Wildlife conservancy is a science benefiting from the new tech and tools of today. Join Indre as she travels to Ano Nuevo State Park to explore the research tools scientists are using to study elephant seals in the wild.
While working on a recent prop project, Adam realizes that he needed better lighting for his workshop bench, and embarks on building a custom light rig for illuminating his builds. Using off-the-shelf parts like an affordable LED light panel, Adam wires up this versatile bench lamp that can be positioned precisely where he needs it!
Sean experiments with designing for laser cutting in this prop replica project inspired by Blade Runner 2049. Using our Universal Systems laser cutter, he makes a futuristic-looking display stand for the memory spheres that appear in the film. We talk through his design process and assemble this neat light-up stand. Find the memory orb replica here.
Modelmaker Kayte Sabicer joins the Tested team to teach us some of the modelmaking skills she’s used for making filming miniatures. Our first project is a garage kit of a turn-of-the-century diving suit–a perfect chance to paint up resin to look like aged metal! (Find this model kit here!)
We’ve gushed about Rec Room for a while now, and devote this week’s episode to discussing why it’s such a great introduction to virtual reality and how its multiplayer quests have real depth. Rec Room’s latest quest–Island of the Lost Skulls–is one of the best VR experiences we’ve had yet. Plus, Norm talks about playing the Zero Latency location-based room-scale VR game.
Kishore and Indre investigate the intriguing world of CRISPR, a new gene editing technology that is shaking up the worlds of science and medicine. They experiment with a D-I-Y kit to explore how CRISPR works, and visit Berkeley’s Innovative Genomics Institute to learn more.
This week’s One Day Build is a collaboration with new Tested contributor Bill Doran, aka Punished Props! Bill visits Adam’s workshop to help make a replica of Adam’s Ringwraith Gauntlets using thin sheets of foam, showing the versatility and accessibility of this popular cosplay material! Watch Bill’s paint-up of this build here.
Space billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are in the news today, but one of the first space billionaires appeared in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker. Ariel is joined by author Bonnie Burton and science correspondent Emily Calandrelli to talk about pop culture’s stylized take on space travel in the late 70s, in the wake of Star Wars and the dawn of NASA’s Shuttle program.