WIRED continues its great series in which experts in their respective fields analyze scenes from TV shows and movies to evaluate their accuracy and likelihood in real life. Annie Onishi, a general surgery resident at Columbia University offers the play-by-play this time.
Each July, Pyro Spectactulars by Souza produces hundreds of fireworks shows to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Wired spent a little time with pyrotechnics expert Jim Souza to walk us through some of the science and magic behind the scenes of these explosive spectacles.
Just how did those crunchy and sweet flakes of cereal made it into your bowl this morning? The UK edition of How It’s Made takes us inside a factory where they take various grains, pressure cook, flatten, toast, and sugar-coat them to make a deliciously carby start to your day.
To celebrate 50 years in business, airplane manufacturer Airbus took to the skies with a series of six of its jumbo jets, flying them side by side for a spectacle rarely seen with anything but small planes. Along for the ride were aa A220, A320, A330, A350 XWB, A380, and the ginormous BelugaXL airlifter.
Great Big Story presents a compilation of short documentaries about working with poisonous food and substances. From a gardener who tends to only poisonous plants, to a pioneering group of volunteers who ate poisoned substances, these people risk their lives for science and culture.
While we prefer our ice cream not include powdered milk or plant-based stabilizers, it’s still satisfying to watch the production process involved in making these tasty vanilla and chocolate ice cream novelties. Stick around for some coney goodness from How It’s Made.
Film archivists British Pathé dug up this long-lost bit of footage showing factory workers cranking out what was a mundane item that turned out to be dangerous to work with – mercury thermometers. They would hand-blow the glass, then fill it with the extremely toxic liquid metal.
We get to drive a lot of cars around here – some of which might attract the attention of the police. This time, we got some wheel time in Ford’s latest police pursuit vehicle – a fast, sturdy, and safe SUV made here in Chicago. We were especially impressed with the new Hybrid model. Read on and learn what makes a police SUV different.
Our bodies, brains, and blood cells thrive on oxygen, and inhaling a little extra is good for an energy boost. But is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? What If explores the hypothetical of what might happen if the Earth’s atmosphere had twice as much o2.
If there’s one thing we know about inventors is that they generally don’t just have one idea. Mental Floss‘ list show explains 35 times that famous inventors created something that they aren’t well known for. Who knew that Henry Ford made a car from soybeans?
You might think that mammals always ate meat, but it turns out it was an evolutionary necessity due to changes in Earth’s climate. Kurzgesagt explores whether or not this change in our diets was actually good for us, or if eating meat truly has a negative impact on our health.
Rescue & Restore found an old metal toy piano rusting away in a barn, then carefully disassembled it, satisfyingly sandblasted off the rust, powder-coated it, and cleaned and restored its mechanism – which was basically a xylophone with keys. The resulting restoration is quite impressive.
Gadgets from the 1980s were lots of fun, but the plastics they used back then had a tendency to yellow, and look awful over time. Watch in awe as Odd Tinkering takes a grubby old Nintendo Game Boy and makes it like new. That soldering iron trick to fix the lines on the screen is nifty.
(PG-13: Language) There’s a long, and often disturbing history of launching animals into the cosmos before space programs felt comfortable sending humans. Sam O’Nella Academy looks back at the creatures who often gave their lives so that space exploration could march forward.
Have you ever gotten a box from Amazon that’s way too big for the item packed inside? The CMC Cartonwrap 1000 solves this problem by scanning the item to be packed inside, then making a custom-sized box for it. It’s not ideal for fragile items, though it looks like they’re working on that.
Sporting a marine-inspired look, the Seapro Trooper features a wavy faceplate with big, easy-to-read digits in one of several high-contrast color schemes. Its large 47mm case is made from stainless steel, and it’s water resistant to 20 ATM. Save 72% in The Awesomer Shop.
Ever wondered what sort of intersection offers the smoothest traffic flow? Check out this oddly satisfying compilation of 4-way junctions, simulated with the Cities: Skylines mod Traffic Manager: President Edition. Too bad there’s not room for stack interchanges everywhere.
We prefer seeing movies in their purest form, without 3D, meal service, or other distractions. But over the years, movie studios and theaters have attempted other gimmicks to draw viewers in. The Royal Ocean Film Society explores a some silly and superfluous movie add-ons, including Smell-O-Vision and the terrifying EMERGO!
Meet Manivald. Like many foxes, he’s “overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired.” While living at home with his mom, everything changes when a wolf stops by to repair the washing machine. Chintis Lundgren’s animated short about loneliness and finding yourself is well worth a watch.
The Royal Ocean Film Society spends some time looking at the works of Richard Williams, one of the last of his breed of hand animators – a man known for his fluid and dynamic style, and ability to create worlds with a tremendous sense of depth and perspective.
The Slow Mo Guys took their pricey Phantom high-speed camera, mounted it sideways, attached a macro probe lens to it, and then focused it inside the vortex created by a self-stirring tumbler. The resulting slow-motion footage is a truly amazing look at fluid dynamics.