Engineering the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

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How does Macy’s make its iconic Thanksgiving balloons? Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade History For just shy of a century, Macy’s has put on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with its iconic, giant balloons. However, before any before the dozen or…

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Engineering 10 of Your Favorite Candies

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What makes bubblegum pop? What makes sour gummy worms sour? Find out in these videos, which give a fascinating view into the science and engineering of candy making. 1. Lollipops How many licks to get to the center? These folks…

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Engineering Pop Rocks

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How One Chemist Created a Classic Candy: If you’re a child of the 70s, or any decade after for that matter, you’ve probably had Pop Rocks. There’s something unique and exciting about a candy you can hear fizzle in your…

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How Will Virtual and Augmented Reality Change Manufacturing?

Factory: Female Industrial Engineer Wearing Virtual Reality Head

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced a new app that he hopes will change the workplace and the internet. Horizon Workrooms, Facebook’s new virtual meeting app, allows colleagues to meet remotely with virtual reality (VR) headsets and avatars. Unlike traditional…

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Which Iron Man Suit Is the Best?

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“Honestly, it’s impossible.” “Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave with a box of scraps!” “Well, I’m sorry. I’m not Tony Stark.” — “Iron Man” (2008) What seems impossible is never impossible for Tony Stark. He went…

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Engineering Captain America’s Shield

Captain America's Shield

“That thing does not obey the laws of physics at all!” Maybe to you, Spider-Man, but who says we can’t follow the laws of physics and still become superheroes? YouTuber Jake Laser turned himself into a real Avenger without gamma…

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Engineering Wile E. Coyote Jet-Powered Skate Pack

Jet-Powered Skate Pack

Normal people don’t strap a jet engine on their back while wearing a pair of rollerskates, but Ian Charnas isn’t normal. He wanted to see how fast a human could go on roller skates with jetpack power—the first skate pack.…

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