Tag Archive: engineering


The Aussie boys at How Ridiculous are still having fun with their giant trampoline designed by former NASA scientist Mark Rober.

On this episode of StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals his love of the engineering marvels that are NYC water towers. Learn more about what makes it possible for water to be pumped into your home at a moment’s notice.

YouTuber engineerguy wrote a book called Fatal Flight, which brings vividly to life the year of operation of R.101, the last great British airship—a luxury liner three and a half times the length of a 747 jet, with a spacious lounge, a dining room that seated fifty, glass-walled promenade decks, and a smoking room. The British expected R.101 to spearhead a fleet of imperial airships that would dominate the skies as British naval ships, a century earlier, had ruled the seas. The dream ended when, on its demonstration flight to India, R.101 crashed in France, tragically killing nearly all aboard.

YouTuber engineerguy shares fascinating images and information gleaned from the 1909 to 1911 editions of the Journal The Engineer. It includes photos of the construction of the Titanic and its twin the Olympic, the launching of these Olympic-class ships, and accidents that occurred. The video includes engineering details of the ship’s engines, steering mechanism, and propellers.

YouTuber engineerguy details the engineering choices underlying the design of a beverage can. He explains why it is cylindrical, outlines the manufacturing steps needed to created the can, notes why the can narrows near its lid, shows close ups of the double-seam that hold the lid on, and details the complex operation of the tab that opens the can.

YouTuber engineerguy breaks down the science behind the famously mesmerizing tabletop toy. President Herbert Hoover (an engineer) and the great Albert Einstein were both flummoxed by it.

Destin of Smarter Every Day has created a side channel called The Sound Traveler. Be sure to listen to this in stereo, even better with headphones.

Ship Launching FAILS

OOPS.

Structural engineering is our FRIEND.

Holes in the ISS Cupola

Destin of Smarter Every Day visits the engineering genius who designed the outer window shades of the ISS’s cupola, which are mechanically opened from the inside, while still maintaining a pressure seal.

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