The Mythbusters are determining if an airplane can take off from a moving conveyor belt. Tory, Kari, and Grant are also testing to see how well cockroaches and other insects can survive nuclear radiation. Science topics explored include relative motion, lift, thrust, radiation, genetic mutation, rads, radiation exposure, animal experimentation, bioethics, and radiation dosage.
First, the Mythbusters test the tale that a rocket propelled car can become airborne, then they examine the story that mixing Pop Rocks and soda can cause the stomach to explode. Science topics discussed include thrust and horsepower conversions, drag, aerodynamics, velocity, lift, forces and acceleration, free body diagrams, carbonation, gas pressure, organ elasticity, chemical reactions, chemical equations, and carbon dioxide formation.
Adam and Jaimie first test to see if a lead balloon can really fly, then Kari, Tory, and Grant set out to find if it is possible to surf a wave made from exploding dynamite. Science topics include structural integrity, proof-of-concept, experimental design, gas density, volume vs. surface area ratio, static charge build-up, lift, volume calculations, wave frequency, wave amplitude, shockwave effects on biological systems, and wave expansion vs. energy dissipation.