The speed of light is pretty darned fast, but given just how far the Earth is away from the Sun, its light it doesn’t get here instantly. It’s Okay to Be Smart teaches us how it’s not just a simple math equation, but complex astrophysics that explain how sunlight is much older than you’d think.
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To pay tribute to our brave and dedicated frontline workers, Mattel is creating toys that include figures based on nurses, doctors, EMTs, and delivery drivers, as well as police, fire, rescue, garbage, and delivery vehicles. Proceeds from purchases made through 5.31.2020 will go to #FirstRespondersFirst. (Thanks Pat!)
During the Rainer Hersch Orkestra’s 2019 New Year’s concert, Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal came on stage to perform a “warm up” after arriving in England from Spain. To stretch her vocal cords, she belted out a goosebump-inducing rendition of Alexander Courage’s original theme from Star Trek.
While on a ski vacation with his family in the Swiss Alps, a father experiences a series of unexpected and terrifying incidents. Writer/Director Jonas Ulrich’s haunting short film conjures similar feelings of isolation and fear that we experienced watching Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
Being stuck at home gives you time to work on self-improvement. This bundle is a good start, with lifetime subscriptions to Rosetta Stone’s extensive language learning system, 12min’s library of book summaries, and KeepSolid’s VPN Unlimited to protect your online privacy.
When it comes to everyday tools, a pocket knife would likely rank as the number one item on most lists. These portable blades can be used to open packages, cut rope, slash seat belt webbing, and support self-defense. Everyday Carry picked out their 20 favorite models for 2020 (so far) – at least one of which belongs in your pocket today.
Kaiju fans, here’s an official version of Monopoly just for you! The board includes famous monster locations like Goro’s Workshop, Planet X, and the M Space Hunter Nebula. The set comes with custom sculpted tokens based on Mothra, King Ghidorah, Minilla, Mechagodzilla, and of course the O.G. (Original Godzilla.)
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Military flight scenes in movies can be incredibly thrilling. But are the actions that movie pilots take realistic or tactically sound? The guys from GQ enlisted the help of former Navy fighter pilot Matthew “Whiz” Buckley to evaluate the veracity of scenes from movies like Pearl Harbor and Top Gun.
Licorice candies like Twizzlers and Red Vines look like rope, but is it possible to actually use them to pull things? Louis Weisz and his friend Jeffrey Ziskind conducted a series of experiments to see if they could weave together a bunch of the candy into a rope that could bear weight and even tow a car.
While some might consider it sacrilegious to make bacon out of anything other than pork belly, we still very much enjoyed watching Tabitha Brown’s delightful recipe video for a vegetarian bacon substitute made from carrots, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and other seasonings.
The guys from the Hydraulic Press Channel got their hands on a new machine for their workshop. It uses a pair of conveyor belts and a set of powerful rollers to flatten objects. They’re still working out the kinks, but it clearly has destructive potential. It’s also one of the more satisfying ways to pop large bubble wrap.
It’s the year 2028, and while the world goes about its business, a system basically eradicates all knowledge of 20th century pop culture. Tom Scott explores one of the negative possibilities of artificial intelligence run amok in his own 6-minute episode of Black Mirror.
You might think that robots are a 19th or 20th century invention, but the idea of a humanoid machine dates back way further. TED-Ed looks back to an ancient Greek myth that involved a giant automaton warrior built to defend an island kingdom. It was also the first story about a robot struggling with its humanity.
Looking to expand your skill set while you’re stuck at home? This bargain-priced series of three online courses will teach you everything you need to know to master Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, and Adobe InDesign CC, the world’s most popular tools for graphic design and illustration.
While there’s some debate whether bats might have kicked off the current, deadly pandemic, they generally only kill a couple of people each year. Reigarw Comparisons looks at a variety of animals, insects, and other organisms to see just how many humans succumb to these killer creatures each year.
The Union Glacier Camp is a private camping facility in Antarctica. It sets up each year to operate from November to January – aka Antarctic summer. Studiocanoe takes us on a lighthearted tour of the isolated camp, which provides shelter from the frigid temperatures, and acts as a hub for expeditions in the area.
The latest version of Dell’s powerful laptop for creatives has a nearly bezel-less 15.6″ touchscreen with up to 4K resolution, 100% Adobe RGB color gamut, and maxes out with a 10th gen Core i7-10875H CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU, and 64GB of DDR4 RAM. Want something even bigger and badder? There’s an XPS 17 on the way.
During a police chase in McLoud, Oklahoma a cop attempted a PIT maneuver on a fleeing pickup truck, causing the vehicle to lose control and flip. But rather than stopping the criminals in their tracks, the truck righted itself and kept on driving. The cops eventually got the scofflaws though.
Art of Engineering explains how the tall construction cranes used to build skyscrapers are able to increase their own height. The process, known as “climbing” a tower crane requires precision and patience, and can be incredibly dangerous if not done properly.
(PG-13: Language) exurb1a presents the deepest monologue he’s ever created, a poetic work of allegorical science fiction about a young man who searches for wisdom and insight while seeking to find his grandfather. But as he reaches his destination, the truth is revealed about his long, long journey.
What started out as a satirical “AI” music video host became one of the most recognizable characters of the 1980s, appearing in Coke ads, a music video, and even a TV series. Space Feather’s comprehensive analysis of the character is well worth a watch for anyone familiar with Matt Frewer’s iconic glitchbot.
The cute-as-a-bug Mini Bugout is an everyday carry pocket knife small enough to pack inside an Altoids tin. Scaled down to a closed length of 3.7” and weighing in at just 1.5 ounces, Benchmade’s baby is made of CPM-S30V blade steel with a Grivory handle, making it tough enough for adventures big and small.
This skinny, cordless light is designed to attach underneath a vehicle’s hood, providing bright and even illumination while you work. It has 202 LED lamps which output up to 1200 lumens. It adjusts from 47″ to 76″ wide to fit a variety of hoods, and its spring-loaded, padded clips reduce the risk of damaging paint.
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