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How Technicolor Changed the Movies

What was “glorious Technicolor?” It was a groundbreaking technology — but it was more than just that.

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Destin of SmarterEveryDay made this video for his precision-engineer father.

Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb

We’ve heard of people getting revenge on package thieves by filling old Amazon boxes with dog poo and leaving them out. But this NASA engineer takes it to a whole nother level: he spent six months refining the ultimate package-thief trap, filled with a volcano of exploding glitter and recurring blasts of fart spray, and tricked out with motion sensors, GPS tracking, data transfer to the cloud, and 360-degree camera angles to capture the hilarity. Best part? Two of them open it IN THEIR CARS. Aw, the schadenfreude.

I know, impossible, right?

Destin of SmarterEveryDay used Schlieren imagery to get amazing slo-mo footage of shockwaves.

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.

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.

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