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Odin’s Beard, I Love Watching This Doofy Mjolnir Drone Learn to Fly

YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced, whose stated goal is to "make pretend things into real things!" has given us two magical gifts of engineering: the most epic version of a real-life Mjolnir, and the most lovably inept.

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The Uncomfortable Is a Collection of Perfectly Infuriating Objects Designed to Annoy You

Architect and designer Katerina Kamprani created The Uncomfortable, a collection of infuriatingly designed everyday objects, as "a twisted sadistic design project"...and boy, oh boy, has she succeeded!

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Girls Beat Boys in First National Test in Technology and Engineering

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a test given to eighth grade students in public and private schools nationwide every two years to test their proficiency in various subjects and allow for policymakers and school districts to track skills over time and adjust their policies and teaching methods accordingly. In 2014, NAEP included a test that measure literacy in technology and engineering for the first time, and the results were finally made public today.

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Marvel Encourages Tech-Loving Girls With the Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge

Because the world needs more Jemma Simmonses and Jane Fosters.

There may not be much Black Widow merch, but Marvel is doing something really awesome for smart girls in the real world. In their recently-announced Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge, Marvel, along with several other corporate and science sponsors, is seeking out girls who are into the sciences and challenging them to create really small tech.

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Hollywood Plans to Create “The Female MacGyver,” and They Want Your Help

No, I said MacGyver. God.

Less than 20% of engineering bachelor degrees are currently going to women, and that number's only been getting lower in recent years. So what are we as a society to do about this when we need engineers more than ever? Obviously changing the culture to be more welcoming to women would help, but that's a slow process. In the meantime, giving kids a badass engineering idol to look up to in movies and TV might do wonders.

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GoldieBlox Will Have Their Own Float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Suck it, Garfield balloon!

The girl-centric toy company GoldieBlox has come a long way from the Kickstarter (and occasional copyright lawsuit with the Beastie Boys—though let's be real, that did a lot to boost their name recognition more than anything else) that they started out with. Now they're following up the success of the Super Bowl ad they ran earlier this year with a giant float in the 88th's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and it looks super rad.

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All-Girl Student “Team Rocket Power” Blasts off at the Speed of Light… to the White House


Science is all about proving things with verifiable evidence, so we've got some evidence to the contrary of anyone who thinks girls aren't into science. A group of three high school girls demonstrated an expertise in rocket engineering that got them invited to the White House Science Fair. In fact, this year's White House Science Fair made a general effort to focus on the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) fields, and it looks like they found no shortage there.

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GoldieBlox Is Back with Another Adorable Commercial, Hopefully They Cleared the Song This Time

That sure is a ridiculous-looking egg.

GoldieBlox got into some trouble with The Beastie Boyz over one of their earlier commercials that parodied the song "Girls," but they won't let that keep them down. They're back with a new commercial showing off their engineering toys for girls, and they've brought some interesting statistics along with them.

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Woman Uses GoDaddy Super Bowl Commercial To Quit Her Engineering Job And Do Puppetry Full Time

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Full disclosure: I didn't watch the Super Bowl. That being said, I am doing a bit of catching up on the commercials to spin out of it. You might be familiar with web hosting company GoDaddy's usual approach to marketing. Turns out, they decided to go in a different direction this year. And it's surprisingly positive.

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NASA’s Bobak “Mohawk Guy” Ferdowsi Encourages Engineering Students in New Video

Stay in your engineering program, and someday you could be NASA's signature hairstyle.

Bobak Ferdowsi is more than his haircut. He's also an engineer, and clearly a great one because he helped get the Curiosity Rover to Mars. There aren't enough young people pursuing engineering degrees (though plenty have mohawks) so Ferdowsi teamed up with to inspire people to stay in engineering programs. Go ahead. Get inspired.

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Preteen Sisters Build Robot Modeled After Mars Rover For New York Hall of Science

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Sisters Camille and Genevieve Beatty have been working with their father to build robots since Camille was only 11, so by now the pair can build a better robot than most adults. 13 year old Camille and 11 year old Genevieve have built several working, controllable robots, and they've recently unveiled another, very impressive feat of engineering based on the Mars rover Spirit.

