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News

Hybrid WENO scheme: The trade-offs between accuracy and cost

On Wednesday, January 26, Professor Jianxian Qui gave a lecture titled Hybrid Weighted Essentially Non-Oscillatory Schemes with Different Indicators. It is a test of different methods that can detect a discontinuity in a function. The main idea is that lower order fluxes could be combined to find a higher order approximation of a disturbance.

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Student Organizations

Club Spotlight: Boxing Club, nerds that fight back

Many people in the Mines community share the common belief that boxing is a dangerous sport that requires 300 pound brutes with brains that look like applesauce. To a Mines student, nothing is more important than what is in between the ears.
So why would a Mines student ever want to box? According to the CSM Boxing Team captain, Davis Moore, “It is never a bad thing to know how to throw a punch.” Those still concerned about the brain factor should know boxing is neither a chaotic nor a barbaric sport. Some actually say that boxing is an art. Boxing is a sport that according to Moore, “Promotes conditioning …allows for [students] to learn their capabilities, and is a self-confidence booster.”

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Satire

School Shooting Prevented by Concealed-Carry Weapons

Given Mines’ ongoing deliberations about whether to allow concealed carry guns, last week’s news of a school shooting prevented by gun-toting good guys has the campus abuzz. “We finally have proof,” said pro-gun sophomore Ryan Schmeits, “that allowing responsible students to carry guns on campus may provide more than just an illusion of safety.”

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Morals for Your Story

Morals for your story: 1-31-11

Dilemma

When I got accepted to Mines my grandfather offered to pay for my college tuition. He said an engineering degree is a worthwhile investment. He doesn’t think a marine biology degree is a worthwhile investment, though, so he’s not paying for my brother’s college tuition. The bad news is that I’ve decided I want to change my major. To physics.

Is it unethical not to tell him? Is there anything wrong with letting him see for himself on graduation day? Maybe he won’t come to graduation and he’ll never have to know. Or maybe I’m obligated to keep studying what he offered to pay for because life isn’t supposed to fun anyway or something like that.
–Physics Rebellion

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Opinion

Tim’s Two Cents: Reaction Vs. Response

There is a reason I don’t watch political pundits on television: most simply act as reactionaries for their declared side. There is a reason they call paramedics “first responders” (I can only imagine how terrible life would be if we had to be rescued by “first reactors”). My point is this: at every level of social, political, and professional interaction there is a tension between the urge to react and the intellectual wherewithal to form a response.

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Music

Music Review: The beautiful dark twisted fantasy of Kanye West

I have observed an interesting phenomenon. It seems that people occasionally define their musical tastes in terms of what genres they avoid. On more than one occasion I’ve heard the words “anything except rap, pop, country… etc.” spoken as though the speaker were proselytizing.

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Gear

Tech Break: LG Optimus V Review

This week I was going to talk about anti-competitive shenanigans on the part of Apple and Comcast, but this news is more current, more important, and more just-plain-awesome. The reason is that there now exists an excellent smart phone that does not require a contract and allows unlimited data and messaging, plus some voice minutes for less than the price of the average cell carrier’s unlimited data plan alone. This phone’s name is Optimus V, and it is available on Virgin Mobile.

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Lifestyle

The stars shine brightly above Mines: Venus, our inhospitable sister planet

There are few places that have captured the minds of dreamers like Venus. Every picture of Earth’s sister planet is covered in clouds, like a veil hiding the treasures below. Up until the beginning of the modern age of space exploration Venus was even more of a mystery. Like the moon, from the position of Earth, Venus has its own phases that it runs through as it dances around the Sun. Overall it is a very appealing planet, one that for a time was thought to contain life to the point that some romantic thinkers imagined complex civilizations living in ivory towers on a rich steamy jungle planet.

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News

Do you want to work for the EPA?

In today’s working world, any opportunity to get a head start on finding a job is worth taking. Thursday, four Colorado School of Mines graduates returned to Mines to give a talk, explaining what it’s like to work for the Environmental Protection Agency and how best to get there. Between the four presenters, there was a wide variety of different job duties, ranging from desk work and writing proposals to field work, testing and regulation enforcement. But one thing they all had in common was their education at Mines.

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News

Emission savings from wind power generation

Graduate students gathered Tuesday evening in the Engineering Hall to hear an presentation by Mines’ very own Professor Daniel T. Kaffine. An Assistant Professor of Economics and Business, Professor Kaffine reported to his audience on the emission savings from wind power generation in the United States through a revolutionary new method.