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Making Sci-fi Laser Beams

Making Sci-fi Laser Beams

Real laser beams don’t behave like they do in science fiction. Instead of firing in short blasts, they appear as a single coherent beam of light. The Action Lab shows a simple way to achieve the sci-fi effect in camera using a spinning fan blade and by taking advantage of a digital camera’s rolling shutter effect.

Two-sided Bowl Painting

Two-sided Bowl Painting

Watch in awe as this unnamed artist works some serious black magic. She first paints what seem to be abstract shapes inside of rice bowls, but they come together to form a detailed portrait. Then the real trick happens when the camera flips to the other side of the room. Two images are based on characters from The Untamed.

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Birds in Bubbles

Birds in Bubbles

Researchers in London, England used a fascinating method to view the aerodynamic properties of flight. Using helium-filled soap bubbles, they were able to visualize the vortices created by birds’ wings, and made interesting observations about the role their tail feathers play in flight. Details here.

LEGO Ideas Emperor Scorpion

LEGO Ideas Emperor Scorpion

LEGO builder Slekk024 is hoping to get his creepy crawly model of an emperor scorpion put into production. The brick-built sculpture is based on a real creature that grows as large as 9″ long, and glows under UV light. The model is made from 694 parts, and has around fifty articulated joints, including legs, pincers, and tail.

The Secret History of Masks

The Secret History of Masks

(PG-13: Language) While they’re not the most fashionable things, face masks are a must in public places these days. Ordinary Things dives into the origins of face coverings, from the earliest ceremonial masks, to costumes, to their use as protective gear. Can you imagine walking around in those plague doctor masks?

RC Crashes and Fails

RC Crashes and Fails

Watching remote-controlled planes take to the skies is a great pastime. But one thing all R/C flyers know is that there’s always a risk that their aircraft could crash if something goes wrong. YouTuber XJet has witnessed many such catastrophes first-hand, and has compiled them together into an extensive 33-minute reel.

Reebok U.S.C.M. Bug Stomper

Reebok U.S.C.M. Bug Stomper

Reebok follows up their awesome Alien Stompers with another futuristic shoe. This mid-top is ready to kick xenomorph butt with its military color scheme and camo graphics. They’ve got a full-grain leather upper, a comfy molded sockliner, and quick access strap closures. Drops 4.25.20 @11pm CDT, just in time for Alien Day.

Stoner Parking Lot

Stoner Parking Lot

Forever Stoked Creative and Mondo Games teamed up to create this card game in which players work in teams, and attempt to avoid alerting others in the parking lot that you have weed and snacks. Famed pot heads Doug Benson and RZA even gave it a try. For 3 to 7 players. Each round takes about 15 minutes.

Quarantine Dog Good Boy

Quarantine Dog Good Boy

“I used to do tricks too, but the tricks don’t make them happy anymore.” Elke Van Der Steen, Lucia Ahrensdorf, and Michael Reich collaborated on this strange, but oddly relatable short film that takes us inside the mind of a dog while its masters are stuck at home under quarantine. Warning: Dog poop ahead.

Does Time Exist?

Does Time Exist?

TED-Ed’s Andrew Zimmerman Jones provides a brief overview of the different ways in which physicists theorize how time and space relate, and ponders the question that time may not be a fundamental property of the universe, and only exists in our collective minds.

Hollywood (Trailer)

Hollywood (Trailer)

(PG-13) Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan created this limited-run series about the drama behind the scenes of working in Hollywood during its golden age, delving into the inequalities in its system, and the industry’s biases across, race, gender, and sexuality lines. Premieres 5.1.20 on Netflix.

Adam Savage’s Mechanical Claws

Adam Savage’s Mechanical Claws

Adam Savage plays around with an awesome new item for his collection. Designed by Gary Fay Creations, these articulated fingers elongate the wearer’s digits, while mimicking their movements. The effect is both amazing and creepy. We’re just glad they don’t have sharpened blades like Freddy Krueger’s.

Studio Ghibli Meeting Backgrounds

Studio Ghibli Meeting Backgrounds

Famed Japanese animators Studio Ghibli have released a small collection of backgrounds for use with video conferencing apps like Zoom. The series includes magical images from Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Ponyo on the Cliff, Princess, Mononoke, and more.

