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TechStuff Classic: How Helicopters Work

How do helicopters work? Why does a helicopter need a tail rotor? What is a quadrocopter? Join Jonathan and Chris as they look at the quirky contraptions called helicopters.

AOL and the Very Bad Business Deal

When AOL acquired Time Warner, people worried that the new mega company would become an unstoppable force. Instead, the relationship became known as the worst merger of all time. What happened?

The Birth of AOL

What did the Atari 2600 have to do with the birth of America Online? We look at the company's origins and how it helped usher in the online age.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Plays with Plasma

What is plasma? How do plasma cutters work? Are plasma weapons possible? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris break down the basics of plasma, along with its potential applications.

CES 2019 Overview

Jonathan gives a bird's eye view on CES 2019, with a hint of the old, the new, and the just plain view.

Working with the Large Hadron Collider

Jonathan is joined by Daniel Whiteson of Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. Daniel works in the field of experimental particle physics and conducts research using the LHC. 

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Overclocks a CPU

What is overclocking? What is a clock cycle? Why would you want to overclock a computer? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan explore the pros and cons of overclocking computers.

TechStuff's Wishlist for 2019

Instead of making predictions for 2019, Jonathan decided to create a show about what he hopes will happen over the next 12 months. From video games to corporate policies, here's his wish list.

2018 Predictions Scorecard

At the end of 2017, TechStuff made some predictions for the following year. Now it's time to find out if Jonathan is really a time traveler.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Radio Telescopes

What is a radio telescope? How can we “see” with radio waves? Why are radio telescopes so large? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the nuts and bolts of radio telescopes.

The Top Tech Stories of 2018

We reflect on some of the biggest tech stories to emerge in 2018. From scandals to giant business deals, how did tech impact the world?

The Amazon HQ2 Decision

After months of speculation (not to mention outlandish competition), Amazon finally announced the location of HQ2, its second headquarters. What's the story behind the decision and how might Amazon change Arlingon and Long Island?

Introducing The Brink

A geeky smartwatch company launched three of the five most successful Kickstarter campaigns in crowdfunding history. So how did Pebble lose its way to go out of business? Catch The Brink every Monday wherever podcasts are available.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Plays with R/C

How do radio-controlled toys work? What frequencies do RC toys use? Why do some toys interfere with each other? Join Jonathan and Chris as they break down the nuts and bolts of radio-controlled toys.

A Critical Examination of The Singularity

When people talk about the Singularity, what do they mean? How far off might it be? Or is it even a realistic notion at all? We look at the arguments for and against the idea.

Is Autonomous The Way To Go?

Concluding our episodes on driverless cars is a look into the arguments for and against the technology. Does it make sense? Is it ready? What are the different levels of autonomy and how far along are we?

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes to RAMing Speed

What is RAM? Why do computers need RAM? How is RAM different from ROM? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of RAM.

Driverless Cars from 2007 to Today

In the wake of the 2007 Urban Challenge, several companies began to pour some serious money and effort into developing driverless car technology that could roll out onto real-world roads. From Google to Uber, we take a look at some of those projects.

The 2007 Urban Challenge

How did the 2007 Urban Challenge differ from the two earlier DARPA Grand Challenges? And how did that set the stage for where autonomous cars would go next?

The DARPA Grand Challenges

In the mid 2000s, the Department of Defense R&D agency DARPA sponsored competitions in an effort to kickstart autonomous car technology. This is the story of the 2004 and 2005 challenges.