Once a year, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California take a break from building robots that explore the solar system to building over-engineered jack-o’-lanterns.
from NASA JPL’s 2016 pumpkin carving contest
Now in its seventh year, the unofficial pumpkin carving contest gives engineers a chance to flex their creative muscles and bond as a team. The rules are simple: no planning, carving or competing during work hours.
Below you will find some highlights from this year’s contest as well as some interesting entries from years past. You can see the full album on NASA JPL’s Flickr page.
Charts of the week: Donuts
Friday June 07, 2019
Because June 7 is “National Donut Day,” here are some charts from Brookings research that remind us of the tasty fried dough treat. Enjoy! CRULLER: DIGITAL KNOWLEDGE AN INCREASING REQUIREMENT FOR US JOBS In their analysis of digitalization in the American workforce, a team from the Metropolitan …
Figures of the week: International trade in services
Thursday June 06, 2019
On May 28, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released a report detailing the growth in international trade in services in 2018. The report states that global services exports increased by 7.7 percent between 2017 and 2018, reaching a total of $5.8 …
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Tunisia’s tough lesson for Mohammed bin Salman
Saturday December 01, 2018
By Shadi Hamid, Sharan GrewalThe notion of a Tunisian “model” is a convenience for Western observers who still hope that all is not lost from the once heady optimism of the Arab Spring. It offers, however, little solace to Tunisians themselves, who sense—correctly—that their democracy …
A pumpkin flies, after being engineered by Mike Meacham and his JPL team in the 2017 contest
JPL engineers created a spinning pumpkin carousel in the 2016 Halloween contest.