A 9k+ MPG vehicle?!
Students from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering took first place in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, a nationwide competition to see who could design the most efficient prototype electric vehicle. The Duke Electric Vehicles student club, led by copresidents Aniruddh Marellapudi and Patrick Grady, combined aerodynamics and data analysis (made possible by a to-the-second analysis software created by fellow students Yunfan Zhang and Shijia Hu). The driver, mechanical engineering student Caroline Ayanian, was able, along with their pit crew, to track power spikes and other data via wireless laptop computers. The winning vehicle, which was 90 percent built by the students, posted a score of 9,976 miles per gallon! Learn more and see photos of the team and vehicle on Duke Electric Vehicles’ Facebook page.
Let’s help our neighbors
Lately it’s been really frustrating trying to keep up with crowdfunding campaigns, and there are so many crowdfunding sites nowadays that I have definitely lost track. And it’s also frustrating when someone I know tells me about a failed crowdfunding campaign after the fact, when I know I could have helped with an online interview, custom video, etc, etc.
So here’s a new feature--Let’s help our neighbors—where I will help promote your crowdfunding campaign by posting your Vimeo or YouTube video. For a fee of $25/month (payable via PayPal), I can post your video + conduct an online interview (which will also be a YouTube video)! Let the Durham Skywriter and TV Skywriter help you raise the money you need—call 919-809-9682 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org today.
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Yet another bombing
It’s not often that I express my opinion within these pages, but I think I’ll make an exception this time. I hope you don’t mind if I address how I felt following the bombing in Manchester, England:
Sigh. Another bombing. And as expected, accusations, name-calling, and statements that we’re at war.
Is it really necessary for “us” to know how it feels when “our” planes cruise ominously overhead and drop bombs that kill innocent people in faraway lands … even if it’s by mistake? I’m curious. I think it’s necessary especially when it’s by mistake. Of course, I realize that that’s impractical, but “we’ll” never understand what fuels “their” hatred until we at least get a clue.
While we hear about errant bomb strikes that wipe out the occasional wedding party, they’re noting and mourning each individual person, just as we do when things like the Manchester bombing occur. So, we read and hear about each victim’s life and see their photos; we decry the barbaric act and call for something to be done.
I read an ISIS announcement claiming credit for the Manchester bombing. They referred to the victims as “crusaders,” as if they had routed some 10th-century warriors. Of course, they didn’t want their people to read about their youthful, innocent victims any more than our media and military want us to.
I’d like to get a daily account on how many people are killed each day by our bombs, complete with ages and genders. We’re paying for this war and deserve to get itemized “progress reports.” I know what I’m asking for is ridiculous, but I don’t think we can begin to understand what we’re dealing with until we do. At the very least, it might stop silly statements like, “They hate us for our freedom.” I don’t expect citizens in faraway lands to call for ISIS to do the same, because I understand that that’s not how it works over there.
So where do we stand now? People are being inexplicably wiped out on both sides, with each calling the other “barbaric murderers.” I don’t feel comfortable just sighing and allowing this to keep happening until something better comes along. Got any ideas?
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