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Why Plastic Exists

Why Plastic Exists

In the early 1900s, electricity was about to take the world by storm. But live wires couldn’t safely be used without insulation. Resin harvested from insects worked, but was too expensive to harvest. Necessity being the mother of invention, it drove chemist Leo Baekeland to develop what would become the world’s first plastic.

Schmidt Bros. Carbon Kitchen Knives

Help make your kitchen a better place with this set of chef-grade, high-carbon knives from Schmidt Brothers. Each of the six included knives has a specially curved handle for optimal grip, and they store neatly in a modern acacia wood and acrylic knife block using magnets. Save 30% in The Awesomer Shop.

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BrüMate Liquor Canteens

BrüMate Liquor Canteens

BrüMate’s drink flasks feature a look inspired by vintage WWII gasoline “Jerry” cans. They hold 8oz. of your drink of choice, and are cast from stainless steel with a special food-safe coating to eliminate any metallic aftertaste. They’re available in numerous colors, including some cool camouflage patterns.

Wish You Were Here on Ukulele

Wish You Were Here on Ukulele

During an appearance at Paste Magazine’s NYC studio, the talented Jake Shimabukuro performed a soulful rendition of Pink Floyd’s classic, eking crazy amounts of emotion out of his little ukulele. While there he also played Bohemian Rhapsody, his original When The Masks Come Down, and Hawaiian folk song Wai’ alae.

Floating an Anvil

Floating an Anvil

You’d think it would be pretty difficult to get a 110-pound iron anvil to float on top of a liquid, but it’s definitely possible with the right substance. In this clip from Cody’s Lab, he shows how a tub filled with shiny liquid mercury does the trick. The much higher density of the mercury is why this experiment works.

How Stop Signs are Made

How Stop Signs are Made

New York City sees many of its stop signs and other street signs vandalized or stolen each year. Between replacements and other projects, the Department of Transportation’s Queens sign shop makes over 100,000 new signs each year. Insider takes us inside the facility for a look at the work that goes into this laborious process.

Learning to Dress

Learning to Dress

Computer science PhD students at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using artificial intelligence tech to try and help a computer learn to put clothes on like a human might – assuming humans were actually hot dogs with carrots for arms.

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.

Will Ferrell vs. Hot Wings

Will Ferrell vs. Hot Wings

“I do have a very active ulcer right now, so I don’t know if that’ll be an issue.” While on tour to promote his new film Downhill, Will Ferrell dropped by the First We Feast studios to enjoy (or not) some wings with Sean Evans. Can the man who ate spaghetti with Pop-Tarts and maple syrup survive the hottest of hot sauces?

Ludwig Sentence Search Engine

This unique search engine helps you create well-written documents, papers, work projects and more. Enter a sentence in English or one of 52 languages, and it will provide contextual examples from reliable sources. This lifetime subscription deal gets you unlimited searches with up to 60 results per page.

Westworld Season 3 (Trailer 3)

Westworld Season 3 (Trailer 3)

(PG-13: Language) As Maeve and Dolores make their way deeper into the real world, their presence begins to threaten the very existence of humanity. Will the Man in Black be our savior, or our undoing? And what’s with the world with the Nazi flag? All will be revealed soon, with the season kicking off 3/15/20 on HBO.

Hydraulic Press Top 100

Hydraulic Press Top 100

Over the years, the Hydraulic Press Channel has smushed all kinds of stuff in their powerful industrial machines. Rather than having to dig through their YouTube channel for all of the best bits, they’ve compiled their favorite moments of destruction into one video. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the carnage.

Alone: A Star Wars Fan Film

Alone: A Star Wars Fan Film

Kevin Custer’s minimal, but well-executed Star Wars short tells the tale of a stormtrooper who finds himself abandoned and injured on Endor after the destruction of the Death Star II. Naturally, he comes face-to-face with an Ewok along the way.

