What’s Shaking

The Raspberry Shake is not a new type of smoothie, but a new tool for detecting earthquakes and other seismic activity. Developed by a startup in Panama, the Raspberry shake is a powerful tool for people interested in earthquakes and citizen science. The Raspberry Shake, designed initially as a maker project for home use, has… Continue reading What’s Shaking

Enabling Technologies

Raspberry Pi Sometimes one good idea leads to many others and the Raspberry Pi computers are a great example. The Raspberry Pi is a set of small, single-board computers created for to help teach computer science in schools and to other interested learners. Released in 2012 by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, an educational charity focused… Continue reading Enabling Technologies

Youth Robotics

            Robotics is not only the province of Silicon Valley high-tech start-ups or university engineering grad students. Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST as an organization to encourage young people to get involved in STEM activities to prepare for a technology-rich future. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) aims to combine the excitement… Continue reading Youth Robotics

Nanotechnology

Big Things from Small Particles Nanotechnology is a branch of science and technology focused on the study and application of tiny particles and structures. This interdisciplinary field combines many areas of study, such as physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, engineering, and computer science. One example of nanotechnology at work is Tethys, the device developed by… Continue reading Nanotechnology

Dragonfly Robot

Nanotechnology Nanotechnology is the science, engineering, and technology at the molecular level, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.  At Duke University, bio-medical engineers have created a robot shaped like a dragonfly with a soft body that operates without electronics. This miniature robot is driven by air pressure through microchannels in its hydrogel body. DraBot, as… Continue reading Dragonfly Robot

Emerging Technologies

Start of an exploration “May You Live in Interesting Times” though reputed to be an ancient Chinese curse, it is actually Western and recent. We certainly live in interesting times. Technology has become an important part of our lives, and it certainly is interesting. New technologies are always emerging, always building on what came before,… Continue reading Emerging Technologies