Three Things on Thursday #14

Hello, and welcome to the 14th edition of Three Things on Thursday.

This week, our things include: Using a superconductor to levitate magnetic fluid, hearing the story behind the Apollo programme and the moon landing, and folding and flying record breaking paper planes.

Let’s go check them out!

1. Levitating Ferrofluid with a Superconductor

YouTuber Tech Planet has been experimenting with ferrofluids, shaped magnets, and a superconductor, and created two stunning videos of these floating, liquid magnets in the superconductor's magnetic field. 👨‍🔬👩‍🔬

Head to Wikipedia to learn more about superconductors.

Head to Wikipedia to learn more about ferrofluids.

2. 13 Minutes to the Moon - The Story of the Moon Landing.

On 13 May 2019, the BBC launched 13 Minutes To The Moon, a 12-part series covering the Apollo programme through the final dramatic 13-minute descent of the Apollo 11 mission, when everything came close to going badly wrong.

Hosted by Dr. Kevin Fong, (who wanted to be an astronaut, and holds degrees in astrophysics, medicine and space engineering) the show captures the full story of how a predominantly young workforce was mobilised to make JFK’s vision a reality, despite having no idea at the start how to do it.

There are 6 episodes available right now (May 23rd 2019), with the final one (episode 12) being recorded live at Houston’s Rice University, where U.S. President John F. Kennedy made his speech in 1962, famously announcing his ambition to take humankind to the moon, and released on 20 July 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. 👨‍🚀🌒

Listen now on iTunes.

Listen now on the BBC.

3. Folding and Flying Record Breaking Paper Airplanes

John Collins, better known as "The Paper Airplane Guy," has devoted himself to designing, folding, and flying the world's finest paper airplanes. Find out the how and why in this video from Wired!

Edition #14 done!

See you next week, for more Three Things on Thursday.

Chris ~ Resident Collector of Things

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