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- Launch homemade high-power rockets. - Catapult pumpkins the better part of a mile. - Watch robot gladiators saw, flip, and pound one another into high-tech junk heaps. - Dazzle the eye with electrical discharges measured in the hundreds of thousands of volts. - Play with flamethrowers, potato guns, and other decidedly unsafe toys . . .
If this is your idea of fun, you'll have a major good time on this wild ride through today's Technology Underground. From the Burning Man festival in Nevada's high desert to the latest gathering of Large Dangerous Rocket Ship builders to Delaware's annual Punkin Chunkin competition (a celebration of "science, radical self-expression, and beer"), you'll meet the inspired, government-unregulated, and corporately unfettered men and women who operate at the furthest fringes of science, engineering, and wild-eyed arc welding, building the catapults, ultra-high-voltage electrical devices, incendiary artworks, fighting robots, and other machines that demonstrate what's possible when physics meets human ingenuity.
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