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Pohaku 22-in-1 Multitool

Pohaku 22-in-1 Multitool

A value-priced alternative to spendy multitools, this model is still packed with features. It includes detachable scissors, a corkscrew, pliers, a saw blade, a wire cutter, a 3.3″ knife with flat and serrated edges, a Phillips screwdriver, and a bit driver with nine bits – all for less than 25 bucks. Includes a ballistic nylon pouch.

How to Get to the Moon

How to Get to the Moon

Launching a rocket to the Moon isn’t quite as simple as just going straight up and into the sky. Exploring Space provides a great layperson’s explanation of the mechanics at play, starting with an orbit around Earth, a gradual transition to the Moon’s orbit, and descent to the lunar surface. Lear more about orbital mechanics here.

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Making an Air-powered Airplane

Making an Air-powered Airplane

Most airplanes run on some kind of fossil fuel. But physics expert Tom Stanton recently built an airplane that runs entirely on compressed air. The model plane is based on the diaphragm air-powered engine that Tom previously built, and its fuel tank is an ordinary plastic soda bottle.

Shadow in the Cloud (Trailer)

Shadow in the Cloud (Trailer)

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in this flick about a woman who is sent to deliver a top-secret package aboard a B-17 bomber, and finds herself in the gunner’s seat defending not only against conventional enemies but terrifying monsters. New Zealand writer-director Roseanne Liang’s action movie looks like pure popcorn fun.

Making a Spark Wheel

Making a Spark Wheel

Builder Laura Kampf designed and created this dangerous but awesome looking machine which generates a huge stream of sparks for creating epic long-exposure photos. When she got stumped about the ignition system, she turned to her pal Adam Savage to help come up with a creative solution.

Nobody (Trailer)

Nobody (Trailer)

(PG-13) Bob Odenkirk channels John Wick in this action flick about a seemingly ordinary father who alienates his family after he fails to defend their house against thieves. In the aftermath, his pent-up rage ignites, kicking off a brutal streak of attacks against the underworld. From director Ilya Naishuller (Hardcore Henry). Drops 2.26.21.

Giant Trebuchet First Test

Giant Trebuchet First Test

After showing what it took to build his massive trebuchet, maker Colin Furze finally got to take it outside and put it to the test. Enjoy as the house-sized contraption flings its payloads hundreds of feet, including washing machines, a bicycle, and a patio heater. We’re hoping to see a car go flying next time.

Deal: Google Home Mini

Deal: Google Home Mini

Get a bargain on the original Google Home Mini. This 2″ x 4″ Google Assistant speaker. Originally priced at $59, this tiny smart speaker can answer questions, check your calendar, alert you to reminders, control smartphone appliances, play music, and more. A limited-time offer from The Awesomer Shop.

Up Close with Volvox

Up Close with Volvox

Volvox (aka “globe algae”) are a genus of bright green algae that like to hang out in freshwater. Now spend a minute living in their world, courtesy of Shigeru Gougi, who shared this amazing footage of the spherical green lifeforms dancing about under the lens of a microscope.

Surveying The Northern Lights

Surveying The Northern Lights

Auroras create some of the most awe-inspiring visuals you can see on our planet. SciFri introduces us to Don Fairbanks, a scientist who has dedicated the last two decades to studying these polar lights. His recent research is focused on how they can impact communications satellites and the Earth’s power grid.

Could You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever?

Could You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever?

The ability to upload one’s knowledge, experiences and even consciousness into a computer is a frequent concept in science fiction. In this Cyberpunk 2077 inspired episode, Kurzgesagt explores what would be necessary to store and simulate our minds, along with some of the ethical concerns about digitizing humanity.

Hidden Corridor Puzzle

Hidden Corridor Puzzle

Love a challenge? Jean-Claude Constantin’s Hidden Corridor puzzle will definitely get your brain juices flowing. The objective of this Level-9 puzzle is to maneuver its ball through a maze by moving a series of sliding levers. Made from laser-cut wood, acrylic, and metal hardware.

LEGO Minifig Puzzles

LEGO Minifig Puzzles

Chronicle Books teamed up with LEGO to create a series of fun jigsaw puzzles. Among them are these 1000-piece puzzles based on the faces and bodies of LEGO minifigs. With its repetitive details and yellow color scheme, the faces puzzle is definitely the more challenging of the two.

