We all know that science fiction takes its share of liberties with its depiction of what life is like in space. In this clip from Vanity Fair, astronaut Chris Hadfield shares his thoughts on what movies like Gravity, Armageddon, The Martian, and Interstellar got right and wrong.
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This tiny 6.5″ tall arcade machine features graphics inspired by Stranger Things‘ Palace Arcade, along with images from Namco games Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, and Pac-Man. It’s fully playable, with those classic 8-bit titles, plus 16 Stranger Things-themed games.
“We had to learn to walk in two worlds, but with one spirit.” This animated short offers a small glimpse into the lives of Alaska’s native Iñupiaq people, as they balance their traditions with the modern world. The film promotes Akima, a corporation held by Iñupiaq shareholders to provide jobs and to reinvest in their communities.
Ketchup and mustard go hand-in-hand, but they both have very different origins, separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles. Mental Floss provides a brief history of the popular condiments. While early mustards were similar to today’s, the first ketchups had more in common with fish sauce.
Miniature model maker Hoo’s mini world shows off an incredible build, a teensy version of a Leica M10 camera, complete with a removable lens. No detail was overlooked, from the curvature of the lens glass, to the leather case, to the aperture settings on its lens ring.
Using an ultra high-speed camera and Schlieren imaging, scientists from RMIT University captured incredible footage of the jet bursting forth from a pressurized plastic soda bottle. The shapes that emerge are called “shock diamonds,” which occur due to pressure differences between exhaust and the surrounding air.
Thanks to hoarding and panic buying, it’s become much harder than normal to find toilet paper these days. Household Hacker thinks the solution is to split your 2-ply rolls down the middle, giving you two single-ply rolls instead. We’re not sure you’ll actually use less, but it might be a short-term solution if you’re desperate.
Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski and Ricky Gervais star in this Netflix animated feature about a four siblings who decide they’d be better off raising themselves, and send their self-centered parents off on a dangerous vacation. Based on Lois Lowry’s darkly comic kids’ book.
If you think that electronic music was born in the 1970s or 1980s, you’d be wrong. Bandsplaining introduces us to Silver Apples, a group who was way ahead of their time, creating innovative glitch-pop sounds back in 1967. They even worked with Jimi Hendrix, but faded into obscurity after a controversial album cover did them in.
While we’re all practicing social distancing, it’s important to know how to handle yourself should you feel a cough or sneeze coming on. This fascinating video from Amayu Wakoya Gena at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar uses schlieren imaging to compare how our breath disperses in different coughing scenarios.
These hexagonal containers are perfect for carrying pills, toiletries, jewelry, and other small items. They’re leakproof and light-safe, have interchangeable labels for their tops, and can be snapped together with their built-in magnets. Each one is made from BPA-free, dishwasher-safe plastic, and holds up to 16 ml or .56 oz.
Sailing across a lake in a boat made out of ice seems like a bad idea, especially when it’s one of the warmer lakes on the planet. But YouTuber Ryan Trahan did just that, and spent three months building a 4000-pound frozen boat for his melty and futile journey. Perhaps some rowing lessons would have helped.
Lois Weber is a name not known to many, but she was a pioneer of the cinema. She directed her first film in 1914, and owned her own movie studio. After directing more than 100 silent films, often tackling difficult subjects, she became nearly lost to history. Documentarian Travis Lee Ratcliff shines a light on her achievements.
(PG-13: Language) With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, people have been going crazy hoarding food and other supplies. But this certainly isn’t the first time panic buying has occurred. Ordinary Things looks back at times when fear overtook reason, and also attempts to explain why toilet paper is always the first thing to go.
We’re all feeling the stress lately, so it’s nice to have something to relax our brains. We turn once again to the Hydraulic Press Channel to help us release some tension, with a series of 65 different soft, squishy, crunchy, fragile, and bendy items meeting a satisfying end.
We’ve all heard the advice to wash our hands, avoid touching our faces, and clean our smartphones if we want to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus or other bugs. Mark Rober uses some UV-reactive powder to demonstrate why that’s so important, and shows just how much stuff we touch and leave our germs on.
Stuck home under quarantine? There’s no better time to play video games. Support a good cause while you’re at it and grab this Pay What You Want bundle with games like Mega Man Legacy Collection and Strider. Spend more than $20, and get Mega Man 11, Street Fighter 30th Anniv., Dead Rising 4, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, and more.
Ever wonder how they make coils of sheet metal? This fascinating footage captured by Sweden’s Dalarna University at the SSAB hot rolling mill shows how a giant slab of steel is heated, then cleaned, roughed, and rolled through a series of machines into gradually thinner and thinner layers.
Swiss accessory maker Encelade 1789 created these mechanical cufflinks. They use 34 stainless steel components and 8 ball bearings to allow the 6-sided die inside to tumble freely. Originally priced at $1000, they’re available in a limited quantities for this special price at Touch of Modern through 3/22/20 at 12pm PST.
First-person drone pilot NURK FPV takes us on a fun ride-along with his pals as they take to the California desert in AXA’s powerful sand rail ATVs and kick up sand from the dunes. Play it in full-screen for maximum immersion, and catch more footage from the outing on Rotor Riot.
(PG-13: Language) Westworld just returned for its third season, and is off to a typically cryptic start. But 43 years before HBO’s hit sci-fi drama appeared, there was a movie version of Michael Crichton’s dystopian story. While it was pretty creepy in its day, and had some promising ideas, Mr. Sunday Movies is here to laugh at its many flaws.
We like to keep a couple of different flashlights around for nighttime illumination – at least one big, superbright one, and a small one that we can toss on a keychain or in our pocket. Everyday Carry is here with 15 great little flashlights that run on a AAA battery, all made from durable materials, with quality LED light sources.
Stop-motion animator Keshen presents an action-packed LEGO short. Watch as our protagonist minifig (who looks strikingly like The Stig) hacks his way into a mysterious building, and locates a high-value, artificially-intelligent bounty. The only trick, it wants desperately to annihilate him.
Electrical engineer Mehdi Sadaghdar of ElectroBOOM presents a series of simple demonstrations involving magnets, batteries, and wires, each of which might seem magical, but can all be easily explained by science. He might have a goofy approach to teaching, but if you stick around, you might learn a thing or two.
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