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Breaking Down Medical Scenes

Breaking Down Medical Scenes

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.

Dough Twisting Machine

Dough Twisting Machine

Bakery automation company Fritsch shows off its Multitwist – a machine capable of taking dough and twisting it into a number of programmable shapes. It can crank out thousands of pretzels, braided rolls, twists, and other ready-to-bake pastries per hour.

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How Fireworks Shows Work

How Fireworks Shows Work

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.

Atomic Ruin

Atomic Ruin

Photographer Andrew Walker captured eye-popping footage of a structure that humans rarely see the inside of – the cooling tower of a nuclear power plant. This particular tower was part of a never-completed plant located in Satsop, Washington.

Matchstick Volcano

Matchstick Volcano

The S created his version of the old grade school volcano science experiment, but replaced the baking soda and vinegar with matchsticks and fire, resulting in a dangerous and spectacular fireball. It goes without saying, but don’t try this at home.

How Frosted Cereal Is Made

How Frosted Cereal Is Made

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.

Jumbo Jet Formation Flying

Jumbo Jet Formation Flying

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.

Taking Risks with Poison

Taking Risks with Poison

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.

Can You Die From Too Much Pleasure?

Can You Die From Too Much Pleasure?

We all want to have a good time, but as this clip from The Infographics Show reminds us, our brains’ reward system can cause us to seek out too much of a good thing sometimes – whether through addiction, thrill seeking, or other compulsive behaviors.

How Ice Cream Sandwiches are Made

How Ice Cream Sandwiches are Made

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.

Making Mercury Thermometers

Making Mercury Thermometers

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.

Driven: 2020 Ford Police Interceptor

Driven: 2020 Ford Police Interceptor

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.

What If Oxygen Doubled

What If Oxygen Doubled

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.

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Inventors’ Lesser-known Inventions

Inventors’ Lesser-known Inventions

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?

Is Meat Bad for You?

Is Meat Bad for You?

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.

Restoring a Toy Piano

Restoring a Toy Piano

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.

Restoring a Game Boy

Restoring a Game Boy

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.

Product Wars

Product Wars

(PG-13: Language) Writer/director Stephan Zlotescu and cinematographer H1 teamed up to create this short film that envisions an insane future in which our obsession with commercial goods has driven corporations to genetically engineer real-world versions of their mascots.

Making Scissors from Knives

Making Scissors from Knives

Kiwami Japan takes a momentary break from crafting knives from unusual materials to make a pair of jumbo-size scissors. He started off with a couple of cheap $1 kitchen knives, but ended up with the sharpest kitchen shears we’ve ever seen.

Animals in Space

Animals in Space

(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.

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The Egg Machine

The Egg Machine

There’s something immensely satisfying about this video of the SANOVO OptiBreaker, a specialized assembly line machine which ingests over 200,000 eggs hourly, gently cracks each one, then separates the whites from the yolks. It also can wash itself automatically.

Custom Box-making Machine

Custom Box-making Machine

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.

Seapro Men’s Trooper Watch

Seapro Men’s Trooper Watch
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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.

Intersection Simulations

Intersection Simulations

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.

Unnecessary Movie Gimmicks

Unnecessary Movie Gimmicks

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!

Manivald

Manivald

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.

It Should Be Easy

It Should Be Easy

Anyone who has ever had to take a call from a parent who has managed to screw up their computer will instantly recognize the conversation in Ben Meinhardt’s hilarious animated short. Though we’re pretty sure even the Geek Squad couldn’t fix this problem.

Angular Momentum Demo

Angular Momentum Demo

Utah State University Professor Boyd F. Edwards uses a Hoberman sphere to demonstrate the conservation of angular momentum. After spinning the sphere to generate angular momentum, he pulls its string to shrink its size, and its speed increases dramatically.

Richard Williams: Animating Movement

Richard Williams: Animating Movement

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.

Video Illusions Compilation

Video Illusions Compilation

Kevin Lustgarten shares a reel of some of his many clever and brain-bending scenes he’s created over the years. Most of the trickery is done with digital visual effects, but the resulting imagery is still really entertaining.

Slow-motion Macro Vortex

Slow-motion Macro Vortex

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.

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