Jamie and Adam look into the myth that Nikola Tesla invented an earthquake machine that almost destroyed his research building. Tory, Grant, and Kari look into the myth of the exploding lava lamp and if other containers can explode with deadly consequences. Science concepts discussed include resonance, resonance frequency, feedback, feedback loops, oscillations, wave frequency, energy, wave superposition, kinetic energy, thermal energy, pressure and temperature relationships, the rapid cooling of heated surfaces, and structural integrity.
Adam and Jamie take on a challenge from President Obama: is it possible to set a ship on fire using the power of the sun? Kari, Tory, and Grant see if it is possible to punch a car hard enough to get it to flip over! Science topics include Archimedes, parabolic mirrors, thermal energy, ignition points, reflectivity, light rays, aiming sights, levers, fulcrum, type 1 lever, pivot point, lever arms, torque, speed, mass, center of gravity, momentum, W = FD, and forward linear momentum.