Often very public events are used as news stories without regard to the true human costs involved. Steve Irwin was killed while filming in 2006 by a Stingray. Have you ever stopped to think that there were real people involved in that horrific event? What were the emotional costs? Steve Irwin’s approach to science communication was certainly unique. Some people say he took too many risks and was a bit careless with how he handled himself around deadly animals. Have you ever thought about what a professional scientist would think about Steve’s Actions?
I thought Steve Irwin was awesome. I wanted to be like him.
While diving on the Great Barrier Reef we were using special masks that allow a presenter to use a microphone underwater. I’m a SCUBA diver certified for advanced open water activities, but I was unfamiliar with the equipment so I expressed that to my new dive partner, Dr. Seymour. He reluctantly said “We’ve lost one presenter to the water, don’t worry, I don’t plan on losing another one”. There was something not quite right about how he said it so I pried a bit deeper. That’s how I found out Jamie was on Croc-1 which is where Steve was taken after being hit by the Stingray. He participated in CPR on Steve after only meeting him a few days before. His perspective on the event that shook the world is certainly unique on several levels. After we became friends we agreed that an interview could be done in an intelligent respectful manner, so we did just that. This is the first time he’s spoken publicly about the event. Have a look into the mind of a man who works with deadly animals every day, and see what his thoughts on Steve Irwin were before both before meeting him, and after meeting him. Then try to understand how he has dealt with the event emotionally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twyoQ8LWatU
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The stick rigidity data collected by Dr. Evans and I is not a formal reflection on the manufacturers because the sticks were previously used and we could not find an ASTM standard to setup our test. The possibility exists that I put the support positions too close together, which would make the values lower. The players however gave us the sticks because they were “so used they were now flimsy”. Our data reflected this. If I had it to do over again I would test a new stick vs an old stick. Kettering University has done some research on this subject and we tried to setup our test apparatus similar to theirs. They applied the force to the foot of the stick. We applied the force to the center. http://www.kettering.edu/news/taking-stick-check
I thought this was a great video of a product that has normalized the process by constraining the 1 inch deflection measurement.
I had no idea that the physics of curling was so complicated, controversial, and downright fascinating. Of course, Destin would be the one to show us that, right?
Check it out Smarter Every Day on YouTube (if for some reason there are a few of you out there that haven’t yet, which would be hard for me to believe)
Check out the Latest Smarter Every Day video! Here’s a blurb on it from Joe Hanson from the itsokaytobesmart blog. Also, this video is the announcement of the Smarter Every Day Patreon and Subbable campaigns!
ICE SKATING BLADES ARE NOT SHARPENED like a knife. That’s one of several things I learned while making this video. Ever wonder how Olympic skaters (Hockey, speed, figure) do it? Here’s the technique and equipment used in ice skating. I hope you enjoy it!
How to compress video using MPEG Streamclip (Great Freeware)
Mpeg Streamclip is Fantastic Freeware. http://www.squared5.com/
I’ve used it at least once on almost every video I’ve ever made.
I hope this is helpful to you. - Destin