I don’t know if you’ve been watching the new PBS series WIRED Science, but I recommend that you give it a try. There was another excellent episode Wednesday night, covering topics as diverse as organ regeneration, neutrino oscillations, and research in supersymmetry (interview of Jim Gates by Zia). You can see video of lots of the segments here.
To my delight there was another excellent new short segment, called “Hack”, again done by Chris Hardwick in the studio. Recall that I spoke about the “What’s Inside” pieces a few weeks ago. “Hack” shows you how to make something familiar, as opposed to just find out what’s inside something. In this one, Chris (who’s impressively very funny while he does the chemistry: “a funnel…’cos it’s got the word `fun’ in it”) shows you how chemoluminescence works by demonstrating how to reproduce what glow sticks do! Here’s the video:
While I’m on the subject, there’s some news over on my other blogging gig,
Correlations, the show’s blog. Chris Hardwick has joined us as one of the bloggers! Go over and tell him hello if you like… We’re all wondering what amusing stories from behind the scenes of the show he’ll be willing to tell us…
P.S. Ha Ha! I just noticed – He never actually used the funnel!
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