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Accomplished by seamlessly blending images captured with different photo and microscopy techniques – and some deal of illustration – delve deep into the matter, from the hair above to concrete, steel and more in the Weird, Weird Science Channel. Via forgetomori
posted by Tube (7 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
I love this type of thing - I still watch the brilliant Philip Morrison-narrrated Powers of Ten routinely - but I have a few complaints.

- Carbon's primary utility in steel is to increase strength by straining the lattice, not to increase corrosion resistance.
- Tempering is more than a rapid cooling (which is called quenching and actually produces a low-strength, brittle material), it also includes a reheating step that softens the steel and restores strength.
- Describing the atomic structure of an amorphous material (cement) as "chaos" is a poor word choice for a scientific video.
- Is polyethylene really pronounced "polythene" in the UK?
- Why the background wind noise? Is the SEM room that cavernous?

But these are minor issues; otherwise the videos are great.
posted by Mapes at 12:59 PM on September 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Carbon's primary utility in steel is to increase strength by straining the lattice, not to increase corrosion resistance.

Yeah, when I heard that it was a bit cringe-inducing...

When you start looking at the percentages of metals like chromium and nickle in certain stainless steels, it's amazing how much they can pack in.
posted by Tube at 1:38 PM on September 27, 2008


Glad to see these are still floating around.
posted by gwint at 1:39 PM on September 27, 2008


The Weird, Weird Science Channel link goes to a page with a few of these videos, plus one of "lesbians wrestling!". When I try to see this I'm asked to register, so can anyone confirm that this video does indeed feature lesbians wrestling under a microscope, and that it's not some common-or-garden porn thing of which I have seen dozens?

Cos I really like the microscope vids.
posted by cincinnatus c at 1:55 PM on September 27, 2008


so wait, there's stuff inside of other stuff?
nature is so creepy.
posted by sexyrobot at 5:54 PM on September 27, 2008


so wait, there's stuff inside of other stuff?

Are we still talking about concrete, or is this about the lesbian wrestling video?
posted by sebastienbailard at 7:27 PM on September 27, 2008


I still watch the brilliant Philip Morrison-narrrated Powers of Ten routinely

I agree that Powers of Ten is a great little film. But Powers of One... boring as hell; nothing changes. Avoid it.
posted by twoleftfeet at 8:21 PM on September 27, 2008


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