Ep 315: Wires, springs, and mechanical marvels



Wires, springs, and mechanical marvels

Along with the beginnings of springs and wire, we take a look at some more automatons. Included is the 18th century chess playing mechanical Turk.
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Ep 314: Ancient robots



Ancient robots

Starting more than 2000 years ago, people have been creating machines that resemble animals and humans. Powered by water, compressed air, springs or falling weights, these automatons thrilled and amazed spectators.
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Ep 313: Why are we turning?



Why are we turning?

To build your bot, you’ll need some bits. Today we talk about wheels pulleys and gears—where and when they happen, and how and why to use them.
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Ep 312: That’s not a machine!



That’s not a machine!

We finish up “building brain bits for bots based on big beasties,” and move on to some things that have to do with actual robots. Searching for the beginnings of the technology, we do make a short visit to the stone age.
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Ep 311: Building brain bits for bots based on big beasties



Building brain bits for bots based on big beasties

We begin a series on robotics and automation with a look at your host’s on going project on how to build a brain for a bot. After years of research, it turns out that bigger is better.

special thanks to @EliaMagrinelli and @mattparlmer.
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Ep 309: The Columbia’s last flight



The Columbia’s last flight

17 years after the space shuttle Challenger broke up during launch, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during reentry. We take a look at what happened and why.
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Ep 308: The Challenger’s last flight



The Challenger’s last flight

In January of 1986, the space shuttle Challenger came apart 73 seconds after launch. We take a look at what happened and why.
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Ep 307: The space shuttle



The space shuttle

With 135 missions over a 30 year period, the STS was enormously successful. It will take another episode or two to cover, but we start with an overview of NASA’s space shuttle program.
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Ep 306: Skylab has fallen



Skylab has fallen

We spend time talking about America’s first space station, a strike in space that didn’t happen, the first joint US USSR mission, and how and why Skylab fell.
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