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Freezing Soap Bubbles

Freezing Soap Bubbles

Photographer ZALUSKArt captured these impressively detailed time-lapse macro shots of ice crystals forming along the surface of soap bubbles as they’re frozen. Since each crystal is unique, every bubble is a one-of-a-kind, yet temporary work of art. More here.

7 Million Years of Human Evolution

7 Million Years of Human Evolution

Want to know about our genetic ancestors? American Museum of Natural History’s fascinating video takes us back to the moment where humans branched off from chimpanzees, and illustrates our progress via maps of significant archaeological discoveries.

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Morbius (Teaser)

Morbius (Teaser)

Jared Leto stars in this offshoot of the Marvel Spider-Man franchise. The film tells the story of Michael Morbius, a doctor who accidentally transforms himself into a pseudo-vampire while attempting to find a cure for a rare blood disorder. Eventually, he decides he will only drink only the blood of bad guys, making him a true antihero.

Optical Invisibility Shield

Optical Invisibility Shield

Recently seen in a much larger version, this intriguing piece of plastic distorts light in order to make objects placed behind it look like they’re invisible. NightHawkInLight goes beyond the wow factor to explain how the prisms in this fresnel lens work their magic. If you want to play with a Lubor’s lens, you can find a bunch on Amazon.

How to Fly a Helicopter

How to Fly a Helicopter

This short video from Pilot Yellow provides an incredibly concise and easy to understand explanation of the basics of helicopter flight, using a small Guimbal Cabri G2 chopper to demonstrate. While it doesn’t go into the complexities of weather or flight safety, it’s a great primer on what all of those controls do.

Why Cities Exist

Why Cities Exist

Despite the crowds, costs, crime, and other drawbacks of big cities, people flock together in densely packed areas, leaving vast areas of the world undeveloped. Wendover Productions looks at the reasons that over 50% of the global population occupies just 1% of the land.

Cable Braiding Machine

Cable Braiding Machine

This wild looking industrial machine is designed to take dozens of spools of thread and braids them together to wrap the exterior of a cable harness. We’re not quite sure why it doesn’t feed the cable through itself, and a human still has to do that work.

Model Citizen

Model Citizen

Filmmaker David James Armsby’s short film drops us into a creepy universe in which families are forced into their monotonous daily routines until they are no longer deemed “pretty” by their robotic overlords. If you enjoyed this dark and dystopian vision, bve sure to watch the rest of the Autodale series.

Thread Screen

Thread Screen

Breakfast created this incredible work of kinetic art that uses spools of thread to display images. It has 6400 individual spools, each of which can rotate between 36 different colors to display a single pixel. The trick is that the spools actually are loaded with a long multi-color belt, rather than individual threads.

Skull of Skulls Sculpture

Skull of Skulls Sculpture

Looking for something creepy to put up on your bookshelf? This 5″ tall cast plaster skull that’s made up of dozens of smaller skulls and bones is sure to fit the bill. Each one is handmade from extra hard casting powder and reinforced with Herculite. It’s also available unpainted, and there’s a cheaper resin version on Amazon.

Rare Substance Probabilities

Rare Substance Probabilities

Ever wonder what the chances were of stumbling upon naturally-occurring gold or platinum? Reigarw Comparisons returns with another infographic video to explore the probabilities of finding a randomly occurring atom of substances on Earth, from the wildly prolific oxygen, to the incredibly rare Element 118.

ER Doc Breaks Down Movie Injuries

ER Doc Breaks Down Movie Injuries

All kinds of bad things happen to people in the movies. But we all know that fiction can exaggerate what people can live through in the interest of drama. Emergency physician Italo Brown is here to set us straight on the survivability of film boo-boos from Scarface to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

GoPro on a Lathe

GoPro on a Lathe

We’ve seen lots of cool things turned on lathes over the years. But one thing we’ve never seen is what the wood sees as it spins around. Mr. Michal decided to clamp his GoPro into the business end of his lathe to see just what that might look like, and the result is unsurprisingly dizzying as it ramps up from 14 to 1800 RPM.

