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Nov. 18, 2011

Meet the Balloonatics!

by Leslie Taylor

In this video, Science Friday's Flora Lichtman and Christopher Intagliata interview two long-time 'baloonatics' who work at Macy's Parade Studio. John Piper and Jim Artle give the viewer a tour around the balloon studio and explain the science and art of making sure the beloved balloons stay aloft and look their best for their jaunt down 34th Street.

 

For more on balloon science, check out this video that shows how the giant character helium balloons are made -- from sketch, through computer 3D rendering, to construction. The Science behind Macy's Parade Balloons

About Leslie Taylor

Leslie is the online editor at Workboat.com and NationalFisherman.com. She has a background in oceanography and is passionate about getting non-scientists and young people to realize how cool science can be. She is also Science Friday's former web editor.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Science Friday.

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