NYU School of Engineering in the Media

VIDEO GAMES FOR GROWN-UPS

The office of Funomena, a small video-game company based in San Francisco's SOMA district, has all the creativity-enhancing knickknacks you expect in a Bay Area startup: clumps of clay, hydrophilic sand, a Lego mermaid, and what cofounderRobin Hunicke describes as other "stupid things we...

Bridging the Digital Divide

“Teachers are scared to death sometimes that the kids know more than they do about technology,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, on the need to prioritize professional development in New York City public schools—one of several measures she called for Tuesday morning...

U.S. Students Rule in Annual Student Cyber Security Challenge

For the sixth year in a row Carnegie Mellon's students dominated the scoreboard for Capture the Flag at last week's 11th annual New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW). The event drew hundreds of finalists from colleges and high schools...

The Bartender and the Barista: How Physics Makes Beer Easier to Carry than Coffee

Anyone who has ever carried a tray full of pint glasses without getting their feet wet knows that such a feat is hard work, but perhaps our sympathies should go out to the baristas in coffee shops instead. New research has concluded that carrying coffee without spilling is harder than beer since...

The Many Faces of 5G

The director of the NYU Wireless research center is expecting the future 5G standard to implement multiple air interfaces and feature some backward compatibility with existing 4G LTE networks. Light Reading spoke briefly to Polytechnic Institute of New York University professor Ted Rappaport Monday...

Plan calls for free Wi-Fi kiosks on city street corners

The fastest Wi-Fi in town is coming to street corners around the city — and it won’t cost a cent to use. City officials have reached a 12-year deal to install 10,000 kiosks in all five boroughs, they said, which according to one of the private operators involved will constitute the...

At the Guggenheim, a Legendary German Art Disco Is Reborn for One Night Only

After the horrors of World War II, German national identity was primed for an anything-goes reinvention — and creation always needs a laboratory. This past Saturday evening, the Guggenheim transformed into a re-creation of a decades-old Dusseldorf discotheque called the Creamcheese club,...

Disco Fever … at the Guggenheim?

In the era of museum as theme park, every institution jumps at the chance to play DJ. On Saturday, the Guggenheim turned its Rotunda into an art-house disco with the spacey sounds of Krautrock, all inspired by the overlooked and largely forgotten Düsseldorf disco the Creamcheese Club. Despite...

Physicists Explain Why Coffee Is More Prone to Spills Than Beer

Coffee simply does not like to stay in place. Restaurant servers soon learn to pour coffee at the table or to carry the poured cup and saucer separately, lest they wind up with a half-empty coffee cup sitting in a pool of spilled liquid.  Beer, however, presents no such challenge. Servers...

Declining Walkability Plays a Big Role in China's Obesity Problem

In China’s rapidly changing urban landscape, the Chinese middle class may be bearing the greatest burden when it comes to the connection between the way their cities are being built and rates of obesity, a new study suggests. A paper recently published in the journal Preventive Medicine...