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Casual Friday — fascinating engineering facts about the Titanic

Sure, the sinking of the Titanic gets all the press — but the engineering that went into her and her sister ships in the Olympic-class was impressive for their time, and still is today. Bill (“Engineer Guy”) Hammack explains all… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — the Titanic and the physics of materials

Think that Titanic only sank because it hit an iceberg? Guess again, the physics of steel played a big part as well… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — so what’s inside a golf ball, and how did it get in there?

Golf balls are made of some interesting stuff — and had even more unusual contents in older versions. So how did some of this odd stuff get in there in the first place? Continue reading

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Casual Friday — how a smartphone knows up from down

Here’s a fun and interesting bit of video (4:25) for you. “Engineer guy” Bill Hammack shows you how your smartphone knows which way it’s pointed… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — How a quartz watch works

To a certain degree, wrist watches have fallen out of fashion (if you always carry a cell phone, who needs a watch?). Still, they’re impressive little packages of technology… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — how smoke detectors work

Let’s say at one of your holiday parties or dinners, somebody lost track of what’s going on in the oven and wound up setting off the smoke detector. Did you ever wonder how these loud little safety aides work? Bill (“Engineer Guy”) Hammack tells all… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — bubble pumps and coffee grounds

If you’re like most folks, you’ve got a pretty simple (and arguably cheap) coffee maker at home. In part, the affordability and simplicity of drip coffee makers comes thanks to some pretty clever engineering that resulted in a design with … Continue reading

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Casual Friday — how a laser works

Lasers — they’re all around us these days. But have you ever wondered how and why they work? Continue reading

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The scientific tourist #207 — the VK-1 jet engine

This week’s picture comes to you from the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Tutusville, Florida. It’s a Russian VK-1 jet engine…

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Casual Friday — build a 30-story building in 360 hours

Lest there’s any doubt that ingenuity is driving China to a real estate bubble, here’s the latest construction innovation to come from the Middle Kingdom: a prefab 30-story hotel built in 360 hours…

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