Might As Well Call All His Movies Blow Up

You might call him a filmmaker with explosive talent. Arun Shukla blows things up to study how they shatter. A professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Rhode Island, Shukla uses a homemade digital video camera to record these destructive fits at 200 million frames per second. How fast is this? One second of Shukla's footage, at standard movie speed, would keep you glued to your seat for three months. He's now blasting holes in Kevlar body armor and concrete bunkers for the military, wringing secrets to better designs from the way the materials react. Next? He's sticking with things that go boom: "People in forensic sciences may be interested in knowing how a pipe bomb explodes."

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