Happy Fourth! We've resurrected a highly festive video from our archive to get you in the holiday spirit.
The Phantom line of ultra-high-speed video cameras have held PopSci's rapt attention even before the v12 model won our Best of What's New Award in 2008. So what better way to celebrate our nation's independence than aiming a Phantom v641 from New Jersey's Vision Research at all manner of explosives, resulting in high-definition footage of fireworks going off at a glorious 2,000 frames per second?
Saveur assistant editor Anna Stockwell is a woman of many talents -- she cooked a whole goose last year -- but when we brought the Phantom v642 super-slow-motion super-camera over to the Saveur office, she was on her lunch break. So we just captured this footage of her and her apple.
Even ordinary phenomena are fascinating to watch when they're filmed at 1,000 frames per second!
You know that iPhone game Fruit Ninja? Where fruits are flying at you and you have to slice them in half with a finger? It's a good, mildly challenging subway diversion. Translate it to the real world, though, and suddenly the air is full of slashing blades and squirting pulp, and it's not nearly as easy to cut a fruit in half as you thought it was.
I found this out the hard way. And wasn't I lucky that our Phantom v641 high-speed, high-def video camera was there to document my shame at 1,200 FPS?
Remember when master knifemaker Bob Kramer came to the PopSci office just to slice our soda cans in half? Great fun! But how we wished we had had an ultra-slow-motion camera like the Phantom on hand that day.
We couldn't just let it go. So, armed with our own Kramer knife and our Phantom, we attempted to replicate the feat. It took a little practice, a lot of sharpening, and a pretty high knife-tip velocity, but here's the slow-mo video for your edification!
If we were still in high school, this would be our video art project about the dehumanizing, isolating effect of mass media, and how it's everyone's obligation to take arms against the mind-controlling one-eyed machines.
Now is the time of year when pomegranates are at their sweetest and juiciest. This video celebrates the season in one of our favorite ways: by tossing a pomegranate into our Vitamix blender and filming the vegetarian carnage in ultra-slow motion with the Phantom supercamera.
The Vitamix blender again. In this ultra-slow-motion video, we visualize the violent but beautiful vortex it creates by floating a layer of red oil on a quart of water. Stare deep, deep into the vortex.
That time is upon us. The science and technology of 2011 have been terrifically exciting, but the year is winding down. Here at PopSci, we're strapping on our jetpacks to go spend time with our nuclear families.
In this video, we kick off the festivities with a Phantom ultra-slow-motion camera and a hyper-powerful Vitamix blender.
What happens when you hit a hard-boiled egg with a racquetball racquet? The tireless minds at PopSci set out to investigate, with a Phantom super-slow-motion HD camera and the intrepid (and, we found out, remarkably graceful) Stan Horaczek.