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Pawn Stars Price Comparison

Pawn Stars Price Comparison

Over the course of its more than decade-long run, Pawn Stars has seen its share of unusual and sometimes valuable items come up for sale. Reigarw Comparisons looks back at some of the notable items to turn up at Las Vegas’ Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, along with their values as estimated by Rick Harrison and company.

Beethoven’s Fifth: Beat a Maxx Remix

Beethoven’s Fifth: Beat a Maxx Remix

Working with recordings of The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, London DJ Beat a Maxx created a whole new sound for Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony that even incorporates scratching. Want to get in on the remixing fun? You can download samples to make your own music at Beethoven Remixed.

BMW Electric Wingsuit

BMW Electric Wingsuit

While BMW is best known for its cars, SUVs, and motorcycles, they can now add “electric wingsuit” to their list of accomplishments. Working with pilot Peter Salzmann, they created a solo flying machine that gives a flyer a boost of power, the ability to stay airborne longer, and to also increase altitude.

Gibberish Song

Gibberish Song

We’re not sure how we missed this video when it first made the rounds, but it’s too good not to share. When you listen to Italian singer Adriano Celentano’s performance of Prisencolinensinainciusol, you might think its lyrics are in English, but it’s actually complete nonsense. Bonus points for the harmonica solo at the end.

Gymkhana 2020

Gymkhana 2020

Rally driver Ken Block passes the Gymkhana video torch to his friend and rival Travis Pastrana, as the latter takes on his hometown of Annapolis, MD in a crazy powerful Subaru WRX STI, boosted to 862 hp. Along the way, he jumps over a boat, performs a ballet with a buddy in a BRZ, and plays chicken with an airplane.

Hitman 3 Gameplay Trailer

Hitman 3 Gameplay Trailer

Agent 47 is back and ready for another assignment. In the third part of the World of Assassination trilogy, your killer can now hide in plain sight with disguises and can use just about any item and even the environment itself to execute targets. Coming to PS4, PS5, PSVR, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on 1.20.2021.

The World’s Largest Living Organism

The World’s Largest Living Organism

Conventional wisdom might lead you to believe that the largest living thing on Earth was some kind of whale. But scientists say there’s something much larger, and it’s land-locked in the middle of Utah. Alex Rosenthal of TED-Ed digs into the story of Pando, what caused it to become so enormous, and the risks it now faces.

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Kaboom Percussion: The Mandalorian

Kaboom Percussion: The Mandalorian

Ludwig Göransson’s score for The Mandalorian is the perfect blend of the Wild West with the mystique of a galaxy far, far away. Now enjoy as Kaboom Percussion does justice to the opening and closing theme from the series with a great cover version played on a dozen instruments.

Moving a Wind Turbine Blade Up a Mountain

Moving a Wind Turbine Blade Up a Mountain

Giant wind turbines are a common sight in the countryside, and we’ve occasionally seen them being transported on long flatbeds. But getting their enormous fan blades up a mountain along curvy switchbacks poses a unique set of challenges. This video from China’s CGTN shows just how they do it.

All I Want for Christmas Is Creep

All I Want for Christmas Is Creep

Celebrate the holidays with this combo of Mariah Carey and Thom Yorke. The unlikely mashup comes to us courtesy of musical madman William Maranci, who thinks that Radiohead’s Creep should have been a happy little Christmas song.

Hawaiian Punch Candy Canes

Hawaiian Punch Candy Canes

Tired of the same old peppermint candy canes? This Christmas, switch it up a bit and enjoy these sweet treats that taste like Hawaiian Punch. They come 12 to a pack and include four each of Fruit Juicy Red, Lemon Berry Squeeze, and Polar Blast flavors. Want something a bit more tangy? Try some Sweet Tarts candy canes.

Twin Strangers

Twin Strangers

Apparently, for every face on the planet, there are seven other people who look almost exactly the same. In this documentary from Origin, they interviewed doppelgängers from around the globe, and explored how similar they really are. Looking for your match? Check out the Twin Strangers website.

Car vs Detonators

Car vs Detonators

The Beyond the Press channel covered an old beater with 70 blasting caps, then detonated them remotely. With the help of their Matrix-style ring Chronos 1.4 cameras, they recorded the sparkly light show in 360º slow-motion. For safety purposes, they couldn’t load the car with explosives, but it’s still fun to watch.

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