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How to Build a 4K Editing Computer

Destin of SmarterEveryDay cut his rendering time from 11 hours down to about 2-1/2 hours by getting a custom-built computer from Puget Systems.

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Bill the engineerguy demonstrates the temperature-dependent shape memory of nitinol metal. He explains how “twinning” in the crystal structure of nitinol produces the memory effect. He shows a nitinol-based engine that is powered by temperature differences. He closes the video with a description of superelasticity, a phenomenon related to the memory effect, which he demonstrates with a cardiac stent.

We regularly crash passenger cars to test their overall safety and design vulnerabilities with the help of high-speed cameras, high technology, and sophisticated crash-test dummies. But we’d NEVER before done that with a full-size passenger aircraft. Until an international team of elite test pilots set out to do just that.

The trick was crashing the plane lightly enough that it didn’t erupt into a fireball (which would have destroyed all their data), but heavily enough to make it break violently apart. The other trick was getting the pilots out of the plane before it crashed. Bonus tidbit: For a few moments, the plane officially became the world’s largest remote-controlled aircraft.

This fascinating documentary details four years of extensive planning and outfitting of the aircraft with hundreds of sensors and state-of-the-art crash dummies, and explains the rationale for the experiment. FYI- The remains of the plane can be seen on Google maps at 32.501293,-115.396698.

My favorite magicians, Penn & Teller, have a new TV show where magicians do their best to fool the masters of illusion. Penn talks in “code” to the magicians afterwards, letting them know whether or not the duo has figured out how the magician did his trick without giving away the secret.

Disappearing into a Green Screen

YouTuber JennaMarbles plays around with their green screen.

Destin of SmarterEveryDay gets his space geek on with a personal tour of the Delta IV Heavy’s launch pad facility.

Destin of SmarterEveryDay went to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to talk with the people who designed the Parker Solar Probe:

Adventures in Replying to Spam

James Veitch has spent years doing the tireless, thankless work of replying to spam emailers so you don’t have to. He returns to TED to tell the tale of yet another spam email adventure, this time with a vital lesson attached: How to annoy your way off any spammer’s mailing list.

Good Mythical Morning ask the important questions, like, does Mountain Dew taste better or worse after it’s run through a water filter?
Why? Because science!

Destin of SmarterEveryDay visits the makers of Infinadeck to try it out and talk shop.

 

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