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Video Collection: The Science Muse

Video Collection: The Science Muse!

Some magicians research technological breakthroughs to inspire new magic trick plots and methods. Below you will find a collection of videos a GADFLY might use to develop the next amazing illusion:

 

THE INFINITE CORRIDOR

In 2005, viewers of PBS’s home-renovation program, “This Old House,” saw host Kevin O’Connor wandering down the Infinite Corridor, pausing in front of a door at the junction of Building 4 and Building 8, and saying something like “Materials Science and Engineering – I wonder what goes on in here.”

 

VITAL SIGNS CAMERA

“You can check a person’s vital signs – pulse, respiration and blood pressure – manually or by attaching sensors to the body,” reports David L. Chandler. “But a student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program is working on a system that could measure these health indicators just by putting a person in front of a low-cost camera such as a laptop computer’s built-in webcam.”

 

OSCILLATING GELS

David L. Chandler from the MIT News Office says, “Self-oscillating gels are materials that continuously change back and forth between different states — such as color or size — without provocation from external stimuli. These changes are caused by the Belousov-Zhabotinsky chemical reaction, which was discovered during the 1950s. Without stirring or other outside influence, wave patterns from this chemical reaction can develop within the material or cause the entire gel itself to pulsate.”

 

HOLOGRAPHIC TV

Larry Hardesty, reporting from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas says there were “a slew of prototype 3-D TVs, but if new research from the MIT Media Lab is any indication, holographic TVs could be close behind.”

“A standard 3-D movie camera captures light bouncing off of an object at two different angles, one for each eye. But in the real world, light bounces off of objects at an infinite number of angles. Holographic video systems use devices that produce so-called diffraction fringes, fine patterns of light and dark that can bend the light passing through them in predictable ways. A dense enough array of fringe patterns, each bending light in a different direction, can simulate the effect of light bouncing off of a three-dimensional object.”

 

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About Aaron K. Smith

Sci-Fi author, Aaron K Smith, is quite possibly the most curious person on the planet. He finds no comfort in the casual answers, but rather seeks a deep understanding of everything around him. Follow Aaron @mrgadflybuzz

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