Fireworks, Part Two07/28/14
Where does the color come from in fireworks? How are those giant displays choreographed? We conclude our discussion on fireworks.
TechStuff Lights Some Fireworks
How do fireworks work? From the basics to fully choreographed displays, we take a look at the tech of making stuff go boom.
TechStuff Looks at e-paper
What is e-paper? TechStuff looks at the properties of e-paper and how it's used.
TechStuff Gets Meta(material)
What are metamaterials and what gives them their nifty properties? We look at materials science and how metamaterials might transform our world.
TechStuff Goes to a Better Place
What was Better Place and why did it fail? Guest host Ben Bowlin gives TechStuff his perspective.
TechStuff Prints In 3D (Again)
What's the state of 3D printers? And what's it like working with one? Guest host Joe McCormick joins us to explain.
TechStuff On Fire
We get our pyro on with a look at everything from lighters to flamethrowers. How do we make fire?
TechStuff Camps Out
From the good old days of roughing it to the high tech campsite of the future, we look at the tech of camping.
Folding the Proteins
From distributed computing to video games that push science forward, we look at the tech behind protein folding research.
E-Cigarettes and Vaping
What's the story behind e-cigarettes? How do they work? Are they less harmful than normal cigarettes?
Passing the Turing Test
Did a pair of programmers make a chatbot that passed the Turing Test? What exactly is the test and has anyone beaten it before?
Oculus Rift: The Story So Far (Update)
A lot has happened since we first talked about the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. We present the Rift's history and how prototypes work, then explore news from military interest to a lawsuit claiming the Oculus team stole the technology.
Solar Freaking Roadways
You may have seen the Indiegogo solar roadway project. What are the goals of solar roadways? Are they realistic?
How Carbon Fiber Works
What's the manufacturing process for carbon fiber? What properties does carbon fiber possess?
How Segways Work: The Luke Arm Update
Inventor Dean Kamen created a robotic prosthesis, nicknamed the Luke arm, to help patients regain self-sufficiency. The FDA recently approved it, so we wanted to revisit a classic episode about Kamen and one of his other inventions: the Segway.
The History of Carbon Fiber
Carbon fiber is an amazing material. Where did it come from? And were people really making it in the 19th century?
What is Twitch and why is Google so interested in it? We take a closer look at the video streaming service giving gamers huge audiences.
What was the technology behind the British warship, HMS Victory? How was it constructed? Where is it now?
How Clothes Dryers Work
Clothes dryers have evolved from precarious, fire-bellied devices to the increasingly green machines we know today. We cover the history of dryer tech, plus the newest innovations and NASA-funded research. And, of course, explain how they work.
How Planetariums Work
What goes into making a planetarium work and where did they come from?
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