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I’m Not a Robot

I’m Not a Robot

Spam has always been a big problem on the Internet. Tom Scott looks back at the history of CAPTCHA and other solutions attempted over the years to weed out bots from humans submitting forms, and the endless game of cat and mouse which is being fought on the digital battlefield.

Why Some Days Aren’t 24 Hours

Why Some Days Aren’t 24 Hours

If you ever had to explain the Earth’s timekeeping method to an alien civilization, you might find it challenging. As Minute Physics explains, what we call a day isn’t exactly what most of us think. For a more detailed explanation, the What Is a Day interactive lab is worth checking out.

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What If You Only Drank Coke?

What If You Only Drank Coke?

Sugar is a drug. It satisfies cravings, is addictive, and bad for you. But what would happen if you lost your mind and the only thing you drank for the rest of your life was sugary (er, high fructose corn sweenter-y) soda pop? The Infographics Show digs into what is sure to be a terrible idea.

Do Robots Deserve Rights?

Do Robots Deserve Rights?

Kurzgesagt asks some of the most difficult questions that will become exponentially more relevant in the years to come. Do robots deserve rights? Would they even need or want the same rights that humans have?

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If You Fell out of an Airplane

If You Fell out of an Airplane

You would think that if you fell 30,000 feet out of the sky without a parachute, you’d be toast. But it turns out that on one occasion, somebody actually survived such an accident. What If explains what happened in that very lucky case, and the far more likely outcome.

The World War of the Ants

The World War of the Ants

Think that humans fight and kill a lot? Kurzgesagt aims its magnifying glass at the tiny world of ant colonies, where billions of the bugs violently battle against other kinds of ants and insects every single day of their lives. From decapitations to cannibalism, life as an ant can be brutal.

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If You Fell Into a Pool of Snake Venom

If You Fell Into a Pool of Snake Venom

After explaining how we might just have a chance of surviving a dip in a swimming pool filled with sharks, the guys from What If are back to tell us if it’s safe to go back in the water, only the water has been replaced with the venom of hundreds of thousands of snakes.

Ordinary Things: Litter

Ordinary Things: Litter

(PG-13: Language) The Ordinary Guy provides an snarky, yet educational look at humanity’s ever-increasing production of trash, our struggle to dispose of all the waste we produce, and a few of the sillier attempts to convince us not to litter via public service announcements.

Obscure Obsolete Inventions

Obscure Obsolete Inventions

(PG-13: Language) From the window-mounted baby cage to the beauty micrometer, our old pals Sam O’Nella Academy are here to school us on a variety of strange and not very useful inventions which found their place in society for brief periods of time, and thankfully are no longer in use.

What If We Destroyed the Moon?

What If We Destroyed the Moon?

No, we don’t actually have the capability (yet). But here are the major things that would happen if we somehow destroyed or lost the Moon, courtesy of RealLifeLore. Good news, we’d see more stars at night. Bad news, the polar ice caps would eventually melt.

Tiny Bombs in Your Blood

Tiny Bombs in Your Blood

Kurzgesagt once again dives deep within our bodies, this time to explore the complement system, a part of our immune system which can activate to help defend us from disease, but that also needs to be kept in check to keep from destroying us from the inside.

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You Don’t Need to Be Exceptional

You Don’t Need to Be Exceptional

In some cultures, and even more so in certain households, it’s drilled into our heads that in order to be successful in life, that you MUST be the absolute best. The School of Life is here to remind us that living life well isn’t equated with such lofty goals, and how the pressures of achievement often make our lives worse.

The Nova Effect

The Nova Effect

The Pursuit of Wonder presents a fictitious story about a man who loses his dog, and how that event triggered a sequence of events that shape the course of his life. It’s a fascinating exploration at the nature of random occurrences, and whether they could alternatively be looked at as fate.

How to Make Recycled Paper

How to Make Recycled Paper

Shmoxd shows us how to make recycled paper using readily available materials. He then adds texture and color to the new paper by adding different bits like plants, food and even shredded electronics. But will it blend?

Ordinary Things: Breakfast Cereal

Ordinary Things: Breakfast Cereal

We love a bowl of sweet and crunchy breakfast cereal as much as the next guy, but as Ordinary Things points out, this high-carb, low-nutritional value day-starter isn’t exactly good for you, despite what the marketing might tell us. The Stuff You Should Know episode on the Kellogg brothers is worth a listen too.

10 Strange Engines

10 Strange Engines

YouTuber JD Rock’s picks for the strangest engines invented or currently in development. The list includes the hypersonic harbinger SABRE, the highly scalable and versatile camless engine, and the mind-boggling EmDrive.

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Why Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

Why Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

It’s a key sequence PC users dread having to use, but the old “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” is still in use today. Nostalgia Nerd looks back at the origin of this key combo which dates back to the 1980s. We’re sure that Apple will profess that their “Command-Option-Esc” key combo is far superior.

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Tips for Buying a Used Car

Tips for Buying a Used Car

ChrisFix shares a number of practical tips on buying a used car, including what to ask from the owner, how to check the car’s value and how to run a VIN check for free. He also made a checklist for the test drive. You should research and ask around online as well.

Why Pirates Talk Like That

Why Pirates Talk Like That

Yarrrrrr! Avast, ye mateys! Shiver me timbers! That’s how we generally think that pirates spoke. But it turns out that it’s a complete fabrication. Cheddar explains where that familiar pirate speak came from, and theorizes on what they might have actually sounded like.

The Universe in 4 Minutes

The Universe in 4 Minutes

Derek Neutron and Barbara Proton… Usually they engage in a 3-way with Carmen Electron. Exurb1a presents a brief “educational” video, skimming over how the universe works, from tiny subatomic particles to entire galaxies. At least it’s better than this explanation.

Casually Explained: Being Healthy

Casually Explained: Being Healthy

“One of the ways you can see if you’re not getting enough anti-oxidants is by looking at your skin and seeing if it’s starting to rust.” Casually Explained digs into health foods, diet trends, counting calories, and nutrition in this snarky, yet surprisingly informative clip about taking care of out bodies.

Could Your Phone Hurt You?

Could Your Phone Hurt You?

There’s been a long-held concern that the electromagnetic radiation that emanate from cell phones, power lines, and other devices could cause harm to our bodies. But is there any truth to this concern? Kurzgesagt attempts to separate the fact from fiction in this controvertial topic.

The Worst Animal Skeletons

The Worst Animal Skeletons

(PG-13: Language) When you think of it, the skeletons of all creatures are a little weird looking, but some are definitely weirder than others. Tune in to this lesson from the Sam O’Nella Academy and enjoy 10 of the worst bone designs that mother nature has bestowed upon the world.

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