(PG-13: Language) After schooling us on Goth, Pitchfork is back with another entertaining, yet educational animated history short. This time you’ll learn about the foundations of heavy metal music, and how the genre has evolved over the decades. KISS WAS NEVER METAL!
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While you may no longer be able to eat bacon or dance a jig after you’re six feet under, you may still have an impact on things long after you’re gone. Life Death And The Universe offers some deep thoughts on the subject from both philosophical and scientific angles.
Kurzgesagt explores string theory, and how it attempts to explain the nature of the universe. It’s supposed to solve the incompatibilities between quantum and gravitational physics by describing particles as “strings” rather than points. Yeah, we’re still confused.
Birds can make some crazy noises, from mimicking sounds of their environment to singing repetitive patterns unique to their species. TED-Ed looks at the ways in which our fine feathered friends pick up their songs, and carry them on generation after generation.
The guys over at iFixit are the leading experts on tearing down new gadgets, splaying their guts open for all to see. They pay their bills by providing tools and docs for those who want to repair their own gear. Motherboard went behind the scenes to learn about their business.
Mark Brown talks about systemic video games. These are games where other characters or factors affect and interact with the game’s world, such as weather, animals or police. They encourage players to be creative and can lead to surprising and memorable moments.
(PG-13: Language) When racism, sexism and classism are gone, these two boxes will still remain. Casually Explained tackles two of this generation’s favorite buzzwords. He reminds us that spending time alone and with other people are equally important. Or so he’s been told.
If you’ve ever had surgery, you know the strange sensation of counting backwards, then basically remembering until you wake up in recovery. TED-Ed explains the science behind modern anesthesia, and how they keep you from moving, feeling pain, or forming memories.
Just because you’ve got a widescreen doesn’t mean you’re seeing movies the way they were filmed. Many films were shot in an even wider aspect ratio, and streaming services are cutting off the edges to make them fit without black bars. Patrick (H) Willems explains.
It’s one of our pet peeves – replacing actors in the middle of a TV series or in movie sequels as if nothing happened. Writer Rex Sorgatz takes a look at this Hollywood monkey business, and how digitization could allow actors to keep performing long after they die.
The Slow Mo Guys turn their attention to the various ways in which television display screens trick our eyes into thinking we’re seeing motion, when in fact they’re either painting images line-by-line, or rapidly flickering between still images. They also fake us out with color.
(PG-13: Language) exurb1a performs a grand thought experiment in order to argue that said situation should remain theoretical. He considers the ethical, medical, technological, social and existential consequences if we were able to create digital copies of ourselves.