Daily Archives: February 5, 2012

Weekly sports recap: 2/6/12

February 3-4
Indoor T & F – Orediggers Hillary Hurst (eighth, 800m, 2:15.84) Marie Patton (seventh, mile, 5:06.15), and Hannah Schuster(tenth, mile, 5:14.95) all recorded top ten finishes for Mines. For the men, Russel Drummond (second, mile, 4:12.46) was Mines top placing individual finisher while Peter Jenkins (third, 800m, 1:52.83), Tyler Curtis (fourth, 3k, 8:41.60), Andrew Epperson (sixth, 3k, 8:45.32), Neal Anderson (eighth, 3k, 8:51.50) and Cody Walega (sixth, Pole Vault, 14-03.25) each finished in the top ten. Drummond, Jenkins, Garrett Hoch, and Mack McClain won the men’s DMR in 9:55.66, over four seconds faster than second place.

Alara: Chapter 3

The tunnel seemed to drag on without any sign of anything interesting. Countless twists and turns and Chloe found nothing but bugs, scurrying at the edges of her torch’s reach. Her footsteps echoed off the neglected, unfinished walls. Her father told her once these were going to be used for housing another hundred people, but Chloe couldn’t remember the last time any survivors were found. Maybe it really was dead up there.

Music Review: Howler’s America Give Up

It is not a new comparison, and I’m sure the band itself is getting tired of hearing it, but it is too obvious not to point out the similarities between the new indie rock band Howler from Minnesota and their New York counterpart The Strokes. They are even signed to the same label. But honestly, what indie rock band wouldn’t want to be compared to The Strokes? These are large footprints to fill, but for modern day indie rock they are the standard. Lead singer Jordan Gatesmith is a promising lead, but he has a long way to go before he will touch Julian Casablancas. While Howler’s “America Give Up” hardly touches The Strokes debut “Is This It,” it’s a genuinely good album of its genre.

Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Having never seen the Swedish version, the American version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” proved to be a well directed, well acted, and well filmed compelling mystery/action movie. The movie revolves around the unsolved mystery of Harriet Vanger, a young girl of affluent background, who disappeared forty some years ago. Her entire family lives on an island that is secluded from the rest of the world, yet their contact with each other is minimal. This alone is a great enough concept to start a novel, and while the movie never delves into it, there is something to be said about leaving their interactions as another mystery of the film. While the plot of the movie lies in the solving of this mystery, by the end the audience is far more concerned with Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) than the solved crime, or even her male counterpart Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig).

FM Radio: a good radar?

In an age dominated by the Internet, FM radio is still making an impact in modern science, based on the work of Dr. John Sahr.

The ionosphere, the upper portion of the atmosphere ranging from about 50 km to 600 km above sea level, is difficult to study, as it lies above the reach of aircraft and below the orbit of satellites. However, Dr. John D. Sahr, from the University of Washington, has found that FM radiowaves can act as a radar and help scientists discover more about this remote region of the atmosphere.

Studying megaquakes from monasteries

Over 3,000 people died and over 225,000 were made homeless in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; the deadliest earthquake in the U.S. At the time, San Francisco had a population of 400,000. While these numbers are significant, an earthquake on the Indian and Eurasian plates has the potential to cause damage on a much larger scale, according to Dr. Roger Bilham.

Technical Interview

Technical interview tips for success

“We first make our habits, then our habits make us.” This quote by John Dryden embodies the idea that Art Livotte of Agilent Technologies shared with all that attended his lecture Wednesday titled “3-Ways to Fail your Technical Interview, plus 7-ways to Ace It.” Livotte argues that if we develop proper habits and implement them in our lives, it will lead us to success and help us to avoid the three major pitfalls he sees as a recruiter.

Scientific discoveries this week: 2/6/12

Yunnan Province, China – Petroleum companies map geological formations underwater using high-pressure blasts from air guns. The technology is being applied to the field of seismology to measure how seismic waves propagate through the rock. The researchers have postulated that they will be able to monitor the internal stress changes within the rock near fault zones. By tracking this stress, they may be able to predict earthquakes with some accuracy. Researchers plan to test the technology by firing the gun once a week for the next few years in a known seismically active zone and noting the changes that occur.

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Great interview tips

“We made a 25 kV Tesla Coil and blew up all the electronics in a two block radius.” said Jill Patterson, the Human Resources Manager at The RMH Group, a local consulting firm. She was explaining some advice an engineer wanted her to give students applying for jobs. The advice in full was to “convey an interest in and a passion for life and engineering including examples of interesting or weird experiments.”

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