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Number of iMechanica Registered Users exceeds 30,000


As of 8 January 2012, the number of registered users of iMechanica exceeded 30,000 , the total number of posts is 11,690, the total number of comments is 18,000.  After five years and four months since its launch, iMechanica still keeps growing steadily.

Founded in September 2006, iMechanica aims

How clould I find the blogs that I read before?

Free Tags: 

Can  iMechanica remember the blogs or pages that I read for a future review?

How about having a special Mechanics Gallery here?

Here is an idea I submit for consideration by all iMechanicians, but esp. so by the admins and moderators. Discussion is welcome.


Idea: Why not have a Mechanics Gallery section here?

Origin: Recently, I was browsing for some OpenGL-encapsulating C++ class libraries, e.g. OpenSceneGraph, VTK, the game development libraries, etc. The Web sites of all such libraries always carry a "Gallery" page which is designed to attract the potential users. The Gallery page shows the capabilities and advantages of that library/framework.

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Number of registered users of iMechanica exceeds 20,000

As of 11 May 2010, the number of registered users of iMechanica exceeded 20,000 , the total number of posts is 8191, the total number of comments is 14557.  The growth of iMechanica community remains steady since its launch.

Founded in September 2006, iMechanica aims

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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 !!

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among researchers and groups who are working in biology &
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If you would like edit access, would be interested in helping out, or want your lab website hosted on OpenWetWare, please join 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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Growing pains of iMechanica

Dear fellow iMechanica users,

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7000+ registered users of iMechanica

The number of registered users of iMechanica reaches 7000 on 11 May 2008. So far, our fellow iMechanicians have contributed 3172 posts and 7425 comments.  The evolving statistics of iMechanica
(see the latest updates here and here) shows a steady growth with no sign of slowing down. 

Check out the earlier milestones of iMechanica when the number of registered users reached:


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are there platforms similar to iMechanica? should we list them all?

I think it would be useful to collect a list of most useful sites, to start with iMechanica-look-alike.  Not exactly similar but a good site for CFD is  This incidentally suggests us some "ways" to improve iMechanica.  (see my other blog PROPOSAL for iMechanica node/2996)

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iMechanica back on service

Dear fellow iMechanicians:

After some technical problems over the past weekend, iMechanica is now back on full service. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank for your patience.

We are particularly grateful to Ms. Lesley Lam in OIT of Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for her prompt fix of the problem.


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Hello imechanica users: I launch a few ideas. Can we improve imechanica stealing ideas from successful web systems like google, amazon, wikipedia, myspace, youtube? Taking the best of the various worlds to improve our imechanica?

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Read About Web-based discussion forums in Science!


Read About Web-based discussion forums in Science! 

Science 29 February 2008:
Vol. 319. no. 5867, pp. 1189 - 1190

Integrating Content Detail and Critical Reasoning by Peer Review

Ravi Iyengar,1* Maria A. Diverse-Pierluissi,1 Sherry L. Jenkins,1 Andrew M. Chan,2 Lakshmi A. Devi,1 Eric A. Sobie,1 Adrian T. Ting,3 Daniel C. Weinstein1

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iMechanica: 5000 registered users, 9.5 million web hits

Launched on 9 September 2006, iMechanica is the web of mechanics and mechanicians.  The mission of iMechanica is twofold:

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Is it possible to find a way to more categorization of information in Imechanica?

Information in Imechanica is a little dispersed it is good in its present form but is it possible to categorization of information more?

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Minutes of iMechanica get-together at McMat 2007

On 6 June 2007, about 50 mechanicians attended a special session at the McMat 2007, " get together". The attendees of this special session came from various job sectors, such as academia, industry as well as government agencies. The session was chaired by K. Ravi-Chander and Rui Huang, who also served in the organizing committee of McMat 2007.

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Can iMechanica replace mechanical seminars in the future?

Reading the article, future role of iMechanica (node/908) posted by Teng (user/10), I am thinking that iMechanica may replace mechanical seminars, lectures conducted by invited mechanicians, in the future.

Academic seminars have several functions: first, to exchange information; second, to build up connections.

Systematization Schemes for Mechanics and Concept Maps

1. Introductory

Recently, there has been some active discussion on topics like:
-- Open-source textbooks
-- Comparing lecture notes
-- Unification of mechanics
-- Wikipedia and Citizendium

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The future role of iMechanica

Since iMechanica went official on 9 September 2006, its growth has always been accelerating. As of 22 February 2007, the total number of hits on iMechanica reaches 1,000,000+, iMechanica has 1252 registered users, 908 posts and 1308 comments.

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