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Slow-Motion Glitter Drop

Slow-Motion Glitter Drop

(Flashing images) We already know that confetti and other small, moving objects can wreak havoc on video compression algorithms. Now, The Slow-Mo Guys have gone all out to push YouTube to its limit with some ultra high-definition, high-speed footage of glitter falling towards their camera’s lens.

Restoring a Toy Cash Register

Restoring a Toy Cash Register

Fully-mechanical cash registers are relics of a bygone era of shopping. But there was a time that they were so popular that they even made a version for kids to play with. Watch as Rescue & Restore takes on the challenge of tearing down and rebuilding a rusted-out Tom Thumb model that dates back to the 1950s.

Firing a Ship’s Cannon

Firing a Ship’s Cannon

The kinds of weapons used by modern militaries pack a wallop, but the cannons installed on ships hundreds of years ago weren’t exactly gentle. The Smithsonian Channel’s World of Weapons: War at Sea demonstrates a working replica of a 17th century cannon as it blasts a 9-pound metal cannonball into a ship’s hull.

Launching a Rocket Underwater

Launching a Rocket Underwater

Warped Perception enjoys seeing how things look in slow-motion. He recently got the idea to launch a model rocket from inside of an aquarium, letting us see how it behaves both in and out of the water. We love the way its exhaust plume changes as it breaks the surface of the water.

A Bad Case of Crabs

A Bad Case of Crabs

There are some things you just don’t want to put in your luggage. Fragile stuff like bottles of wine are definitely a risk with careless baggage handlers. And as this video captured in the Bahamas a few years back demonstrates, you never, ever want to bring home a suitcase full of crabs.

Naps

Naps

Somewhere around 4pm every day we’d like to take an afternoon siesta. If you could use some sleep too, video editor Daniel Mercadante put together this compilation of animals and people dozing off to help inspire your next power nap. If you need more inspiration, we’ve heard yawns can be especially contagious.

The Follow-Up

The Follow-Up

(PG-13: Language) Filmmaker Ben Berman’s meta-documentary was made entirely under self-quarantine. He used the service Cameo to pay actors and other celebrities, along with news footage and search engine queries to paint a picture of the anxiety being fueled by social media and other rumor mills.

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Discostrings

Discostrings

Musician Alan Gogoll has made a number of videos that capture the vibrations of the strings from inside of his acoustic guitar. This clip features a medley of some of his warm and inviting fingerstyle tracks, and enhances the hypnotic visual with the addition of glow-in-the-dark guitar strings.

An Expert on Movie Plane Crashes

An Expert on Movie Plane Crashes

Plane crashes are a staple of action movies. But how realistic are the crashes depicted on screen? Insider sat down with Stephen Moss, a former investigator at the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch and asked for his opinion on a dozen movie air disasters. As expected, some are far more accurate than others.

U.S.S. Discovery Time-lapse

U.S.S. Discovery Time-lapse

Star Trek fans, tune in for the next 36 minutes for (or 18 minutes if you choose 2x speed on YouTube) and watch as a team of scenic carpenters transform a bare soundstage into the main set pieces for Star Trek: Discovery – including the bridge of the show’s eponymous starship.

Why Is It Called a Hot Dog?

Why Is It Called a Hot Dog?

If you squint really hard, a hot dog kind of looks like a weiner dog on a bun. But is that really where this food got its name? Today I Found Out’s Simon Whistler digs into the etemology, history, and rather unappetizing composition of the ballpark and school lunch favorite.

Burt Reynolds Is James Bond

Burt Reynolds Is James Bond

Actor Burt Reynolds famously turned down the role of James Bond after Sean Connery stopped playing the character. But thanks to the wonders of machine learning tech, we can now see what that might have looked like, courtesy of deepfake expert Shamook, who inserted the actor’s visage into scenes from Dr. No.

Silhouettes

Silhouettes

NYC design collective Breakfast shows off another one of their amazing kinetic artworks. As its clock-like hand rotates, it uses electromagnets to push and pull steel pins into place, displaying silhouetted images of those who have stood in front of its camera.

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