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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.

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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.

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.

The Hong Kong Handover

The Hong Kong Handover

For over 150 years, Hong Kong was under British rule. When the terms of an agreement expired, it was returned to China. But how does a city with over 7.4 million people change countries? Wendover Productions explains some of the finer points of the transition.

How Loneliness Works

How Loneliness Works

Kurzgesagt takes a break from its lesssons on theoretical science to focus on something a little closer to home – the sense of feeling alone or disconnected from people, a sociological problem that’s been disturbingly on the rise as the world has modernized.

MP40.

MP40.

Ahoy resumes his engaging series on firearms with the MP40. Created in Nazi Germany, this submachine gun became both a symbol of evil and rebellion in pop culture. Despite its brief real world usage, it has become one of the most recognizable guns in shooters.

Why Avocados Shouldn’t Exist

Why Avocados Shouldn’t Exist

Whether on a sammie with bacon, chicken and cheese, or in a spicy guac, we delight in our delicious avocados. But this tasty and nutritious natural treat might not even exist today if it weren’t for some prehistoric farmers who saved them from extinction. SciShow explains.

Building the First Subway

Building the First Subway

These days, those of us in big cities take subways for granted. But in the 1860s, the idea was just being tested for the first time. London, England’s underground project wasn’t exactly easy, but its impact on urban development would be felt to this day. TED-Ed explains.

Brilliant Tech Innovations in Film

Brilliant Tech Innovations in Film

For an art form that’s so dependent on technology, movies and the film industry have lots of inventions and ideas for which to be thankful. But CineFix thinks these three developments in particular had the most impact on filmmaking over the years.

How Punk Became Punk

How Punk Became Punk

(PG-13: Language) Punk rock shook up the music scene back in 1976, but “proto-punk” bands dating all the way back to the late 1950s defined the genre without even knowing it. Trash Theory looks back at the history of punk rock, and the roots of its anti-establishment sounds.

How Animorph Covers Were Made

How Animorph Covers Were Made

Animorphs’ book covers are more famous than the actual stories. Lazy Game Reviews got his hands on the software that artist David Mattingly used for his covers. But due to the software’s limitations, he painted about half of each cover to make them look, uh, better.

How Gorilla Glass is Made

How Gorilla Glass is Made

Up until the mid-2000’s, the displays on devices were mainly covered with plastic. Then in 2006, Steve Jobs asked Corning to create a durable and scratch-resistant glass, and Gorilla Glass was born. Here’s how Corning makes its money-making material.

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How Submarines Work

How Submarines Work

Wendover Productions made this great overview of how submarines work. The video goes over crew shifts, food, communications technology, and the watercraft’s weaknesses. It’s amazing what man’s thirst for revenge can accomplish.

Inexplicable Common Things

Inexplicable Common Things

Want to go down in history? You don’t need to solve an obscure problem. Mental Floss’ List Show enumerates 19 common topics that science hasn’t fully figured out, including laughing, hiccups, ice skates, and of course the common cold.

Learning to Code a Game

Learning to Code a Game

“Unexpected token else!” Serial learner Mike Boyd recognizes that programming is one of the most relevant skills today. He challenged himself to learn how to code and make a simple game. He encountered a lot of bugs and errors, but he eventually succeeded.

How to Name a Product

How to Name a Product

While those of us with small businesses typically just brainstorm product names, big companies rely on experts like Lexicon Branding and its founder David Placek, who gave us memorable names like Swiffer, Febreze, Sonos, Blackberry, and more.

Airplane Boarding Methods

Airplane Boarding Methods

CGP Grey explores the different ways that airplane passengers can be grouped for boarding, why it takes so long to board in the first place, and why airlines don’t use more efficient means. We love how letting people board at random is actually a viable solution.

The Future of Prosthetics

The Future of Prosthetics

“What if I don’t want a hand? What if I want a tentacle?” The Guardian spoke with amputees as well as experts about the present and future of prosthetics and bionics. Research on technology such as brain-machine interfaces raise both possibilities and dilemmas.

The Spoke Blur Effect

The Spoke Blur Effect

Have you ever noticed how when a bicycle wheel rolls along the ground that its top spokes appear to be much more blurred than the bottom ones? Michael of DONG explains the physical and optical properties that bring this effect to life.

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Building a Martian Base

Building a Martian Base

Despite our fascination with Mars, the red planet isn’t exactly the most hospitable place. Kurzgesagt looks at some of the many challenges we’d face if we ever wanted to colonize Mars. Humans can’t breathe there, it’s freezing cold, and Martian dust is poisonous.

Klaatu: The Canadian Beatles

Klaatu: The Canadian Beatles

In 1976, just a few years after the Beatles disbanded, a British journalist published an article about a band named Klaatu. The writer was almost convinced that they were actually the Beatles. Even without today’s social media, the hype train left the station.

Why Airplane Food Tastes Bad

Why Airplane Food Tastes Bad

Cheddar explores the interesting history of airplane food before sharing why they taste bad. The answer? Much of it actually tastes decent. It turns out that conditions inside an airplane mess with our ability to taste.

People Who Can’t Forget

People Who Can’t Forget

The Infographics Show talks about people with hyperthymesia – a highly superior autobiographical memory. While they can’t remember every single detail of their life, they can recall enough – often instantly – that it can sometimes be a curse.

Adam Ruins Mount Everest

Adam Ruins Mount Everest

The world’s highest peak is hitting rock bottom. Adam Conover shares how every year, about 100,000 tourists climb Mount Everest. They have left tons of trash and thousands of pounds of human waste, polluting local water sources in the process.

How Microphones Changed Singing

How Microphones Changed Singing

The earliest forms of vocal amplification date back over 1000 years, but microphones as we know them are less than 100 years old. Cheddar looks at how mics changed the way vocalists perform when recording and in live shows, and how they put singers front and center.

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