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How It's Made: Toys - Part 2 - Episode 67
After the huge success of How It's Made: Toys part one (talking about LEGO, Crayola Crayons, Etch-A-Sketch and Play-Doh) we're back with even more great toys! We answer what's inside Stretch Armstrong, walk through the epic story of the Super Soaker, talk about the wonderful toy that is the Slinky and teach you to make Silly Putty at home.
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Supercars - Episode 66
Every engineer likes to dream about cars they'll never be able to afford (come on, you're engineers after all...), but there are some that stand out above the rest. We explain just what makes a supercar so super, tell you about the most expensive and fastest cars around, and have even put together a quick list of affordable "supercars" that you might actually be able to get your hands on. Missing one? Let us hear about it!
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How It's Made: Toys - Part 1 - Episode 65
As engineers, or just as humans, we all love toys, right?? But have you taken the time to see how they are made? We take a look at the history and the manufacturing process behind some of the most popular toys of all time, including: Lego Play-Doh Etch-a-sketch Crayola crayons Do you have more toys that you would like us to investigate? Emails us at UnprofessionalEngineering@gmail.com and we'll get them added to the next "How It's Made" episode!
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Engineering the Perfect Turkey - Episode 64
Do you want to make this Thanksgiving the best ever?! You won't be able to if you don't get that turkey just right. We're here to teach you about the different ways that you can cook a turkey (from smoking to grilling, deep frying to roasting) as well as break down the math behind engineering the most delicious, juicy bird possible.
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Great Inventors: James Dyson - Episode 63
When you think about James Dyson, you probably think he is just a guy that invented an expensive vacuum cleaner, and you would almost be right. That being said, that invention got him a net worth of roughly $4.4 billion! BILLION! To his inventor cred, he also created that disgusting air blade to dry your hands and a handful of other inventions. Really cool though, Dyson is the biggest supporter of robotics in the UK! He is way more interesting than one would think, so take a half hour and hear why.
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Top 10 Movies with Great Engineering - Episode 62
There are so many great movies out there that use engineering in amazing and creative ways! In fact, some people become engineers based on movies they watched (like Luke with E.T.). We've put our brains together to comprise the top 10 movies loosely based on engineering. Some have ingenious contraptions, some have slightly less realistic engineering, but all of them are a great watch!
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History of Alexander Graham Bell - Episode 61
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. Yeah, we all know that, but did you know that he gave nearly all of his company to his wife when he married her? Or that he didn't consider the telephone to be his greatest invention of his life? Or that he built the worlds fastest speed boat?! That's right! There is more to this great inventor than meets the eye. I mean, his beard is pretty amazing, and that's probably how he got his wife to fall in love with him, but his brain is pretty sexy too.
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Building the Perfect CAD or Gamer PC - Episode 60
Are you looking to build the perfect workstation for your engineering, CAD or gaming needs? You're in luck! We hooked up with an expert from TFI CAD Tips, Neil Cross, to help you understand where you should spend that extra cash to take over WoW, what the different parts of your PC do for improved CAD design and tells you if you should just buy something off the shelf. Looking for some help with Autodesk Inventor? TFI has just the tip for you! Check them out here: YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/tficadtips Twitter - https://twitter.com/TFICADTips Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TFICADTips/
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AI and Robots: End of the Human Race or Maybe Not- Episode 59
Like it or not, AI (artificial intelligence) and robots are here and becoming more pervasive in everyday life. We will talk about the good the bad and everything in between.
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Medical Imaging Technology - Episode 58
Unless you've been pretty lucky all your life, you've probably had to rely on medical imaging at some point. That could be something simple like an x-ray for a broken arm, or something more complicated like a MRI or CAT scan. Have you ever thought about how those machines work? Photons, atoms, tungsten, H2O and giant magnets for a start! Join us to find out more!
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Great Inventors: Elon Musk - Episode 57
Perhaps the most innovative and well known man of these times, Elon Musk pretty much turns everything he touches into technological gold! From Zip2, which has nothing to do with his physics degree, to X.com that somehow turned into PayPal, all the way to SpaceX and Tesla, this guy is good! He is literally improving space travel and looking to get us to Mars by 2024, all while he revolutionizes the automotive industry with electric cars. Let's not forget his other hobbies like stuffing microchips into the human brain to help us integrate with software, or starting a tunnel boring company just to avoid traffic to the airport. Wait, there's more! The Hyperlop is on the way! Travel across California in no time, zooming around at 700 mph! Yeah...this guy is good.
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Shipping Containers - Episode 56
The shipping container could be the single largest contributor to the modern day global economy. Don't believe us? Just imagine where we would be if everything was still packed under a ship haul and wasn't standardized in size for delivery! Plus, once the containers get worn out, they can be used to make amazing, green, modular homes! These might be the unsung hero of the modern world...
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How Do Watches Work? - Episode 55
How can something so small be so complicated?! From the pocket watch to the Apple watch, we cover them all. Learn how intricate mechanical watches operate, how quartz watches are different, and which historical events drove the popularity of the wrist watch.
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Renewable Energy - Episode 54
The world's dependency on fossil fuels might not be as serious as you think! The combination of solar, hydro, wind, geothermal and many other clean energy sources could eventually take over. Learn more about these (and many other) clean technology options.
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History Of Airplanes - Episode 53
We might take the airplane for granted today, but just think back to the earliest flights and all the engineering, testing and hoping for the best that went into it! In this episode we walk through everything thing from the Wright brothers to crossing the Atlantic, all the way to where flight will go in the future!
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Internet of Things (IoT) - Episode 52
We've all heard of the internet of things by now, but do you understand what it is? Products like Fitbit and Nest are great examples! Learn how IoT is changing the way engineers design, and how it is improving the user experience for products across the board.
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Everything Engines - Episode 51
Have you ever looked under the hood of your car and been afraid to do anything but add windshield washer fluid? Give us just 30 minutes and you'll be able to completely rebuild your entire engine! OK, that might be a stretch, but you will understand the basics of how engines work, the different types, how the various parts interact and confirm your thoughts that you should leave it to the experts.
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Engineering the Great Pyramid, Great Wall and Colosseum - Episode 50
How could something as big as the Great Wall or as intricate as the Colosseum be built so long ago? Amazing engineering went into these creations, even if it wasn't know. Or maybe aliens helped out... who knows?! We do, so take a listen to our hour long 50th episode celebration!
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History Of CAD - Episode 49
Nothing says engineering like working with CAD! Whether it is AutoCAD, SolidWorks or anything else, every engineer has used these tools at some point. But where did it all start? And where is it headed?
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Top Engineering Schools and Degrees - Episode 48
Thinking about going into engineering or just curious about the job prospects available? We have summed it up, and will even let you know how much you can expect to make!
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Electric Cars - Episode 47
Electric cars are a staple for those who live in California, or love hugging trees, but are they right for you? We walk through the not so short history of electric cars, pros and cons of gas vs electric, how they work and the top rides of 2017.
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Medieval Combat Weapons - Episode 46
In honor of Game of Thrones season 7 launching, we've decided to break down medieval weapons in part 3 of the series. Siege weapons such as battering rams and catapults, how swords are smithed, and what is the difference between a mace and a flail? Time to prepare for battle!
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Medieval Castle Construction - Episode 45
For the second part of our Game of Thrones series, we're taking a look at how medieval castles were designed and constructed, the best ways to attack them and what purpose the various designs served. Unfortunately, dragons are not included...yet.
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Medieval Torture Devices - Episode 44
In honor of Game of Thrones season 7 launching soon, we thought we'd break down medieval technology. The first of our 3 part series is on torture devices used, how they worked and why people back in the were pretty much the worst. Enjoy, or you'll get the rack!
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The Top 10 Toys that Made You an Engineer - Episode 43
Do you remember playing with Legos as a kid? Tinker Toys? Silly putty? We argue out the top 10 toys that made us the engineers we are today. You might be surprised by a few that made this list!
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Crazy Sci-Fi technology turned real - Episode 42
Think of all the crazy technology in Star Wars and Star Trek that could never exist. Like a tractor beam. Oh wait, we have it. Or the flying car from the Jetsons. No, we have that too... We discuss a ton of crazy Sci-Fi technology that is now a reality. Wonder what's next?
