[Video Link] Our MythBusting pals, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, have a new series on the Discovery Channel called Unchained Reaction. It airs Sundays at 10PM (the new season of MythBusters is on Sundays, too). Here's an exclusive peek at the upcoming episode, which features a team of engineers from NASA vs. a team of Special Effects & Prop Animators. The theme is "Fire & Ice".
Each week's episode pits two teams from different backgrounds (rocket scientists, special effects masters, construction workers, engineers, among others) to build a wild and elaborate chain reaction contraption. The teams receive identical materials and five days to complete their journey before series judges Jamie and Adam, and a guest judge each week decide the winner. The guest judges range from Academy Award winning special effects make up artist Rick Baker to engineering professor Adrian Hightower from Harvey Mudd College. The program also features Charles Haine who serves as a mentor to the contestants.
It's a fun show that will not disappoint anyone interested in math, science, engineering, special effects, fire, technology, construction, design, explosions, and bigger than big chain reaction machines.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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