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Time Warp was a popular science
Popular science
Popular science, sometimes called literature of science, is interpretation of science intended for a general audience. While science journalism focuses on recent scientific developments, popular science is broad-ranging, often written by scientists as well as journalists, and is presented in many...

-themed television program
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 produced for the Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel
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 in the United States
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, in which Jeff Lieberman
Jeff Lieberman (roboticist)
Jeff Lieberman is the host of the show Time Warp on Discovery Channel.Lieberman, originally from Florida, holds two B.S. degrees, in Mathematics and Physics, and two M.S. degrees, in Mechanical Engineering and Media Arts & Sciences with a focus in Robotics, all from MIT. He is currently taking a...

, an MIT scientist, teacher, and artist, along with high speed camera expert Matt Kearney, turn their high speed camera
High speed camera
A high speed camera is a device used for recording fast moving objects as a photographic image onto a storage media. After recording, the images stored on the media can be played back in slow-motion...

on everyday occurrences and singular talents.

This TV show captures some common everyday events and views them again in super slow motion to uncover the many principles of physics in our lives. For example, they examine a drop of water, explosions (many of them), gunshots, ballet dancing, cornflour, shallow water diving, X games and sometimes some uncanny things like piercing one's cheek or standing on blades. It also includes a humorous narration.

The high speed cameras are used at as low as 500 frame/s for capturing how dogs drink to as high as 40,000 frame/s for capturing bullets, breaking glass, etc. Speeds above 20,000 frame/s are shot in black and white as the data for lightness and darkness is reduced when there is no color [hue] value to shoot. This is because the recording is digital and so the frame rate is limited to a certain data rate and black and white footage is much smaller [in memory space] than full color. At such high frame rates, 1 second of recorded video takes over 16 minutes to play back at a normal speed [24frame/s, 30frame/s].

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