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CNC Machining for the Engineer - Episode 41
Do you ever think of turning your ideas into a reality? With CNC machining and CAM software, you can turn a block of metal into anything you want. Special guest Joel Johnson, founder of BoXZY, helps us understand how to do it.
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Drones: Fun Toys or War Machines of DEATH?!? - Episode 40
You can't go online without stumbling across an article about drones these days. Drone racing, police drones, military drones, or just drones for creeping on your neighbors, they're everywhere! We have all the info you need to be a well educated drone lover, or hater...
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Deep Sea Exploration - Episode 39
Do you ever think about what is lurking at the bottom of the ocean? We take a look at how people are exploring the depths and what they are finding!
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Crazy World War 2 Weapons - Episode 38
Necessity might be the mother of invention, but war is the father of crazy ideas. Specifically, crazy German ideas. From boiling seas using the sun to vibrating people to pieces, they came up with some of the most...er...unique ideas of World War 2!
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Top 10 Inventions of All Time - Episode 37
What do you think the greatest inventions of all time are? Don't think too hard because we just debated the top 10 and have compiled the perfect list for you. Check out where we landed.
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Aircraft Carriers - How To Engineer A Floating City - Episode 36
Nothing takes more engineering than an aircraft carrier! Learn how these floating cities are constructed, powered, manned, and most importantly, what they do with all that poop. Enjoy!
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Pinewood Derby - Engineering Your Way to Victory - Episode 35
Do you want to finally beat that dad that always wins the pinewood derby? I mean, help your child to win... We have the tips for you! By using some simple engineering we can turn your pinewood derby car into the fastest thing since the Flash!
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Trends in 3D Printing: Current and Future - Episode 34
Are you interested in 3D printing and how it is going to be changing the world in the future? As it is already changing the medical, automotive, space and endless other industries, where does it have to go? We'll help you understand this and how it could be used to revolutionize your job and home life!
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Panama Canal - A story of revolution, construction and death...lots of death - Episode 33
25,000 dead, 750 ton metal doors, 60,000,000 pounds of dynamite. This modern marvel has it all!! Join us for a quick run down of all things Panama Canal, from its history to how it actually works.
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You Drink HOW Much Coffee!! - Episode 32
I know you drink far too much coffee every day, but do you know how much engineering, effort and testing goes into each cup? We'll walk you through seed to cup and break down all of the different machine options to make you the best cup of joe.
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Gas vs Electric - Lawn equipment battle royale - Episode 31
In the battle between gas and electric, who will come out on top to be the king of lawn care?! OK, so maybe it isn't as hardcore as the Royal Rumble, but this is some serious stuff when it comes to chainsaws, lawn mowers, weed whackers and more. Learn all about which option is right for you as well as how they work in this episode.
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Truck Lifts - Jacked up trucks aren't just for rednecks! - Episode 30
Going off roading or just have a Napoleon complex? Lifting your truck might be for you. Learn about the difference between body and suspension lifts, pros and cons of each, and hear more engineering speak than you could possibly want.
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Beer - The science behind making the nectar of the gods - Episode 29
Beer might seem like the best thing in the world, and it is! But a lot of science and experimentation goes into each one. We'll break down how you can make your own craft beer, as well as explain temperatures and chemical interactions going on during the process.
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Artificial Intelligence - AI...no...not the crappy movie - Episode 28
Remember watching Terminator and thinking that could never happen? Or maybe that it would be scary if it did? Yeah, it isn't that far off. Machines are learning from their experiences, and it is going to be changing the world for better or worse!
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Space Stations - History, construction & hoping they don't crash - Episode 27
Star Wars and Star Trek aren't that far off! We already have people living in space for extended periods of time, and even are looking into creating space cities. We're breaking down the history of the space stations, how huge parts make it into space, and what has been learned over all these years.
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The Maker Movement - How do makers actually make? - Episode 26
Have you heard the term "maker" and wondered what that means? Mostly it means dirty hipster, but there might actually be some good involved. In this episode we take a look at the maker movement, discuss tools used by these folks, free software, and have a special guest (Joel Johnson of KinetiGear Robotics) to help us figure it all out.
