An Engineering Approach That Makes Turkey Frying a Bit Less Dangerous

Outdoor frying is notoriously dangerous business, mostly due to the precarious combination of fire and propane tanks with moist food and large volumes of scalding hot oil. Here, food expert Alton Brown shows you how to build a free-standing "fry derrick" so as to avoid injury or, worse yet, making a fool of yourself… » 6/12/14 11:40am 6/12/14 11:40am

Is This Batman's Secret Trick For Disappearing In A Cloud Of Smoke?

We've shown you how to make smoke pellets, and they work very well, but they don't have the kind of instantaneous effect that we like to see if we're winged vigilantes of the night. If your enemies have you cornered, and you need to escape through a cloud of smoke, here something that might help you. » 5/26/14 11:30am 5/26/14 11:30am

Are Reality Shows the Milgram Tests of the Future?

In the famous Milgram Experiment, volunteers were ordered by a person in a lab coat to shock a person to death — and many did it, discovering only afterwards that they'd "shocked" an actor. The same test was repeated for a French documentary in 2010. It got much the same results. But how well will reality TV mimic… » 5/19/14 11:20am 5/19/14 11:20am

Physics Students Try To Create A "Street Fighter" Hadouken Fireball

Anybody who has played Street Fighter is familiar with the awesome power of the "Surge Fist" attack, otherwise known as the Hadouken Fireball. While some of us might be intimidated by the thought of tapping into this primal energy, a group of students are determined to recreate it—by setting a dodgeball on fire. » 4/22/14 5:30pm 4/22/14 5:30pm