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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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