Episode 017: Fire from the Sky (Supervillains Part 3)

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It’s time for Part 3 of our supervillain special! Get ready to learn how to build your own EMP gun, focus the powers of electricity, kill people with a smile, or just blow the top off of every volcano you cross. Don’t forget to tune in Friday for the final segment in our supervillain series!

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Your Very Own Volcanic Eruption (0:37)
-A quick refresher on Diet Coke and Mentos
-How to trigger your own volcano

Pulling Asteroids Towards Earth (6:18)
-Some current plans to mine and tow asteroids
-Some basics on intercepting satellites
-There are 5 Die Hards…Matt needs to get out more often.
-Interestingly the first time the term file sale was used to describe a cyber attack was in Die Hard, otherwise, it means totally a different thing.

Solar Flares and EMP Cannons (14:57)
-Turns out, solar flares are caused by a buildup of magnetic energy in the sun (so I’m wondering if there’s a way to cause more energy buildup)
-It’s called a magnatron, and this is it’s gun
-Would you like to build your very own HREF or EMP Gun
-On the topic of mythbusters, here’s a good forum where people are discussing the magnatron episode (the cool thing about it, is someone there posted a link to a super awesome microwave weapon, and another article on the failing of larger scale microwave weapons)
-Also, if you open the door while your microwave is running and the magnetron is on, you probably will get a nasty burn at the bare minimum

Tesla powers. Go! (22:29)
-You can find quite a few Tesla Coil guns online (including directions to make your own)
-You can also find Tesla Coils on hats and backpack mounted on segways if you look hard enough
-Do you need more proof that Tesla worked for good and Edison for evil? Perhaps a comic book that shows them in the true supervillain/superhero roles would enlighten you. (I’ve never read this before, so I’m not sure if it’s worth recommending, but I will be shortly and I’ll let you know what I think about it if I can find it)

The Jokers poison (27:00)
-This is the poison that the Joker uses to kill his victims, leaving them with smiles on their faces

Mutually assured destruction (29:15)
-The dead hand system
-And yes, the codes for nuclear launch in the US were all zeros



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