungry civilization. This one is worth keeping an eye on the next few years...

Friday, June 5, 2015

Girls with Toys at UIUC Engineering

The Girls With Toys movement is alive and well at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Check out their site here. This has been a wonderful attempt to get more women involved in STEM, with an emphasis on the 'E' for engineering. Keep in mind that UIUC Engineering has 15 top 5 programs, and this is a launching pad for engineering students into top positions and careers. I am always happy to plug my alma mater.   :-)