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Making Bioplastic from Scratch

Making Bioplastic from Scratch

Relics? No, they’re newly made cups. How to Make Everything tried to make biologically-sourced plastic using milk, potatoes and sugar. He actually succeeded in making plastic out of all three ingredients. But molding them was another matter. At least they’re biodegradable.

History’s Deadliest Colors

History’s Deadliest Colors

Over the years, people have used colorful pigments which promised health benefits, beauty, or artistic merit, but ended up being killers. J. V. Maranto explores some of the nastiest colors in this TED-Ed short. Yes, people used to cover themselves with lead paint.

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How Big is a Trillion Dollars?

How Big is a Trillion Dollars?

Have you ever wondered just how much room you’d need to store a trilion one dollar bills? No? Too bad, you’re going to find out anyhow, thanks to this short video from Animated Comparisons which shows the relative sizes of stacks of bills in various amounts of money.

Is Organic Really Better?

Is Organic Really Better?

Organic food has long been touted as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to conventionally-raised food. But are these more naturally-raised (and more expensive) fruits, veggies, and animals truly better for us and the planet? Kurzgesagt digs into the controversy.

Origins of Common Phrases

Origins of Common Phrases

Did you know the phrase “balls to the wall” got its start as a term pilots used because their throttle controls had balls on the end of them? See, you already learned something today. Sam O’Nella Academy is here to school us on the etymology of a few other phrases as well.

Casually Explained: Travel

Casually Explained: Travel

Are you getting cabin fever as winter’s icy grip sets in? Then consider reserving yourself a ticket and going somewhere new. Casually Explained offers some advice on how to pick your destination, some tips for negotiating your way through the airport, and more.

The Eight Spiders

The Eight Spiders

You’ve probably heard of the trivia that on average, people accidentally swallow eight spiders per year. LEMMiNO even points out that it’s in hundreds of articles and books. Watch him go to great lengths to find its origin, and the shocking potential truth about it.

How Does Banksy Make Money?

How Does Banksy Make Money?

“I can’t believe you morons actually buy this.” The Infographics Show shares a brief history of urban artist Banksy as well as the various ways people have profited off his work. If you want to buy his work straight from him, keep an eye on this website.

AI Expert Critiques Sci-Fi

AI Expert Critiques Sci-Fi

Science fiction is loaded with depictions of artificial intelligence – usually becoming sentient and running off the rails. BuzzFeed’s Professionals Review asked an AI scientist for her take on the on-screen tech, and how far away we are from such realities.

Why Airlines Overbook Flights

Why Airlines Overbook Flights

If you’ve ever been bumped from a flight because there are more people on the plane than seats, you know how frustrating it can be. Cheddar explains how airlines get away with this practice on a regular basis, and why there’s little chance it will change.

Medieval Peasant Food

Medieval Peasant Food

Movies and TV shows set in the Middle Ages often depict peasant meals as unsightly brown blobs. But historian Chris Carr knows otherwise. She dropped by Modern History TV to share what would normally be an actual peasant meal: brown bread, salmon, peas and beer.

The Story of Champion

The Story of Champion

(PG-13: Language) In recent years, Champion has become a popular streetwear brand. But as NachoAverageFinds shares, this is not the first time that the brand has enjoyed the spotlight. The 99-year-old company first found success in outfitting sports teams.

A Celebrity Trainer at Work

A Celebrity Trainer at Work

Celebrity trainer Jason Walsh sums up the routines and exercises that he used to get Bradley Cooper, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Brie Larson, Alison Brie and Emma Stone in shape for their various roles in movies and TV.

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How to Read Poker Tells

How to Read Poker Tells

Poker champ Liv Boeree explains a few of the tricks she uses to spot clues in other players’ demeanor to figure out if they’re bluffing. Of course, really good players can fake tells, but there’s still useful advice for spotting liars, especially looking places other than their faces.

How Aircraft Carriers Work

How Aircraft Carriers Work

Aircraft carriers are one of the most imposing forms of military might. Wendover Productions shares some trivia about how these cities at sea work, such as their massive workforce, how they resupply, and the fact that they never travel alone.

A/V Connectors Explained

A/V Connectors Explained

Modern audio and video devices connect to your TV or receiver’s HDMI port. If you were wondering why there are often still other connectors and slots at the back of your TV, check out Techquickie’s video explaining each connector’s purpose.

The Birthday Paradox

The Birthday Paradox

Even though there are 365 days in a year there’s a 50% chance that two people in a group of 23 will share the same birthday. Increase the number of people to 75 and there’s nearly a 100% chance of a match. How can that be? Kevin of Vsauce2 explains the math.

Aliens Under the Ice

Aliens Under the Ice

While we’re most familiar with planets which are bound to a solar system, there are countless rogue planets out there which float in the darkness of space. It turns out that those frozen conditions might actually provide a home to lifeforms. Kurzgesagt explains.

Hibernation vs. Sleep

Hibernation vs. Sleep

Have you ever wondered how its possible for animals to rest for months on end without eating, drinking, or doing their business? Well it’s because sleep and hibernation are completely different things. TED-Ed presenter Sheena Lee Faherty explains.

How Christmas Lights Are Made

How Christmas Lights Are Made

Insider shares a simple overview of a machine that makes LED Christmas lights. The machine handles everything from preparing the wires to testing the finished product with no human intervention.

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The Christmas Chord

The Christmas Chord

Ever wonder what it is about a song that makes it feel “Christmassy?” Vox explores how some secular Christmas hits share a common musical thread through the use of a specific chord progresssion. Guess we better get to work on our big holiday hit for next year.

Adam Ruins Frequent Flyer Miles

Adam Ruins Frequent Flyer Miles

If you think your credit card’s frequent flyer miles program is a great deal, Adam Ruins Everything is here to make you think again. Airlines and banks create convoluted and ever-changing rules that make redeeming miles difficult and confusing.

How to Build a Dyson Sphere

How to Build a Dyson Sphere

No, Kurzgesagt’s latest video isn’t about building a fancy vacuum cleaner. Instead, it’s an explanation of how we might go about creating a megastructure in space, capable of harnessing the power of a star, by containing it. Basically, it would be the largest task every undertaken.

The Best Human Support Class

The Best Human Support Class

(Gore) TierZoo looks at the best and worst animals you can have in terms of providing mobility, attack, or morale to a human. With the exception of cats and dogs, you have only a handful of practical options. And that is why we’re all for pet robots.

How Did Clothing Get So Cheap?

How Did Clothing Get So Cheap?

How to Make Everything is trying to make a printed t-shirt from scratch. Amazed at the difficulty of the endeavor, he decided to look into why clothes are so cheap these days. A combination of industrialization, necessity and global reach led to the rise of fast fashion.

A Brie(f) History of Cheese

A Brie(f) History of Cheese

When you think about how cheese is made, it sounds kind of gross. But we still love the gooey, stinky stuff, and gobble it up with fervor. TED-Ed’s Paul Kindstedt looks back at the earliest beginnings of this delectable dairy product, roughly 10,000 years ago.

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