The internet is ridden with clips of people doing crazy, hilarious and downright amazing things and on Outrageous Acts of Science, we highlight the cream of the crop. From human powered flying machines in Canada, space explorers in the UK, backwards talking girls in the US and the New Zealander that built a robot rock band the show counts down a definitive top 20 clips of people doing the extraordinary in each episode. With episodes dedicated to homemade inventions, human guinea pigs, nature obsessed thrillers and pure danger junkies the team of scientists deconstruct and explain how each action in the clip worked, how risky it was and above all exactly why it shouldn't be tried at home.
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Matthew Parker (born December 22, 1980) is an Australian stand-up comedian, author, YouTube personality and maths communicator. Parker is the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. He is a former maths teacher, and lives in Godalming, UK. Parker has made several recreational mathematics contributions.
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After college, Parker taught maths in Australia for a while before moving to London and continuing teaching. He later became involved in support education, working with universities and other organizations to arrange maths talks. He later went back to teaching before stopping after one year. He now helps students communicate mathematics to other people, speaks at schools, does media work, and occasionally writes about maths. His goal is “to get more people more excited about maths.” Parker has appeared in numerous YouTube videos, talking about various subjects related to mathematics. He has his own YouTube channel “StandUpMaths” with over 370,000 subscribers, and also appears on more popular channels such as Brady Haran's Numberphile and James May's “BritLab|Head Squeeze” (now BritLab). Parker has made videos about unboxing calculators, including his favourite Little Professor; he presents these videos as a member of a fictional “Calculator Appreciation Society”. Parker has toured the UK both solo and as part of comedy group Festival of the Spoken Nerd, along with Helen Arney and Steve Mould. His first solo tour Matt Parker: Number Ninja finished in July 2013, while his second solo tour “Matt Parker: Now in 4D” started in late 2014. He has written the book Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension. Parker is a regular on BBC Radio Four's Infinite Monkey Cage with Robin Ince and Brian Cox. He has also talked about maths-related topics on BBC News, Sky News, Channel4, CBBC, and occasionally writes for The Guardian. On TV, he is a commentator on nearly every episode of You Have Been Warned (Outrageous Acts of Science). Parker is also a regular commentator on Discovery's Outrageous Acts of Science. In October 2017, Parker started a petition to “Update the UK Traffic Signs Regulations to a geometrically correct football.” In a YouTube video, he explained why the current football shape on traffic signs is incorrect and geometrically undoable. Parker described the current signs as “national embarrassment” and said he hopes the petition will “help raise public awareness and appreciation of geometry.” Parker discussed the issue on You Can't Polish A Nerd. According to him, the government initially dismissed the petition because he is a comedian. By November 2017, the petition had gained over 21,000 signatures. The UK government has responded saying “the current football symbol has a clear meaning and is understood by the public. Changing the design to show accurate geometry is not appropriate in this context.” Parker said he felt “like the Department for Transport had not read the petition properly”. The official response stated it would be too costly to replace the current signs; however, Parker said he only asked for a “precedent for the new signs”. In regards to the exact geometry of a football, Parker said he is “not asking for angles and measurements on the sign, just for it to look more like a football”. Together with another YouTube mathematics popularizer, Vi Hart, Parker won the 2018 Communications Award of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics for “communicating the excitement of mathematics to a worldwide audience through YouTube videos, TV and radio appearances, book and newspaper writings, and stand-up comedy”.
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