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Floor 9.5

Floor 9.5

An elevator stops on the wrong floor in this super-condensed, but nonetheless super-creepy horror short film by Toby Meakins. Trust us when we say this half floor is way worse than the one in Being John Malkovich.

DIY Electric Rotary Gun

DIY Electric Rotary Gun

Make It Extreme shows off a really cool and potentially dangerous build – a rapid-fire pellet launcher that uses a motor drive and a spiral rotary wheel to load and launch up to 50 projectiles per second. Their Patreon subscribers get access to the build plans.

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How Your Dog’s Nose Knows

How Your Dog’s Nose Knows

Dogs are known for their impressive olfactory systems, and their ability to suss out all kinds of minute scents. In this clip from Deep Look, we learn how researchers are working with rescue dogs to better understand how their scent tracking abilities really work.

The Philosophy of Mob Psycho 100

The Philosophy of Mob Psycho 100

“Fight on! Fight on!” Made by the creator of One Punch Man, the hilarious anime Mob Psycho 100 is also about the struggles of a character with god-like powers. But as Wisecrack explores, the lesson here is about hard work and realizing one’s place in the world.

Evolution of Film Music

Evolution of Film Music

Violinist Rob Landes looks back the history of film scores, performing 60 themes from 1938’s Snow White, all they way up through 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, while dressed up in a series of silly costumes. It’s interesting how the newer themes aren’t nearly as memorable.

Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears

Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears

Have you ever noticed that while wolves have pointy, upright ears, most pet dogs have soft, floppy ears? Skunk Bear explores the fascinating and puzzling evolutionary biology of wild versus domesticated animals that created these distinctions among others.

How Glass Marbles Are Made

How Glass Marbles Are Made

Sino Sales & Support presents a brief and wonderfully satisfying look at a factory in China where rows of machines crank out millions of glass marbles each year. The soothing sound of thousands of rolling marbles should be an option on white noise machines. Skip to 0:38.

Making a Glass Dragon

Making a Glass Dragon

Glass artist James Mongrain and a team of assistants demonstrate the painstaking process of turning a molten blob of glass into an intricately scaled dragon in this 1-hour video from the Corning Museum of Glass. It’s also the most soothing thing you’ll watch today.

Audi Ice Climb

Audi Ice Climb

To demonstrate the tremendous amount of torque that electric motors can produce, Audi took a modified e-tron electric SUV to the steepest section of a famous downhill ski slope, and drove it UP the 85% gradient, icy hill. Note the belay rope was just for safety.

How Much Water Is on Earth?

How Much Water Is on Earth?

It’s been drilled into our heads that the majority of Earth is covered in water, but just how much is there? Wren of Corridor Crew provides some great visualizations to give us a better idea of the volume of H2O, and when packed into a sphere, its size is surprising.

Pirates vs. Thrones

Pirates vs. Thrones

Musicians Eshan Denipitiya and David Loke present a simply wonderful piano and violin medley that bounces seamlessly back and forth between the theme music from Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean. Now there’s a crossover series we’d like to see.

How Heat Sinks Are Made

How Heat Sinks Are Made

Take an up-close look at the surprising process that goes into making the stacked fins of a heat sink. Rather than casting the aluminum cooling device, they’re made by shaving the fins out of a solid block of metal, and bending them into place.

Becoming Pikachu

Becoming Pikachu

Doing voice work for a CGI animated character might not seem like a big challenge for an actor like Ryan Reynolds, but as he explains, his preparation for the lead role in Detective Pikachu was some of his most challenging and serious work to date.

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Game of Thrones: Stark Secrets

Game of Thrones: Stark Secrets

(PG-13) Alt Shift X pieces together clues from the A Song of Ice and Fire books and HBO’s Game of Thrones to show the Stark’s connections to the White Walkers. Perhaps these connections would play a pivotal role in how the series will end.

Michna: Solid Gold

Michna: Solid Gold

Christophe Thockler created this minimal, but nonetheless captivating stop-motion video using 8,500 individual photos of rocks collected from around the world. It serves as the perfect visual for Michna’s warm and inviting EDM track.

Atomic Ruin

Atomic Ruin

Photographer Andrew Walker captured eye-popping footage of a structure that humans rarely see the inside of – the cooling tower of a nuclear power plant. This particular tower was part of a never-completed plant located in Satsop, Washington.

