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how it works: turbochargers

A turbocharger. It weighs about 10 pounds and is about the size of a cantaloupe.

I’m going to begin a series of explanatory pieces on how stuff works. This one is about turbocharged engines. I’m sure there are many tutorials on the internet, but this one aims to be as simple as possible, aimed at everyday non-technical audiences with plain language as briefly as possible.

What does “turbo” and “turbocharged” mean? What’s a turbocharger and why are they so awesome?

A turbocharger is a contraption that helps an engine produce more energy. In an automotive engine, that means the car will be able to accelerate faster when its engine is equipped with a turbocharger.

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notable quotes about science

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.
Jacques Cousteau

When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.
W. H. Auden

Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
Albert Einstein

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.
Carl Sagan

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
Carl Sagan

The fundamental concept in social science is power, in the same sense in which energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
Bertrand Russell

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