Engineer Guy vs. The Microwave Oven

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The elements of the week are tungsten and thorium, which are alloyed to make the filament in the special type of vacuum tube—called a magnetron—that produces radiation in your microwave oven. Bill and the Engineer Guy team first explain the anatomy of a basic microwave oven, then... Read more »

Engineer Guy vs. The Atomic Bomb

Engineer Guy vs The Atomic Bomb

One of the great treats of my chemistry education at UT-Austin was having the original gaseous diffusion process for enriching uranium explained to me by a man who worked on the Manhattan Project to implement it, the late great Dr. Norman Hackerman. Bill treats it just as well, and goes... Read more »

Engineer Guy vs. The Atomic Clock

Symmetricom CSAC

Here is the fifth video in Engineer Guy Series #4. The element of the week is cesium, as in "cesium fountain atomic clock." Watching it, my jaw was on the floor by 0:20, as Bill opens by showing off the Symmetricom CSAC, which is the world's first fully functional chip-scale... Read more »

Cool Superhydrophobic Surface Demos

Superhydrophobic finger in water

A finger rubbed in superhydrophobic aerogels and submerged in water takes on a decidedly T-1000-esque appearance. And a droplet of water on a piece of paper treated with the same substance behaves more like a drop of mercury on a piece of glass. Definitely worth a click and a few... Read more »

Engineer Guy vs. Frickin’ Lasers

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In this, the fourth installment of Engineer Guy Series #4, Bill, Patrick, and Nick show off the engineering that accounts for three key characteristics of laser light: single wavelengths, narrow beams, and high intensities. Highlights include laser retinal surgery, the difference between phosphorescence and fluorescence, and a rather more sophisticated... Read more »

Radar Gun Connected to Stereo System

Radar gun connected to audio amp

In this off-the-cuff video, MIT prof and MAKE pal Gregory Charvat shoots Nerf darts into the beam of an old X-band Doppler radar gun with its output hacked into a linear power supply, a preamp, and finally into Greg's living room stereo system. The signal sounds like a cartoon sound... Read more »

Engineer Guy vs. Aluminum and Titanium Anodizing


As much as I love Engineer Guy videos, I am especially partial to Series #4, because it is themed around the chemical elements—each installment features a different element and a remarkable bit of engineering based upon it. And this week my two personal favorite elements are in the spotlight. Though... Read more »