Learn how advances in technology allow boats to go faster than ever before in this video from NOVA: “Making Stuff Faster.” Host and technology columnist David Pogue examines two factors that limit speed—energy and resistance—and describes how Oracle Team USA maximizes the speed of its boat. Instead of a traditional sail, the boat has a rigid carbon-fiber wing that acts as an airfoil to create lift and propel the boat forward. In addition, foils on the underside of the boat lift it largely out of the water, which reduces the drag force exerted by the water on the boat.
This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.
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