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A Brief History of Metal

A Brief History of Metal

(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!

How To Exist After You Die

How To Exist After You Die

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.

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String Theory Explained

String Theory Explained

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.

Earth’s Worst Balance Patch

Earth’s Worst Balance Patch

(Gore) Life-as-e-sports specialist TierZoo explains how mammals and dinosaurs came to be. In the wake of a near-server shutdown known as the Great Dying, two groups of land animals dominated. But one of them eventually came up with a great idea: standing up.

Homeopathy Explained

Homeopathy Explained

“Faith can move mountains, but sugar water can’t cure cancer.” Kurzgesagt explains the basics and origins of homeopathy. It’s often touted as an alternative to expensive treatments, even though it often does nothing except make you think it’s doing something.

How Do Birds Learn to Sing?

How Do Birds Learn to Sing?

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.

How to Make Fake Neon Lights

How to Make Fake Neon Lights

Neon lights are incredibly hard to make and require specialized equipment. Thankfully, arts and crafts master Shmoxd came up with a way to effectively imitate that neon glow using polycarbonate tubing and electroluminescent wire.

Inside iFixit

Inside iFixit

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.

The Rise of the Systemic Game

The Rise of the Systemic Game

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.

How Overnight Shipping Works

How Overnight Shipping Works

The short answer? Secondhand airplanes. Hundreds of secondhand airplanes. Wendover Productions gives us an overview of the huge networks of airports that FedEx, UPS and DHL operate to make overnight shipping possible and affordable.

The Legacy of Monty Python

The Legacy of Monty Python

(PG-13) Wisecrack looks at how Monty Python influenced some of today’s most popular comedy shows and films by breaking down the three main elements of the group’s style: relentless postmodernism, absurdity and political satire.

Introverts & Extroverts

Introverts & Extroverts

(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.

Fastest Car vs. Fastest Helicopter

Fastest Car vs. Fastest Helicopter

Real Engineering ponders a question that you’d think would have an obvious answer: Which is faster: the world’s fastest production car or the world’s fastest helicopter? The answer might surprise you, and the physics at play are pretty fascinating.

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How Does Anesthesia Work?

How Does Anesthesia Work?

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.

The Great Filter

The Great Filter

Kurzgesagt sums up the Great Filter – a possible answer to why we’ve never detected the presence of aliens. It could be something that prevents life from developing. Or something that ends civilizations before they have a chance to expand beyond their planet.

Populele Smart Ukelele

Populele Smart Ukelele

Populele is a ukelele designed for total newbies. Its fretboard has 72 embedded LEDs. Together with its free companion app for iOS and Android, the LEDs will teach you chords and full songs. It also has mini-games that will teach you the basics.

Is Time Travel Real?

Is Time Travel Real?

Not Exactly Normal presents a fascinating look at the belief held by some that time travel not only is scientifically possible, but that there are people (like Keanu Reeves) who already are already taking advantage of the technology.

The 809 Objects Left on the Moon

The 809 Objects Left on the Moon

As of 2012, by NASA’s count there are 809 manmade objects on the Moon. You can find the full list here. Spacecraft make up the bulk of our moon litter, but Half as Interesting points out that we left a wide variety of “artifacts”, including poop.

How Copper Interacts with Magnets

How Copper Interacts with Magnets

Unlike steel, copper isn’t attracted to or repulsed by magnets. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some interaction. NightHawkInLight takes a look at some of the strange behaviors that occur between thick sheets of copper and strong neodymium magnets.

Calculating a Car Crash

Calculating a Car Crash

Mathematician Ben Sparks shares a theoretical scenario that made him drive more responsibly. A car going at 70mph brakes just in time to avoid crashing into a tree. What would its final speed be if it had been going 100mph to start?

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Why Water Up Your Nose Hurts

Why Water Up Your Nose Hurts

Ever wonder why it stings and feels so uncomfortable if you get water up your nose? SciShow explains how the warm and salty environs of your sinuses don’t care for the cool and fresh water found in most swimming pools.

The Raptor Tier List

The Raptor Tier List

TierZoo kicks off its multi-part bird ranking with raptors, or birds of prey. Like many other predators, raptors rely on speed, power, or a combination of both. But the ones who made it on this list also have rare or unique abilities. Such as arson.

How Streaming Services Ruin Movies

How Streaming Services Ruin Movies

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.

Fake Shemps and Rogue Princesses

Fake Shemps and Rogue Princesses

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.

How TVs Work in Slow-motion

How TVs Work in Slow-motion

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.

Problems with Mind Uploading

Problems with Mind Uploading

(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.

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