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Little Girls Engineer Their Own Toys to Take Over the Pink Aisle In This Goldie Blox Ad [VIDEO]

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Watch as little girls show off their creativity and make their toys more innovative in this advertisement from toy creators GoldieBlox.  The company wants to put more engineering toys in the "pink aisles" of toy stores, and give little girls and boys the same options for toys that encourage creative thinking and problem solving as well as fun. The girls in the ad can be builders, thinkers, princesses, and tomboys in any combination they want, and GoldieBlox is giving them a toy with the adaptability to match. (via GoldieBlox on Youtube) Previously in Toys

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Meet RoboCarp, The First Robotic Fish That Can Dive, Surface, Consume Bread Crumbs (One Day)

There are more robotic fish than you might think out in the world right now, but this is the first one that can move in three dimensions.

Scientists have been attempting to perfect the robotic fish for years in order to perform difficult underwater maneuvers such as exploring sunken shipwrecks or detect leaks in pipelines. Now, we're one step closer to robot fish perfection, as the National University of Singapore has released a next generation fish-bot that, in addition to being able to move laterally from side to side, can also dive and float just like a real fish. Naturally, this machine is being called "RoboCarp," because it's probably illegal to name it anything else.

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New Breed of Flying Robot Sees and Avoids Obstacles With Real Time 3D Vision

Researchers at Cornell University working on a grant from DARPA have crafted a quadrocopter robot that can navigate around obstacles in real-time using a new type of 3D vision. This autonomous vision could pave the way for flying rescue robots that don't have to be controlled by humans and can enter caves or broken-down buildings and navigate on their own. Of course, it also paves the way for flying murderbots that can see us wherever we hide and means no place will ever be safe again, but, you know, you take the good with the bad.

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MIT Engineers Make Pouring Ketchup As Easy As Pouring Water

This is just like magic!

I'm sure at one time or another in your life, you've found yourself smacking your hand against a ketchup bottle. Or sticking a knife in the opening. Or stared at the bottle hoping your telekinetic powers would kick in. Whatever your method, Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have a new and improved way to get that ketchup out. And all you'll need to do is tip the bottle. Seriously, keep reading because there is a video after the jump that will BLOW YOUR MIND! 

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You’re Going to Think Smartphone Accelerometers Are the Coolest Thing After This

Most of us probably taken it for granted that our smartphones can tell up from down, but we probably only have the vaguest idea how. If pressed, we might mutter something about "accelerometers" and then try to change the subject. However, Bill Hammack is here to explain not only how your phone manages to be spatially aware, but his infectious enthusiasm will surely make you think that the humble smartphone accelerometer is one of the greatest achievements of mankind. See the video, after the break.

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To Shrink the Gender Gap In Its Engineering Department, Etsy Teams Up With Hacker School

Make It So

While the vast majority of Etsy visitors are women (according to a 2010 company survey), its vice president of engineering, Marc Hedlund has acknowledged that the company's own tech department is not as diverse as it should be. In fact, in a department of about 100, there are only 11 female engineers, none of whom are in management positions. But Hedlund isn't going to let this slide, and in order to remedy the gender disparity, a new scholarship and sponsorship program through Hacker School has been announced to encourage more women to pursue engineering postions, not only at Etsy, but across the country. And that's what we like to call "initiative"!

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Dr. Karen Panetta Gets An Award At The White House For Being A “Nerd Girl”

Today in Boobs

Dr. Karen Panetta received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama in December of last year. Besides being a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Simulation Research Laboratory at Tufts University. She is also the co-founder and Chief Research Scientist of BA Logix Inc. and founded an Engineering Outreach Program called Nerd Girls. Read on for more about this amazing(ly busy) woman. 

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Why Women Leave The Engineering Field (Hint: It’s Not To Have Babies)

Sock It To 'Em Ada

One of the most commonly proposed explanations for why women are scarce in the scientific fields of engineering, research, and medicine is that those fields are too rigorous of a day job to allow a person to raise a family. Obviously, women choose family over career much more often then men, and the engineering community can't do much about that. We can understand that this conclusion is appealing to many in the sciences: after all, it takes responsibility for changing the demographic consistency of the field away from those who are already in the community, and places it on the shoulders of the broader (and harder to quantify or blame) society and it's enforcement of gender norms. Too bad that 75% of the women who leave their engineering careers had other reasons, according to a study by Dr. Nadya Fouad called Stemming the Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering.

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Assembly Instructions from Hell

This M.C. Escher-inspired diagram has apparently been an engineering in-joke for decades, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, it's currently making the rounds once again. Not only do the parts have names like "trichotometric indicator support" and "rectabular excrusion bracket"; they're all impossible objects.

(via Neatorama)

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