Here’s a super-quick Monday round-up of all things Fringe.
Another promo for Thursday’s Momentum Deferred:
I can’t remember a Fringe trailer looking this cool since..Night of Desirable Objects. Still, we live in hope!
Here’s a BuddyTV interview with Lance Reddick who talks about Phillip Broyles, the mythology of Fringe and tells us why he’s a fan of serialized TV over procedural (mild spoilers):
The folks at Popular Mechanics cast a cynical eye on the science depicted in Fracture:
In “Fracture,” Colonel Randall Gordon, known as “The Colonel,” has made human bombs out of American military patients after they returned from Iraq. By tricking them into injecting an explosive serum into their bodies on a daily basis, Gordon fills the patients up with an explosive fluid. When they have enough serum flowing through their veins, he sends them to his target and triggers the substance in them from afar with radio waves.
The first clue as to how the human bomb was made comes from Bishop, who recreates the substance from the remains of the first human bomb and tests it on a watermelon. When he sets his radio transmitter to 331.6 megahertz, the melon blows, “like proximity fuses in World War II aerial bombs,” Bishop says. Bishop’s reference to proximity fuses is, remarkably, on target. During World War II, radio-wave proximity fuses were created in the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Radar attached to the bomb sent out pulses of radio waves—at about 180 to 220 MHz—that were reflected when they interacted with the target, usually warplanes, causing the bomb to detonate. According to the Naval History and Heritage Command website, “The interference it creates with the transmitter results in a low-frequency beat caused by the combination of the transmitted and the reflected frequencies. The low-frequency signal can be used to trigger an electronic switch.”
The idea that the Colonel’s radiowave device acted as a trigger to the serum by sending out a low–frequency radio wave is less believable. In order for the serum to be triggered by such waves, they would have to be able to receive the signals and trigger an explosion. For the World War II–era proximity fuses, the trigger would likely have been a thyratron, a gas-filled tube that is a high-energy electrical switch. The only way to inject such a trigger into the body would be—and we’re guessing here—multiple nano-sized thyratrons. To the best of PM’s knowledge, these do not exist.
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Deleted scene from 1.05 Power Hungry: