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The Universe is Hostile to Computers

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Tiny particles from distant galaxies have caused plane accidents, election interference and game glitches. This video is sponsored by Brilliant. The first 200 people to sign up via https://brilliant.org/veritasium get 20% off a yearly subscription.

This video was inspired by the RadioLab Podcast "Bit Flip" https://ve42.co/BF -- they're brilliant science storytellers.

A Huge thanks to Dr Leif Scheick, Calla Cofield and the JPL Media Relations Team.

Thanks to Col Chris Hadfield. Check out his book: https://chrishadfield.ca/books/

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NASA Mars 2020 website covering the specifications of the Perseverance Rover https://ve42.co/RoverBrains

Australian Government Australian Transport Safety Bureau report on QF72 -- https://ve42.co/ASTBQantas

Australian Government Australian Transport Safety Bureau summary on QF72 --https://ve42.co/ASTBQantas2

Great Blog post about QF72 -- https://ve42.co/DempseyQantas

Michael Barr's report on the Toyota acceleration issue --https://ve42.co/Barr2015

NASA's Report on Toyota -- https://ve42.co/NASAToyota

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Wikipedia about radiation hardening -- https://ve42.co/RadHardening

Toward Monitoring Fault-Tolerant Embedded
Systems (Extended Abstract) -- https://ve42.co/Goodloe2009

Article about speed run -- https://ve42.co/BurttSpeedrun

Article about speed run -- https://ve42.co/BountySpeedrun

Article about redundant systems in spaceflight -- https://ve42.co/NASAComputers

Article about the PowerPC750 -- https://ve42.co/Wener-FlignerNASA

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Good article about Cosmic Rays causing flashes -- https://ve42.co/AtkinsonEye

Good article about radiation resistance -- https://ve42.co/RoverResistance

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Written by Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev
Animation by Ivy Tello, Mike Radjabov, Fabio Albertelli, Jakub Misiek and Charlie Davies
SFX by Shaun Clifford
Filmed by Derek Muller, Raquel Nuno, and Emily Zhang
Edited by Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev
SFX by Shaun Clifford
Additional video supplied by Getty Images
Rover Footage From NASA/JPL-Caltech
QF72 footage from the Smithsonian channel https://youtu.be/H3q5S9PCoJA
SM64 footage from https://ve42.co/pannenkoek2012
Music from Epidemic Sound
Produced by Derek Muller, Petr Lebedev and Emily Zhang

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