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Doctor Who's Real Life Tech Toys

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Published on Mar 29, 2013

Doctor Who is coming back for a new season and he's bringing along awesome technology straight from the future! But some of these gadgets are actually being used in the real world today. Anthony shows us the actual science in the Doctor's arsenal.

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Real life Sonic Screwdriver: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeB69C...
"The Dundee researchers used energy from an ultrasound array to form a beam that can both carry momentum to push away an object in its path and, by using a beam shaped like a helix or vortex, cause the object to rotate."

Boston Dynamics BigDog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jvLal...
"BigDog is a rough-terrain robot that walks, runs, climbs and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by an engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog has four legs that are articulated like an animal's, with compliant elements to absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next."

Quantum Zeno Effect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_...
"The quantum Zeno effect is a name coined by George Sudarshan and Baidyanath Misra of the University of Texas in 1977 in their analysis of the situation in which an unstable particle, if observed continuously, will never decay. One can "freeze" the evolution of the system by measuring it frequently enough in its (known) initial state."

"The Science of Doctor Who"
"Paul Parsons's plain-English account of the real science behind the fantastic universe portrayed in the Doctor Who television series provides answers to such burning questions as whether a sonic screwdriver is any use for putting up a shelf, how Cybermen make little Cybermen, where the toilets are in the Tardis, and much more."

"Doctor Who: Best of Specials Season 2, Ep. 1 "The Science of Doctor Who"
Explore the real life science behind the biggest concepts and most iconic ideas in the incredible Doctor Who universe.

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