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biomimetics from national geographics april 2008


Boxfish Hdr

Biomimetics: Design by Nature
What has fins like a whale, skin like a lizard, and eyes like a moth? The future of engineering.

By Tom Mueller

Photograph by Robert Clark

Biomimetics: Design by Nature

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China: The prizes and pitfalls of progress

Remember when I spoke of the Easterlin paradox (a key concept in happiness economics postulated by Richard Easterlin in the 1974 paper "Does Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence."[1]
It finds that, contrary to expectation, happiness at a national level

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Mars and Venus - How Europeans and Americans View and Use Science - ESOF July20th -Part 1: The Eu Perspective -

From ESOF, an interesting presentation, attached. 

Mars and Venus
How Europeans and Americans
View and Use Science<
Part 1: The European Perspective

Dr Roland Schenkel, Director General, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

 Some quotes

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The full list of journals ranked by H index --- but not the list of highlycited papers :(

After some conversation with Roozbeh which are "irritatingly useful" :) I found that this site has done already all the calculations we need  except the list of highlycited papers which remains for me the most interesting aspect and which we seem to need to do manually as we did yesterday with IJSS and JMPS at Most cited papers and H-factor of some mechanics journals -- IJSS

Some results are attached as a big PDF file.

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A 25million US$ challenge for imechanica: VIRGIN EARTH CHALLENGE


Sir Richard Branson has recently announced


The Virgin Earth Challenge is a prize of $25m for whoever can demonstrate to the judges' satisfaction a commercially viable design which results in the removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases so as to contribute materially to the stability of Earth’s climate.


I know it is NOT our main expertise, but should imechanica altogether run for the challenge?

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Most cited papers and H-factor of some mechanics journals -- IJSS


The full list of journals ranked by H index

It is possible to rank journals equally as authors, using e.g. the Harzing Publish or Perish sofware based on Google Scholar. I did the excercise for IJSS. It turns out the H-index is 78 (slightly higher than even the best authors in solid mechanics, but not stellar).  In the most highlycited papers, we find good names, but not stellar papers.

The results may be affected by the limitations of the software.

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Nasa engineers work overnigth in competition against other Nasa engineers !!

NASA Engineers Work on Alternative Moon Rocket

By Jay Reeves
Associated Press Writer
posted: 14 July 2008
05:23 pm ET

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Schwarzenegger, Obama, and Energy-related position at the White House

July 13, 2008, 7:31 pm

Schwarzenegger Says He Would Accept Obama Appointment

Melanie Trottman reports on the presidential race.

Guests on the Sunday newsmaker shows, including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain adviser Carly Fiorina, spotlighted energy and the economy and paid tribute to former White House press secretary Tony Snow.

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Google launches HealthMap and PlosMedicine article -- When a mechanics web-based project?

These type of projects are interesting, when a mechanics-based one?

An example of web-based projects


 Summary Points

Valuable information about infectioous
diseases is found in Web-accessible
information sources such as discussion
forums, mailing lists, government Web
sites, and news outlets.

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Wikipedia on H-index ---- another excellent article, and also very interesting!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  (Redirected from Hirsch number)

Jump to: navigation, search

This article is about the index of scientific research impact. For the economic measure, see Herfindahl index.

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Delft 22 - 24 October


Tom Scarpas     Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Patrick Selvadurai     McGill University, Canada

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A movement to improve Peer Review in Italy and the relative Forum


Palazzo del Quirinale, 09-07-2008

Il Presidente Giorgio Napolitano rivolge il
suo indirizzo di saluto ad una delegazione dei firmatari di due appelli
in favore della ricerca scientifica

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Beyond nanoscales...

My friend Pugno is speculating beyond the nanomaterial strength.


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Viagra and Mechanics --- Watermelon May Have Viagra-effect

I was reading this research from A&M Texas on Viagra and Watermelon.

I have noticed that it has made the front page news on many newspapers
worldwide in a matter of few days.  Maybe we should move to this field,
and because below I find that there are indeed interaction with aorta stiffness and elastic wave reflections.

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PlosONE publishes secret of Stradivari violins in wood density

Research Article

Formal Correction: This article has been formally corrected to address the following errors.

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A collection of "this cannot work" statements

I was  reading the rejection of imechanica from NSF

A "Supreme Court" for peer review of papers and proposals

And these sentences came to my mind.....

"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."
-Dr. Lee DeForest, "Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television."

"The Atomic bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
-Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project

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The twin of imechanica in biology and bio-engineering is from MIT !!

OpenWetWare is an
effort to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and wisdom
among researchers and groups who are working in biology &
biological engineering. Learn more about us.

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Science 2.0: Great New Tool, or Great Risk?

Welcome to a Scientific American experiment in "networked
journalism," in which readers—you—get to collaborate with the author to
give a story its final form.



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