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Arduino Plug and Make Kit

Arduino Plug and Make Kit
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Designed for teens and adults who want to dive into the world of DIY electronics, the Make and Plug Kit comes with an Arduino UNO computer, modular components, a base, and Qwiic cables. The cables plug only one way into each module, eliminating guesswork and risks. There are online guides for seven gadgets that you can create with the kit.

The Science of Workouts and Weight Loss

The Science of Workouts and Weight Loss

If you’re like us, you’ve probably tried to lose weight at some point. It’s never easy to shed those pounds, and it can be frustrating to work out so much and hit a plateau. Kurzgesagt explores the science of weight loss and the way our bodies burn energy. Bottom line: cutting your food intake is critical for dropping weight, while exercise is for your overall health.

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The Strange Science of Squeezing

The Strange Science of Squeezing

If you try squeezing a sealed syringe full of water, it can’t be compressed. But if you leave the Earth’s surface and start heading toward its core, things get strange. Vox offers a brief explanation of the unusual ways that matter behaves in the extreme pressures at the core of a planet or star and the laser tech that’s helping researchers replicate these conditions.

How the UN Translates Everything in Real-Time

How the UN Translates Everything in Real-Time

Did you know that the United Nations has interpreters for only six languages? Or that you have to be able to translate to at least three other languages to qualify as a UN interpreter? What about the fact that there’s actually an interpreter appreciation day? All that and more in Half as Interesting’s video on the intense jobs of UN interpreters.

Shrinking to the Size of an Atom

Shrinking to the Size of an Atom

Ant-Man showed us what it might be like if humans could shrink to a subatomic size. That doesn’t make Epic Spaceman’s latest video any less fascinating. This amazing educational video shows our astronaut host shrinking to 1/10th of his size every 21 seconds. Along the way, he stands with a grain of sand, a tardigrade, a blood cell, and even tinier things.

A Brief History of Ice Cream

A Brief History of Ice Cream

The refrigeration used to make most ice cream has only been around since the early 20th century. But as TED-Ed points out, societies have been making frozen desserts for centuries. The earliest examples date back to the first century in locations as far and wide as Italy, China, and India, but ice cream as we know it didn’t emerge until the late 1600s.

Why Were We All Afraid Of Quicksand?

Why Were We All Afraid Of Quicksand?

Despite living in a concrete world, many millennials are unnecessarily aware – or even afraid – of quicksand. Weird History traces the surprisingly ancient lineage of this pop culture trope until its height in the 1980s. Unfortunately, the video weighs us down with the fear again by sharing real life tragedies related to the sticky trap.

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50 States, 50 Cryptids

50 States, 50 Cryptids

Did you know that every state in America has at least one mythical creature that supposedly lives within its borders? Trust Me Bro compiled this fun video explainer about some of the nation’s legendary monsters and weird things, like the Michigan Dogman, Pennsylvania’s Squonk, and West Virginia’s Mothman. They’re not all Sasquatch or Chupacabra variants.

The Fascinating Science of Cutting

The Fascinating Science of Cutting

Splitting an object into pieces by cutting it has proven invaluable in everything from starting fires to the production of goods. New Mind offers an in-depth exploration of the physics at work when we chop, cut, saw, slice, dice, and machine things to make more things. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history and development of cutting tools.

Fly Metamorphosis is a Beautiful Nightmare

Fly Metamorphosis is a Beautiful Nightmare

“Ugh, I’m going to my room!” So goes the lighthearted narration in Deep Look’s video about how flies mature from maggots to the pesky insects we know. It’s a good thing the narrator is so comforting and fun to listen to, because seeing a fly up close and in high resolution is quite bizarre and unsettling.

The Unproblematic (But Not Really) Capybara

The Unproblematic (But Not Really) Capybara

“So it’s pretty much like capys today have to pay for how good their ancestors had it. Like Gen Z.” Casual Geographic takes a look at the pandas of the rodent world – capybaras. While they can be as peaceful and calm as their demeanor makes them out to be, just like other wild animals these “guinea bigs” are also capable of violence. And so much poop.

The Weird & Terrible Smartphones of North Korea

The Weird & Terrible Smartphones of North Korea

As one of its farcical efforts to prove their government’s awesomeness, North Korea has its “own” smartphones and cellular network. Half as Interesting takes a look at the Monty Python levels of inadequacy and surveillance in these devices and infrastructure. The upbeat music over all this brazen display of oppression makes the whole thing even more hilarious.

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Making Order from Chaos

Making Order from Chaos

If you dump a bunch of dice into a jar, they’ll just land in random positions. But if you jiggle the jar while spinning it, they will eventually work their way into orderly layers, filling in all the gaps. The Action Lab’s physics lesson explains the entropic forces at work that encourage objects to organize themselves.

Debunking Dozens of Common Misconceptions

Debunking Dozens of Common Misconceptions

The sun isn’t yellow. Bulls don’t hate the color red. Touching frogs won’t give you warts. These are but a few of the common misconceptions that The Paint Explainer quickly shoots down in his latest video. He managed to cram 57 of these misbeliefs into just six minutes, but if you’re craving more, be sure to check out part one.

What it Was Like to Be Rich in Every Era

What it Was Like to Be Rich in Every Era

Trust Me Bro takes a simplified and lighthearted look at what it was like to be rich throughout history, from simply staying alive to the obscene multi-generational world-bending stacks that the privileged few have today. While it’s easy to be snarky and say at least cavemen owned their caves, we’d still rather be poor today than at any other point in the past.

Technicolor Movies Were Really Black and White

Technicolor Movies Were Really Black and White

The earliest movies were filmed in black and white. Then, in the 1930s, the first color movies appeared. Cameron from NationSquid explains how Technicolor created the illusion of color using a prism to split red, green, and blue images onto three black and white film strips and then developed them with cyan, magenta, yellow, and black dyes.

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