Making Gyroscopes: Working with Physics

A gyroscope on a wire

Gyroscopes are the epitome of “deceptively simple.” At first glance, it looks like a complex top, with the main gimmick being that if the wheel is spinning, the orientation of the axis won’t change. But it’s more than just an executive desk toy–it’s a vital component for many of our most powerful and fragile devices. […]

Mesmerizing Machines and What We Can Learn From Them

Cookies being prepared on a conveyor belt.

Have you ever sat in front of a washing machine and watched the clothes spin round and round? Or pressed your face against the glass at Krispy Kreme, eyes following the donuts on the conveyor belt? Maybe you’ve been entranced by the rides of an amusement park, like the colors changing on a Ferris wheel. […]