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Best of 2010: Our Top Stories

This year was a busy one for engineers all over the world. From inventing bendable computer screens to unlocking a secret room in a 4,500-year-old pyramid, scientists and engineers broke new ground in numerous ways.

We at eGFI have also been busy chronicling the most awe-inspiring innovations and stories, so without further ado, we present:

The Most Popular, Interesting, Weird, or Just Plain Cool eGFI Blog Posts of 2010

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And Now: Hop Aboard the Magic Jet-Powered School Bus

Ever wish your ride to school didn’t take so long? Try climbing aboard this jet-powered school bus, and you may have a few more minutes to sleep in this morning.

Made by master mechanic Paul Stender (of speeding port-a-potty fame), this school bus is made of aviation grade metals, fitted with a jet engine, and can reach speeds up to 347mph! Watch it in action after the jump:

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Flying Car Approved and Ready for Takeoff

While the Jetsons lived in the far-off year 2062, one aspect of their futuristic world will become a reality next year: flying cars

We previously reported on the Transition, the two-seater drivable aircraft that the Massachusetts company Terrafugia has been developing over the past four years.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved the vehicle, and the company expects it to be available by the end of 2011.

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Leaving on a Futuristic Jet Plane

A D-series supersonic jet from MIT (MIT/Aurora Flight Sciences)

In the next three decades, air traffic is predicted to double, which will require a lot of fuel and potentially increase harmful emissions.

To combat this, NASA challenged six different research groups to radically redesign the passenger aircraft in order to increase fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and allow planes to take off on shorter runways.

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Students’ Summer: Aerospace at U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Aerospace Institute summer camp – IAI is a one-week residential program, June 11-17, 2010, for students grades 9-12 interested in aerospace engineering and aviation, held on the campus of the University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. Students learn about a variety of topics relating to aerospace engineering through classroom sessions, laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Cost.$700. Application Deadline: April 15.

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