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How Does a Jet Engine Work? [GE Masterclass]

Baratunde Thurston takes you behind the scenes at GE’s Global Research Center to answer the question: How does a jet engine work?

With the help of aerospace engineer Todd Wetzel, you’ll see why “suck, squeeze, bang, blow” is a great way to talk about modern flight.

From turbojets to turbofans, the two discuss how airplane engines have evolved to become the powerful, high-efficiency machines they are today.

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PicturePhone: How Bell Telephone Lost a Half Billion, But Nearly Created the Internet [Stories of Technological Failure - Part 3]

How Bell Telephone’s PicturePhone, introduced in 1964, flopped yet nearly catalyzed the internet.

Technically, it was an amazing achievement: Bell used the existing twisted-pair copper wire of the telephone network — not broadband lines like today — to produce black and white video on a screen about five inches square. And, amazingly for the time, it used a CCD-based-camera. It was meant to be the most revolutionary communication medium of the century, driving subscribers to purchase broadband lines, but failed miserably as a consumer product costing Bell a half billion dollars.

This is one of three videos in a series on marketplace failures of technological objects.

Why the Dvorak Keyboard Didn’t Take Over the World [Stories of Technological Failure - Part 2]

Perhaps no technological failure is better known than that of the Dvorak keyboard.

Since the early 1870s nearly every typewriter used a keyboard with a QWERTY layout, yet most studies show the Dvorak arrangement of keys to be faster.

This video probes the underlying reasons that this arrangement failed to make headway in the marketplace. This video tells the story of why the Dvorak keyboard failed.

This is one of three videos in a series on marketplace failures of technological objects.

First Drive: BMW i8 [Chris Harris On Cars]

Chris Harris takes a 24 hour trip to Los Angeles to drive the new BMW i8. He hated the flight, but the i8 left a positive impression on the team.

Capable of 23 miles all electric before the 3-cylinder turbocharged motor kicks in to recharge the batteries.

This is one of the closest production cars we’ve ever seen that looks almost identical to the concept car it’s based on.

'Optimus Prime' Describes Hubble Telescope Successor's Transformation [NASA]

The James Webb Space Telescope will be folded up for its launch to an orbit nearly a million miles from Earth.

Voice actor Peter Cullen (Transformer’s Optimus Prime) describes how its ‘transformed’ to a working telescope and the science it will perform.

How Sony’s Betamax lost to JVC’s VHS Cassette Recorder [Stories of Tech Failure - Part 1]

In 1976 Sony introduced the Betamax video cassette recorder. It catalyzed the “on demand” of today by allowing users to record television shows, and the machine ignited the first “new media” intellectual property battles.

In only a decade this revolutionary machine disappeared, beaten by JVS’s version of the cassette recorder. This video tells the story of why Betamax failed.

This is one of three videos in a series on marketplace failures of technological objects.

Toshiba Canvio Connect Portable Hard Drive (2TB)
Product Features:


Access and share content from any device anywhere via the internet and mobile device
Store your files in a centralized place next to your PC or Mac
Complete backup solution for protecting your digital memories
Back up content from your mobile devices27
Simple and intuitive user interface
Includes Toshiba 2-Year Limited Warranty
Secure your backups with password-protected data encryption
Stores and access files from PC and Mac without reformatting.


(available on Gabestore)

Toshiba Canvio Connect Portable Hard Drive (2TB)

Product Features:

  • Access and share content from any device anywhere via the internet and mobile device
  • Store your files in a centralized place next to your PC or Mac
  • Complete backup solution for protecting your digital memories
  • Back up content from your mobile devices27
  • Simple and intuitive user interface
  • Includes Toshiba 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • Secure your backups with password-protected data encryption
  • Stores and access files from PC and Mac without reformatting.

(available on Gabestore)

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