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Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

Food. It's not just the way we fuel our bodies,but perhaps the most intimate way we interact with our environment. Everything we eat comes from nature and begins as something growing on land or at sea. While our food is rooted in a vast chain of ecological relationships, it's also part of an increasingly complex and problematic system of our own design. It's a system that has resulted in depleted soils, landfills full of packaging waste and uneaten food, and dependence on expensive inputs, like chemical fertilizers—all while nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day. From seed (or sea) to table and everywhere in between, there's a lot we need to improve.

CS Careers: Computer Animation | Robomatter, Inc.

Computer animation has become a mainstay in the entertainment industry, and sometimes you wouldn’t even realize that something you are watching is computer animation. From character animations in Pixar films, to creating realistic massive crowd replications in big budget blockbusters to designing virtual reality worlds for new technology like the Oculus Rift, computer animation or CGI (computer-generated imagery) animation is the process used for generating animated images by using computer graphics. [i] Thanks to its growing popularity, the job market for computer animators has been increasing!

Vectors and Circles: CISL and EMPAC at RPI, Troy NY

EMPAC has been designed from the beginning as a center where art, science, and technology “meet under one roof and breathe the same air” through research, development, production, and performance. CISL @ EMPAC is a new, substantial research initiative between Rensselaer and IBM, which uses the infrastructure of EMPAC to further expand the intellectual and artistic discourse at the intersection of digital technology and the human condition. IBM and Rensselaer launched the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Laboratory (CISL) as part of the IBM Cognitive_ColloquiumNY, which was held at EMPAC on November 18, 2015. The name of the laboratory indicates the convergence of a major research enterprise in cognitive computing with what is unique about EMPAC.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab

FREE for a limited time - Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, an app based on The Thomas Edison's Secret Lab show which can be viewed on select PBS stations, Netflix and the Kid Genius channel on Comcast Xfinity. The Secret Lab Kids want to show elementary students (ages 5 - 9) that science is fun. The app has…

Old English Teachers Never Fade Away – P21

When I was a boy several centuries back, the historic words "Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away" flowed out of my family's sole radio. Over the years, I have uncovered many meanings in General MacArthur's retirement speech. Today, whenever I engage in discussion about the Common Core Standards, I end up thinking about what he said. I sometimes make an adjustment as in "Old English Teachers Never Fade Away." As a retired English Teacher now editing and writing, my communications career has not yet faded. "Once an English teacher, always......." even as I am asked to.. ..Read More....