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History of the Earth

History of the Earth

Over its 4-ish billion year history, the Earth has seen some dramatic changes. Algol does a great job conveying some of the milestones of our planet’s development through this animated infographic, which shows changes in the Earth’s average temperature, atmospheric composition, and day length throughout its lifetime.

World’s Largest Science Experiment

World’s Largest Science Experiment

You’ve probably heard of the Large Hadron Collider at some point, but do you have any idea what this gigantic machine actually does? Physics Girl visited the CERN facility in Geneva Switzerland to check out this marvel of science, digging into the experiments it’s being used for, and the questions it’s trying to answer.

How a Tesla Valve Works

How a Tesla Valve Works

Invented by Nikola Tesla, this ingenious type of valve uses a series of teardrop-shaped channels to restrict the flow of gases going one direction, by allowing smooth flow the other direction. NightHawkInLight built one such valve and demonstrates how it works by igniting propane gas flowing through it.

A Brief History of Alcohol

A Brief History of Alcohol

After a long day at work, it’s nice to take the edge off with a little booze. But where did humans get the idea to ferment spirits and drink them in the first place? TED-Ed presenter Rod Phillips looks back on the 7,000+ year history of alcohol, which like many things, appears to have its origins with ancient Chinese civilizations.

Lifespans of the Future

Lifespans of the Future

Just 200 years ago, the life expectancy of humans was dramatically shorter than it is today. Pursuit of Wonder pontificates on how we’ve improved our lifespans to date through science and technology, what our future might look like, and how lives are best measured by quality, rather than the quantity of years we have.

2020 Digital Marketing Bundle

Whether you own your own business or just have a side hustle, knowing your way around digital marketing can be the difference between failure and success. This bargain bundle of 12 online courses will teach you how to leverage social media, email, video, search engines, and affiliate marketing to maximize results.

Bamboo Temple Scaffolding

Bamboo Temple Scaffolding

A look at an incredible handmade structure being used to access and repair damaged temples in Bagan, Myanmar. These scaffolds are constructed entirely from bamboo and coconut husks, yet are apparently strong enough to hold several construction workers.

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Abandoned Iceland Movie Set

Abandoned Iceland Movie Set

Most of the time a movie production films on location, they try to return it to the way they found it. But once in a while they just up and leave their set pieces behind, like at this surreal location in Iceland, where Mobile Instinct visited an “ancient” village was built for a movie back in 2009 or so.

Timothy Dexter: Rags-to-Riches

Timothy Dexter: Rags-to-Riches

Yep, vacation is over. So it’s time to get back to your desk and maybe do some work or learn something. Let’s start off with another oddball history lesson from Sam O’Nella Academy, and one Timothy Dexter, an 18th century farmhand who married his way into aristocracy, and then became even more wealthy despite his stupidity.

The Mad Batter Machine

The Mad Batter Machine

As far as we know, the longest home run hit ever was 582 feet by Joey Meyer – and that was with the help of Denver’s thin air. But pesky human ball players are no match for Smarter Every Day and Jeremy Fielding’s terrifying motorized batter built to hit a ball at speeds up to twice as fast as an pro player – if it doesn’t self destruct first.

What Happens to Hotel Soap?

What Happens to Hotel Soap?

While some hotels are moving to larger, bottled bath products to reduce waste, there are still many who provide individually packaged soaps and toiletries. Tech Insider introduces us to Clean the World, a socially-responsible enterprise that takes these items, sanitizes, recycles, and donates them to populations in need.

Pickle Time Machine

Pickle Time Machine

(PG-13: Language) “Science is just magic that works.” exurb1a talks us through the strange science that explains how two pickles placed apart from each other have actually traveled through time at infinitesimally different speeds. Stick around until the end and you might actually learn a thing or two about physics.

How Algorithms Replace Your Brain

How Algorithms Replace Your Brain

(PG-13: Language) While true artificial intelligence is a fascinating concept, most machine learning tech still uses some kind of algorithmic decision making. Ordinary Things provides a layperson’s explanation of how these systems work, and how our reliance on algorithms could make us stupider, and take our jobs in the process.

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