The Greatest Album Never Made

The Greatest Album Never Made

After the release of the archetypal rock opera Tommy, The Who’s Pete Townshend had a vision to create an even more ambitious concept album and movie. But his plans for “Lifehouse” imploded. Polyphonic digs into the story behind the album that never was.

No Metal Scrubs

No Metal Scrubs

While we’ve been enjoying Weezer’s cover of TLC’s hit No Scrubs, but it’s a little on the mellow side. For those of you who prefer your 1990s R&B with a harder edge, you’ll want to check out Leo Moracchioli’s metal-infused take on the track.

Making a Steel Noose Keychain

Making a Steel Noose Keychain

Maker Mr Novruz walks us through the process of turning a single length of stainless steel wire into a cool and useful holder for keys. There’s something wonderfully satisfying every time he bends and twists the metal.

What the #[email protected]!% Are These?

What the #$@!% Are These?

While we’re perfectly content to use actual swear words, for many years, they’ve been off-limits for use in most public-facing entertainment. Vox looks back at how random punctuation marks became the universal symbol for so-called “obscene” words.

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Never Played Watchtower Before

Never Played Watchtower Before

Musician DØVYDAS likes to take requests during live shows. But when he was asked to play All Along the Watchtower, he had apparently never played it before. So what’s a talented musician to do? Look up the tabs on his smartphone, then perform it anyhow.

LEGO Tamburo Meccanico

LEGO Tamburo Meccanico

Inspired by a mechanical drum-playing machine designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, this LEGO music maker by Giuseppe Acito uses a series of pegs placed onto a spinning wheel to trigger sound sequences as its “fingers” press keys connected to synthesizers.

Battery Bounce Test Slow-mo

Battery Bounce Test Slow-mo

Here’s a little life hack – if you drop an alkaline battery on its end, it should bounce higher if its depleted than when charged. Warped Perception decided to test this out in front of his slow-motion camera, to see how differently-charged batteries behave.

China’s Road Network

China’s Road Network

As part of The Grand Tour‘s third season, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May went to China to explore the country’s impressive road network. Built over mountains, valleys, lakes and seas, the motorways already span more than 84,000 mi.

How to Harvest Olives

How to Harvest Olives

While the traditional method of harvesting olives uses rakes to knock them off trees, we prefer this method from Afron Machinery, which involves surrounding the tree with tarps, then shaking the hell out of its trunk to release the fruit onto a sorting machine.

Infrascapes

Infrascapes

We’ve seen more than our share of time-lapse landscape videos, but this is the first one we’ve seen that was shot using an infrared camera. The Phlog used a modified Canon EOS 750D to capture these otherworldly images in stunning 8k resolution.

Burning Ghost Rider Sculpture

Burning Ghost Rider Sculpture

Artist Steven Richter follows up on his epic Nazi facemelt sculpture with another iconic hothead. This time, he crafted a clay skull, wrapped it with a papier mache Nicolas Cage face, then burned it off to reveal the Ghost Rider beneath his skin.

Vintage Electronics Prop Library

Vintage Electronics Prop Library

When TV shows and movies want to go back in time, they head to an unlikely place, the LES Ecology Center. This Brooklyn, NY urban sustainability organization has found a new use for old E-Waste, operating a prop shop housing thousands of retro gadgets.

Scenic Roads Pixel Art

Scenic Roads Pixel Art

For those of us living in big cities, scenic roads are a bit hard to come by, but once you hit the open road, America has plenty of great drives. Expedia shares five of their faves, reimagined as pixel art from a late 1980s arcade game. We just love Oregon’s Columbia Highway.

Reconfigurable Wheel-Tracks

Reconfigurable Wheel-Tracks

For a DARPA tech demo, CMU National Robotics Engineering Center developed wheels which can transform back and forth between round and triangular shapes instantly, with tank-like grip on soft surfaces in track mode, and a more conventional ride in wheel mode.

Shipping Pallet Dominoes

Shipping Pallet Dominoes

(Loud) The guys at UK handling company Exporta Global decided to make some supersize dominoes, placing 1377 individual plastic shipping pallets on their sides, then knocking them all over. This is so what a 9-year-old boy would do if set loose in a factory.

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