Awesome Wind

Driving a Wind-powered Car

Driving a Wind-powered Car

A sailboat sailing straight downwind can only match the speed of the wind and never exceed it. But is it possible that a vehicle powered by wind could defy this limitation of physics? Derek from Veritasium risked life and limb to test just that, as he took a ride in an experimental three-wheeler called Blackbird.

Solid State Wind Energy

Solid State Wind Energy

Capturing the power of the wind and turning it into electricity has proven to be a key component in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. But wind generators require massive fans and typically must be placed in less populous areas. Matt Ferrell explores technology currently in development that could harness the wind’s energy without any moving parts.

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Slow-mo Wind Tunnel Fun

Slow-mo Wind Tunnel Fun

The Slow Mo Guys managed to score some time inside of a full-scale wind tunnel to see how their bodies and everyday objects would behave in gusts up to 80 mph. Along the way, they turn a condom into a wind sock. Learn more about aerodynamics in part two.

What Do Raindrops Look Like?

What Do Raindrops Look Like?

If you thought that rain had a teardrop shape as it fell, you’d be totally wrong. With the help of a vertical wind tunnel, It’s Okay to Be Smart shows us what these droplets of water look like as they head towards Earth, while teaching us about surface tension and air resistance.

Tele-Present Wind

Tele-Present Wind

David Bowen’s unique art installation captures data from a plant stalk blowing the wind, then echoes its movements onto 126 individual stalks placed indoors. Each indoor stalk moves in concert with its outdoor inspiration thanks to accelerometer tracking and servo motors.

Kite Flies Man

Kite Flies Man

Cromarty, Scotland offers pleasant breezes perfect for flying kites. However, the winds were a little stronger than usual the day this guy decided to fly his kite, and he was literally swept him off his feet.

Airborne Turbine Power

Airborne Turbine Power

The Buoyant Air Turbine or BAT from Altaeros Energies is made of a helium-filled, inflatable shell that ascends to high altitudes where it harnesses the energy of stronger, more consistent winds to provide power to remote areas and microgrids.

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