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NERF x Halo

NERF x Halo

NERF is showing off a line of toy blasters inspired by Halo. The coolest looking is the MicroShots Needler, which sadly doesn’t shoot homing spikes, followed by a motorized UNSC MA40 assault rifle. There’s also a mini SPNKR, a single shot weapon that holds a pair of darts. All three drop on 10/1/2020, just in time for Halo:Infinite.

Gambling Probability Comparison

Gambling Probability Comparison

Reigarw Comparisons recently shared with us the probabilities of how we might perish. But before we shuffle off this mortal coil, let’s see if we can get lucky. So let’s learn about the chances of various gambling outcomes. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning numerous times than winning the Mega Millions lottery.

Every World’s Greatest Drag Race

Every World’s Greatest Drag Race

Enjoy watching MotorTrend’s annual sports car showdown? Well, here’s something you’ll really like, a compilation of every World’s Greatest Drag Race from 2011 through 2019. Watch as awesome cars from Ford to Ferrari compete for straight line dominance. It’s a solid 23 minutes of automotive bliss.

Cooking Parasite’s Ram-Don

Cooking Parasite’s Ram-Don

Binging with Babish takes on the dish that sits at the center of a pivotal sequence in Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar-winner, Parasite. The meal-in-a-bowl combines two kinds of instant noodles with an extravagant Korean sirloin. He then makes from-scratch versions of each noodle dish to see how those stack up.

Lemonade Home & Renters Insurance

Lemonade is an insurance company that breaks the mold for home and renters insurance, using technology for total transparency. Lemonade’s policies can start as low as $5/mo. for renters and $25/mo. for homeowners. The company gets paid from the fee you pay, and any money that’s unclaimed is given to charity.

How Wire Mesh Is Made

How Wire Mesh Is Made

This footage from Chinese company Jiake Machine shows the process of taking coiled wire and transforming it into a sturdy mesh for fences or construction. The automated system pulls wires from dozens of spools, and feeds them through a massive welding rig that spot welds each intersection, with the mesh emerging from the other side.

Machine Dismantles a Car

Machine Dismantles a Car

Once a car is no longer drivable, it heads to the junk yard. But before it ends up on the scrap heap, machines like the Powerhand VRS are used to rip apart the car to separate materials, maximizing recyclability of components. It looks like a great way to work out aggression too.

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Pangu

Pangu

Inspired by an ancient Chinese myth about creation, Taiko Studios‘ animated short film tells the story of a god who has the ability to conjure worlds from nothing. When he realizes the one thing missing is a child, he makes a son in his own image. But will independent thought drive them apart, or bring them closer together?

The History of Hell

The History of Hell

(PG-13: Language) Hell is a hell of a place. But what’s the deal with the fiery, demon-filled land of doom? Where did it come from, and why are we so afraid of ending up there? Ordinary Things provides a brief history of the netherworld and why the place has to be so darned unpleasant.

Tranquilizer Dart Slow-Mo

Tranquilizer Dart Slow-Mo

“How do you stop a rhino from charging?” The Slow Mo Guys take on one of their more unusual subjects – the kind of dart used to tranquilize animals. To demonstrate how these unique medicine delivery vessels work, they filled samples with food coloring, then watched the pressurized fluid release as it met its subject.

Incredible Construction Adhesive

Incredible Construction Adhesive

If you’re going to construct a building, you want to use a tough adhesive to hold things together. In this clip from Russian building materials company Kuvalda, they show off just how impressive Makroflex foam adhesive is at holding bricks together. Though we’re not sure you’d want to stand on that 50 feet up in the air.

The Moon is a Door to Forever

The Moon is a Door to Forever

Amateur philosopher and space enthusiast exurb1a reminisces about the history of lunar exploration, from the Apollo missions through NASA’s plans to return to the moon in the 21st century. Along the way, you’ll learn a thing or two about the moon’s origins, its relationship to Earth, and more.

How to Make a Kurzgesagt Video

How to Make a Kurzgesagt Video

We’ve featured lots of wonderful science and education videos from Kurzgesagt over the years. Now learn how they research, plan, script, storyboard, animate, narrate, and assemble their clips. It’s a great watch for fans of the series, or for anyone interested in creating high-quality content.

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