So it may be meant for the younger demographic, but I’m a big fan of The Henry Ford Innovation Nation of CBS on Saturday mornings, setting my DVR for it every week. It is hosted by Mo Rocca (formerly of the Daily Show) and is a weekly science show hosted out of The Henry Ford Museum. It also features correspondents and one of my favorites is Alie Ward. In a recent episode there was a great piece by Alie describing making wood products with sawdust 3D printing. 3D printing comes up quite frequently and the show also has lots of fringe new tech mixed with some cool facts and humor. A great show for kids and those that are a kid at heart.
I’m a huge roller coaster fan and even have a sister blog dedicated to Busch Gardens. One of the more recent advances in roller coaster technology has been the use of magnetic launches as opposed to the old school lift hill (think click, click, click up the hill). To be fair launch does go back 50+ years with examples like the Tidal Wave coaster I used to ride at Six Flags Great America as a kid. This defunct ride actually used a falling weight and pulley system to launch the train with a deafening “clank” as the weight hit bottom! One of my personal current favorite launch coasters in Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa where the launches are used to mimic the acceleration and movements of a cheetah.Continue reading