• For Thanksgiving, a Healthier Way to Fry Foods

    Turkey day is almost here — that magical time in America when the grocery stores and airports overflow with excitement and anxiety — only to conclude with hours on the couch, napping and watching football.

    But before the hibernation, even before the pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving is all about turkey. There are endless ways to cook a turkey: most people roast theirs for hours in the oven, some people butterfly it and put it on the grill, and this year Jacque Pepin recommended a steamed turkey, but at This Could Be Big we fry our bird.

    The speed, flavor and fresh air - even the calculated risk - make frying a turkey the tastiest way to enjoy the holiday. Sure, deep fried turkey isn't the healthiest option, but it's only once a year.

    But what if there was a way to enjoy all the crunch and taste of fried food without the canola oil hot tub?

    Purdue University food science Professor Kevin Keener has developed a technique to fry food without all the oil. It's done using a machine called a radiant

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  • Human-Powered Helicopter Motors Toward New Frontier

    Getting a helicopter 3 meters off the ground for 1 minute doesn't seem like much of an achievement, but doing it without the power of a motorized engine has stumped engineers for the entirety of human history.

    Since 1980, there has been a bounty on the table in the form of the Sikorksy Challenge - which states that any group able to build a human powered helicopter that can meet those criteria, all without leaving a 10-meter by 10-meter area, will be awarded a prize of $250,000 and the universal admiration of fellow engineers. A few teams came close in the 80's and 90's, but no group has claimed the prize. That may be changing soon.

    A team of 75 students from the University of Maryland have built a of carbon fiber helicopter that is inching its way towards that record, and it is called the Gamera - whimsically named after the flying turtle from old Japanese monster movies and a play on the university's mascot, the Terrapin.

    It's powered by the ½ horsepower "Meat-Motor" (as the pilots

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  • Sir James Dyson, one of the true kings of innovation in industrial design, is at it again with yet another radical redesign in his vacuum cleaner technology, and he stopped by the ABC News studios to reflect upon his career and to address the breaking news regarding alleged corporate espionage at his company, at the instigation of a rival manufacturer.

    Dyson confirmed to us that a lawsuit has been filed against German rival Bosch for allegedly stealing company secrets through a rogue Dyson engineer. The engineer is suspected of being paid through a shell company in exchange for Dyson's company secrets, specifically regarding patented motor technology. In the past decade, Dyson has settled patent lawsuits with rivals Dirt Devil and Hoover, and Sir Dyson confided to Bill that these type of situations were some of the lowest points of a long career.

    When he first began building his own line of vacuum cleaners, Dyson's major issue was that the technology had remained stagnant for too

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