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Hyperloop - Elon's idea for the future of travel - Episode 25
If you're up on the latest technology, or pretty much just watch the news, you've been hearing a lot about the Hyperloop planned to go between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is another dream of Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla. If anyone can make it a reality, it is him! We break down what a hyperloop is, the new technology involved with it, and discuss where it currently stands.
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Radio - Have radio waves get to your car - Episode 24
Have you ever stopped to think how radio signals get transmitted from the station to your car, and all the cars around you? Or ask yourself what the difference between AM/FM and digital radio is? You're in luck because we're here to explain it all to you!
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Roller Coasters - Giant death traps. For real... - Episode 23
When is the last time you were on a roller coaster? The thrill of a huge drop, the rush of traveling 150 miles per hour, throwing up after. Well, you're lucky you didn't die on it! Not really. They are pretty well constructed, and we're here to explain how they are being made bigger, faster and thillerer... Yes, Thrillerer.
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Living Off the Grid - Could you survive? - Episode 22
Living off the grid seems like a great idea! No one to bother you, no job to bother you, no responsibility... you know, except for your survival. We break down what it takes to set up your off the grid homestead for your dooms day prepping needs!
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Winter Tires - Are your tires safe for winter? - Episode 21
Do you live somewhere that doesn't get snow? Don't bother listening. Otherwise, this episode will save your life!! Well, maybe not save your life, but it is full of great information on how snow tires and studded tires can make the difference between getting in an accident and having a nice Sunday drive. Also, do me a favor and subscribe and review our podcast! Webpage: www.unprofessionalengineering.com
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Stem Cells - How are they changing the world? - Episode 20
It turns out that stem cells are basically the most amazing thing in the world. Starting with 1, your entire body is built, and then they continue to keep repairing your body as you age. What if they could be used to cure all disease and extend your life while improving quality of life? That is what scientists are looking to do.
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Skyscrapers - Earthquake proofing the worlds tallest buildings - Episode 19
More engineering goes into keeping the tallest buildings in the world standing than the actual construction itself! That might not be entirely accurate, but it is probably pretty close. We'll explain how skyscrapers have gotten so tall and the measures taken to make sure they stay standing. Check out our webpage: www.unprofessionalengineering.com Follow us on Twitter: @UnproEng Email us: UnprofessionalEngineering@gmail.com
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Prosthetics - Wow, this technology is life changing. Literally. - Episode 18
Did you know people have been using prosthetic for over 4,000 years? Did you know scientists can now reroute brain signals to control prosthetic limbs using other muscle sets? This is truly an amazing history and modern technology that you should check out! If you have any questions or want to say hi, reach out at unprofessionalengineering@gmail.com or on Twitter @UnproEng.
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Solar Power - Saving the world or just costing me money? - Episode 17
I'm sure you've all seen solar panels somewhere, but do you know how they produce electricity, or how many you would need to power your house? Probably not, because you've never bothered to Google it. It's ok, we're here to explain just that so that you can keep doing whatever it is you do while listening to us.
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Breathalyzers - Myth busting on beating them and how they work - Episode 16
What do you do when you've had a few drinks and need to get home? Hopefully you call an Uber, but if not, you might be in line for a breathalyzer test! So, is there a way to beat it? I'll discuss how they work as well as a number of ways people have tried to stay out of jail!
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Ship Building, Viking Style - Old boats, like, Vikings and Columbus. Yeah, old. - Episode 15
Sure, ship building of today is impressive, but try building a sea worthy vessel with just an ax! Yeah, that's what the Vikings were able to do. AMAZING! Not to mention how different advancement in technology came about and was transferred between regions. If you're into history, construction, vikings, old ships, boats and hoes, this is a great listen! Email: unprofessionalengineering@gmail.com Twitter: @UnproEng
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Fission vs Fusion - Explain that physics, the uses, and problems with each - Episode 14
Some of the craziest science out there revolves around fission and fusion, and it turns out scientists don't really know all that much about either. We'll try to explain the differences between each, how they occur, what good (and bad) they are for humanity, and still have a little fun at the same time. Enjoy! Follow us on Twitter: @UnproEng Email us: unprofessionalengineering@gmail.com
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Haunted Houses - How do they create all those special effects? - Episode 13
Everyone loves Halloween. Free candy, not getting judged for dressing up, and best of all, haunted houses! In this episode, we take a look at the engineering behind haunted house special effects so that you know exactly what is happening next time you're crying in the corner of a scare house!
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Punkin Chunkin -Air cannons, catapults and trebuchets: Redneck fun! - Episode 12
Have you ever wanted to shoot a pumpkin a mile through the air? Of course you have, and punkin' chunkin' gives you that chance. Embrace your inner redneck and learn all about this up and coming...sport? Questions: unprofessionalengineering@gmail.com Twitter: @UnproEng
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Cars Of The Future - Self driving, electric, flying and more! - Episode 11
I know, you won't be able to afford any of the cars of the future, but why not dream a little? We'll break down what's headed our way in the next 10 years such as self driving, electric, and flying cars. Yup, flying, like the Jetsons. Click subscribe...do it. DO IT! unprofessionalengineering@gmail.com @UnproEng
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Hoover Dam - Yeah, you won't believe what all went into it - Episode 10
The Hoover dam is amazing! It's big, it holds back all sorts of water, and maybe there are people buried inside of it! What else could you ask for?!! Take a listen and be impressed, because it's going to happen. If you have any questions, reach out at unprofessionalengineering@gmail.com or on Twitter @UnproEng
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3D Printers - Which one is right for you and what's the difference - Episode 9
3D printing is one of the hottest technologies around, but what do you know about it? We’re looking to break down the different types of materials and printing methods to help you know what you might want to use. Oh, and we let you know about some of the top rated printers out there that you might want to give a try. Give us a listen and let me know if you have any questions! unprofessionalengineering@gmail.com Twitter: @UnproEng
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Fishing: Rods, reels, lures... and fish stories of course - Episode 8
Want to be in the Bassmaster classic? This probably isn't going to get you there, but if you're interested in fishing or just want to listen to how little we know, this is your chance. Learn about different rods, reels, lures, lines and hear our amazing fishing tales.
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Roads: Potholes, pavement and how they started - Episode 1
At long last, here is the never released episode 1! In this episode we take a look at the history of roads from cavemen stomping around on a path to the Roman war paths, all the way to modern road construction and why they seem to have more potholes than pavement.
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Bridges: There's more to those things than you know, I swear. - Episode 7
Bridges are all over the place, from a log across a river to the Golden Gate bridge, which isn't even golden, but whatever... Their construction, upkeep, survival and history is rather amazing though, and they have come a long way. Give us 30 minutes and you will know more than you thought possible as well as annoy your friends on the next road trip. Win win.
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Fireworks: Make them at home, kids! Or, how do they work? - Episode 6
We've all sat around on the 4th of July, or some other celebration, and watched the amazing fireworks displays. But do you know how they make the different shapes, colors and sounds? We do. Because we're smarter than you. Or because we have Google. Give this a listen and be able to impress your friends with some useless knowledge next time you see fireworks.
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The Light Bulb: Do you know the true story? - Episode 5
I bet you think you know the story of the light bulb, right? Well, I bet you're wrong. It's an amazing history of trial and error, thievery, and some really amazing engineering!
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Carni Games: How the games are rigged! - Episode 4
You can admit it. You've played carnival games before, and you've lost. We all have! In fact, it is almost impossible for you to win at most of these games. In this episode we take a look at some of the most common and popular carni games and explain just how they are screwing you out of your money! But hey, they're still kinda fun...
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What Is Unprofessional Engineering?
Think of Unprofessional Engineering as education mixed with entertainment. It's like Stuff You Should Know, but with a little more science and a lot less talent. Maybe not a lot less...that's just mean. If you're into learning about how stuff works without Googling it, this podcast is for you!
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Helmets: Helpful? Useless? Getting better? - Episode 3
As concussions become a larger issue in sports today, we take a look at how helmets have changed over the years, how much they help, and future trends in helmet design. New materials, designs and cooperative design are looked at to better understand safety in the games.
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Smokers: How do they work and how to cook your meat - Episode 2
It seems like smoking meat is becoming more and more popular, but do you know how they work? What temperature do you cook at? What would do you use for what meat? Who knew that things were this complicated. No worries! We're here to have a little fun and walk you through all of the types of smokes, fuels you can use and anything else you'd ever want to know.
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