Bill Nye on Humanity’s Biggest Engineering Challenge
When a fan asks what is the most revolutionary engineering challenge humanity will face in the coming decades, former engineer Bill Nye the Science Guy doesn’t hesitate to tell co-host Eugene Mirman that it’s climate change. But NASA astronaut Mike Massimino suggests a few other issues that engineers will need to solve as well.
Born to Engineer - Biomedical bubbles with Eleanor Stride
"If I were to say that the complexity of what we do is the same as the complexity of designing a car, I wouldn’t be exaggerating."
Since 2007 biomedical engineer Eleanor Stride has been designing a revolutionary new method of delivering drugs by injecting tiny microbubbles into the bloodstream.
Traditional drug delivery through pills or injection send the active agent through the bloodstream meaning that a high percentage of cells in the body are exposed to the drug. In contrast, the targetted delivery mechanism with bubbles aims to release the drugs only when they reach the part of the body where they are needed.
Some of the bubbles are magnetic and the research team is using groundbreaking techniques developed by the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory at the Royal Institution to control the movement and activation of the bubbles within the body.
This drug delivery method has the potential to avoid the widespread destruction of healthy cells that is presently unavoidable with chemotherapy, which would revolutionise the future treatment of cancer sufferers.
The film was produced by Duckrabbit for the ERA Foundation as part of a pilot scheme to demonstrate how engineering is changing lives and how the world works. Ultimately, the project aims to attract young people towards engineering education and careers.
What makes a superhero a superhero? Learn about how some real-life superheroes at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering are using their special powers to save people and make their lives better everyday.
Love this video! So, engineers are basically superheroes?
It’s a great message to deliver to the young girls featured in the video, or really any young person interested in science, and now that I think about it, really any person at all. The powers of a superhero are within your reach, and thanks to science.
In Short — Todd Grimm on VAT Photopolymerization Machines
In this episode, highlights from the vat photopolymerization class of 3D printers. These machines use light to solidify a liquid photopolymer. New announcements span $5,000 to nearly $1 million, and technologies include stereolithography, 3SP and DLP.
Shawn uses a wind tunnel app and help from a ski coach to analyze his ski aerodynamics. He then designs a low-drag helmet. Watch to see how big a difference it makes to the drag coefficient. Shawn mentions that it’s a free app, but apparently it may not be for long so you may want to try it soon.
Forget helicopters - Quadrotors are where it’s at! These four bladed machines are revolutionizing everything from package delivery to search and rescue. Anthony explains how they work and why the US Air Force has such a strong interest in them.
Technology for Product Development — Highlight Reel
This episode brings the highlights of a dozen heated debates between duelling analysts Jim Brown and Chad Jackson. And of course, you’ll also see all their suffering when the audience votes don’t go their way.
Who can honestly say that they don’t need a trebuchet for home defense? In this episode of Some Assembly Required, Shawn Wasserman designs and builds a trebuchet big enough to throw a pumpkin. Warning - graphic images of exploding fruit.
When Kristen Brosnan looks at materials on a very small scale, she thinks they’re beautiful. “It really is art!” Kristen says. Kristen believes that you cant really talk about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math without including the Arts. Kristen also expresses the importance of pursing your interests, and doing what you love.