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Why Do Rocks the Size of Cars Suddenly Break From Cliffs?

Why Do Rocks the Size of Cars Suddenly Break From Cliffs?

– Holy crap, holy crap. In Yosemite Valley, rockfalls like this one can happen every 4-5 days, where boulders that can be larger than your average car or apartment building thunder down steep mountainsides. Greg stock is a geomorphologist who works alongside USGS engineer Brian Collins. Using a combination of high-res photography, LiDAR, aerial surveillance, and 3D modeling, it’s their…

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Could Poop Power Our Cars?

(Could poop power our cars?) DAVID WERNICK: There’s a lot of protein waste that we produce right now as a society that are not really used. In 2008, it was estimated that there’s about 1 billion tons of manure. That is a lot of manure that is not fully utilized. A good portion of that is left to aerobically compost…

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The Messy Ethics of Self Driving Cars

The Messy Ethics of Self Driving Cars

Let’s say theres a trolly on some tracks. On those tracks are five men. The trolly is barreling down these tracks and you know with absolute certainty that it will hit those five men. Although, there is a side track with one man on it. In front of you is the switch. If you push it, the trolly will change…

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Understanding Car Crashes: When Physics Meets Biology

Understanding Car Crashes: When Physics Meets Biology

♪ MUSIC ♪ Griff Jones, Host: WHY IS IT THAT SOME SPECTACULAR RACE CAR CRASHES PRODUCE ONLY MINOR INJURIES? HOW CAN THREE COLLISIONS OCCUR IN THIS ONE CRASH BETWEEN A CAR AND A WALL? THE ANSWERS ARE DETERMINED BY THE LAWS OF NATURE AND CAN BEST BE EXPLAINED WHEN PHYSICS MEETS BIOLOGY. THROUGH INJURY BIOMECHANICS, THE STUDY OF THE EFFECTS…

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