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    Incredible Man-Spider Cosplay at Silicon Valley Comic Con

    We meet up with cosplayers Mike and Shelly (who last year made an awesome Totoro costume) and check out their new Man-Spider cosplay! Mike and Shelly walk us through their sculpt and build of this striking cosplay, one of our absolute favorites from Silicon Valley Comic Con.

    Ask Adam: Revisiting "Finished" Projects

    This week Adam answers Tested member harrison_e_b2's question: "What is your process after you have finished a project? Do you continue to research the project to improve it? Do you ever go back?" Ask your own question in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage)!

    Driving a Robot on NASA's Roverscape!

    During our visit to NASA Ames Research Center, we stopped by the Roverscape, a testing ground for robots and rovers that simulates various types of terrain. We chat with an engineer from the Intelligent Robotics Group about robot testing platforms, and pilot both a real and virtual robot! Learn more about NASA's Open Mission Control Technologies software here!

    Adam Savage Incognito as Star-Lord at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2019!

    Adam dances through the floor of this year's Silicon Valley Comic Con as Star-Lord! From the boots to the blasters, there's a story about the origins of each piece that makes up this awesome cosplay. And staying incognito among the crowd proved challenging! Stay tuned for build videos about the making of this costume!

    Adam Savage Learns About Preserving Alan Eustace's StratEx Suit!

    When Alan Eustace donated his historic StratEx spacesuit, life support, and balloon equipment module to the National Air and Space Museum, he asked for a dynamic display. Objects conservator Lisa Young explains to Adam Savage why she originally resisted that request, and how they eventually found a balance between preservation and display needs.

    Tested: Piloting NASA's Vertical Motion Simulator!

    Tested recently spent the week at NASA Ames Research Center in silicon valley, the campus where NASA performs research and development into technology and science supporting future satellites, robots, and crewed missions to space. Ariel, Simone, and Norm test pilot the Vertical Motion Simulator that trained Space Shuttle astronauts and visit the awesome 20G centrifuge!

    Tested: Deploying Ocean Sensors from a Plane!

    We tag along with the engineers at Sofar Ocean Technologies to watch a test of their Spotter Buoy--an ocean sensor that collects data about the weather anywhere it's deployed. The idea is to put enough of these sensors around the world to gather marine data on an unprecedented scale. Today's test: deploying these from an airplane!

    Adam Savage Visits National Air and Space Museum's Restoration Hangar!

    This was one of the MAJOR highlights of our DC trip: the National Air and Space Museum's Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, where objects conservator Lisa Young gives Adam Savage a tour of the artifacts currently being preserved! In addition to geeking out over an LM cockpit simulator, a "lunar rover, qualification test unit” and the Skylab 4 command module, Adam learns a LOT about the craft of conserving such historic pieces. (We had to practically drag him out.)

    Adam Savage's 2019 Silicon Valley Comic Con Schedule

    It's our FOURTH Silicon Valley Comic Con, and incredibly our first con of 2018! This year, Adam will around all weekend! If you can't make it, there will be plenty of video on Tested.com, of course. And for those of you who CAN join us, there are still some tickets available.

    Adam Incognito (Saturday)

    Stay tuned to Twitter (@donttrythis), because we'll Tweet when Adam is hitting the floor in his Incognito costume! This one has taken a LOT of work and time, too.

    Non-linear Path to Success: Chris Hadfield moderated by Adam Savage (Saturday at 11:30 am, Room 220BC)

    It may seem obvious: A teenager who dreams of becoming an astronaut grows up to be an astronaut, while another dreams of working on Star Wars ... and then works on Star Wars. But both Col. Chris Hadfield and Adam Savage took very nonlinear paths to their goals. They'll both tell their stories, and take your questions.

    Ask Adam: How Do You Cope With Tedium During Projects?

    This week -- with Tested mascot Alfie along for company -- Adam answers Tested member SmithPad2's question: "What are some of your strategies in coping with tedium in a project with lots of repetition?" Ask your own question in the comments section below or on social media (tagged #AskAdamSavage)!

    Adam Savage Builds a Hero's Engine Sweet Cream Pourer!

    Adam decided to make an aeolipile -- or Hero's engine -- powered by liquid nitrogen as part of a video for Starbucks. The idea was that the engine would drive a pulley system that would pour sweet cream into Adam's glass of Nitro Cold Brew. His build, however, was not without complication. Here's how it turned out. (This video is sponsored by Starbucks. Order Nitro Cold Brew here)

    Adam Savage Examines the Space Shuttle Discovery!
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    At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, Va., Adam Savage examines the Space Shuttle Discovery (which he has a personal connection to), then speaks with National Air and Space Museum's Objects Conservator, Lisa Young, about the challenges of putting such a huge and historic spacecraft on public display!

    Marvel's Daredevil Costumes and Props!
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    We get up close with the memorable costumes and props for Marvel's Netflix television shows. From Daredevil's many cowls to the design of the Iron Fist mask, we love the amount of detail the production put into these pieces. This is a rare chance to see these costumes all in once place as Prop Store prepares their upcoming Marvel Television Live Auction.

    Designing the Stranger Things Season 3 Biohazard Suit!
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    We stop by Frank Ippolito's shop, where he and his company Thingergy actually designed and fabricated the costumes for the Russian biohazard suits for Stranger Things! Frank walks us through his design process and collaboration with the show's costume designer, and how his team experimented with fabrics, foam prototypes, and paint applications to give these suits their distinctive look!

    KorbenFX's USS Orville Ship Model Replica
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    The modelmakers at KorbenFX have a long history of making fantastic replicas of some of our favorite science fiction ships, and their newest model is a 3-ft long replica of the USS Orville! Designed with reference from both the digital model and filming miniature, this ship has great surface detail, lighting effects, and even a shuttle bay!

    Chatting Designer Toys with DesignerCon's Founder!
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    We meet up with Ben Goretsky, owner of 3D Retro and the founder of DesignerCon to talk about the culture of designer toys, discovering overseas artists, and what we're excited for at this year's upcoming DesignerCon! Plus, we take a look at a few exclusive pieces on display at the 3D Retro booth.

    Mondo Collectibles at Comic-Con 2019
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    Mondo's known for their movie posters, but their expanding line of collectibles and figures are ramping up as well. We chat with the company's creative director of collectibles to learn what makes their approach stand out from other companies, and how their artists come up with unique takes on our favorite characters.

    Weta Workshop Booth Tour at Comic-Con 2019
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    The talented artists at Weta Workshop filled their Comic-Con booth this year with a great collection of props, costumes, and collectibles from the numerous projects they've worked on. We chat with Richard Taylor and Greg Broadmore about some of the film pieces, new collectibles, and their Dr. Grordbort's Invaders Magic Leap game!