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These images have been chosen for their uniqueness. Subject matter ranges from
historic events, to really cool phenomena in science and engineering, to relevant
place, to ingenious contraptions, to interesting products (which now has its own
dedicated Featured Product
Who would have guessed
that Pamela Anderson had an interest in RF? Here she is wearing a T-shirt with a
huge Smith Chart on it. Looks like pretty severe VSWR ripple in the shirt. Anyone
know who the H+R name on it is? Here is more
Smith Chart Art™.
Comments from visitors:
So... are they inductive, capacitive, or real? - DR
One could probably also ask if they are real or imaginary? - BD
circles of England are legendary, with ever more sophisticated designs appearing
all the time. Personally, I credit ingenious humans with their implementations -
not aliens. This one made headlines recently, with an "interpreter" from North Carolina
responsible for its deciphering. Take a look.
Stanhope St. George's "Telectroscope," a "device for the suppression of absence," has
finally been completed more than a century after its commencement. It is a device
that permits spectators in London and New York to view each other in real time at
either end of this Atlantic-spanning optical viewer.
pipette was developed by researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory for studying
how small volumes of liquid metal freeze at different temperatures than their larger
volume counterparts. The 10-21 liter pipettes
were made from germanium nanowires with a reservoir of gold-germanium alloy at the
the totally reconstructed "Bombe" tube-based computer, at its original location
in Bletchley Park. Bombe decoded German codes enciphered by the famous Enigma Machines.
Prior to decryption, U-boats wreaked havoc in the commercial shipping channels as
well as against naval forces.
Here is the x-ray
of a prisoner who swallowed a cell phone prior to being incarcerated. Accomplices
swallowed a charger and spare parts. Based on where it got stuck, I'd guess if the
plan had worked as envisioned, that homey would be talking some... well, you know.
You just never know
what spectacular sight you might happen upon when driving a U-Haul truck from North
Carolina to Pennsylvania. Click of the image to see and read the details of my experience.
As if we RF engineers
didn't already have a hard enough time shedding the nerd stereotype, the Tom Van
had to exacerbate the problem by creating this chess set. All the pieces are made
from different types of RF connectors. Thanks a lot!
The Art of Failure
is a collection of images like this "evil gingerbread man," which is a FIB (focused
ion beam) rendering of melted metal lines on an IC. A pyramid, frog, mummy, and
dragon heads are among the other apparitions on display. If you have something similar
from your work, please send it to me and I will publish it on RF Cafe.
You probably saw pictures
of Rotating Tower in the news, but here are some details you might have missed.
Dubai and Moscow each get one - Moscow first because of no regulatory obstacles.
There will be 80 floors, 8 apartments on each of the first 70 floors, villas on
the top 10 (villas get garages w/car elevators). Integrated solar cells and wind
turbines power the building - excess to be sold to utility company. Modular components
built at factory, shipped to site.
These images were e-mailed to me, and they were so unbelievable that
I had to find them posted somewhere on the Internet. Supposedly, they are from India.
I have seen similar images where families are living in alleys with this kind of
snarl of wires overhead and running down the alley walls. Amazing and pathetic.
Since the cost of energy affects engineering, from transportation
to powering industry, this
Gas Temperature Map should be of interest. Maybe the old saying that "Misery
Loves Company" inspired the topic. Here is a version for
Venezuelans pay about 20¢/gal, Iranians about 35¢/gal - less than what the government
takes in taxes per gallon.
U.S. crude oil suppliers: #1 is Canada, #2 is Saudi Arabia, #3
What you see are the legs and feet of a genius who got stuck under
a trash bin as he was trying to steal $10 worth of copper wire. He broke into a
landfill to collect his booty, and ended up getting his booty caught. Mr. Cook had
12 hours of breathing garbage fumes to think about how embarrassing it would be
when rescuers finally arrived.
While terrorists still
stuck in the 5th century This tattoo has to be a real babe magnet. It appears to
be scaled with inches, but surely a Euro version with metric graduations is available.
There is no mention of a metrology certificate being issued. While you are on the
website, note the embedded fingertip magnets - yikes!
Been wondering what to do with all those business cards in your desk
drawer? Dr. Jeannine Mosley turned 66,048 of them into an origami Menger Sponge.
The structure is 54 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. It was first publicly displayed
in August 2006. For more tricks with business cards, try the
Business Card Origami website.