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Animating with Adam Savage

Animating with Adam Savage

Adam Savage and Tested invited illustrator Marty Cooper – the man behind Aug(De)Mented Reality – to ask him how he makes his viral doodles and stop-motion short films. Then they make one clip, which you can see at 6:45.

Why You Are Still Alive

Why You Are Still Alive

Our world is loaded with bacteria, viruses and other organisms. Fortunately, for most of us, our immune systems fend off these nasties. KurzGesagt boils down the complexities of our bodies’ self-defense system for us non-scientists.

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Blue World: Sponges

Blue World: Sponges

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World talks about sponges. At 5:40 Jonathan uses a nontoxic dye to show how sponges suck and expel water. So when a kaiju sponge starts feeding us with dye just to watch us poop rainbows, blame this guy.

Paper into Pixels

Paper into Pixels

Delve talks about mathematician Claude Shannon. In 1948, Shannon figured out that information can be expressed and transmitted using binary digits, paving the way for the digital revolution we enjoy today.

Why Super Mario Bros. is Awesome

Why Super Mario Bros. is Awesome

If you loved Egoraptor’s breakdown of the ingenuity found in the first level of Mega Man X, check out Extra Credits’ similar study on Super Mario Bros. It’s just one of the many proofs of Shigeru Miyamoto’s genius. More here.

F That’s Delicious Ep. 2

F That’s Delicious Ep. 2

(NSFW: Language) “Man, wood, flesh. That’s it. America.” Rapper, chef, gourmand and all around lover of life Action Bronson drops by some of his favorite restaurants in the U.S. and makes some guacamole and rib eye steak.

Should You Hover or Cover?

Should You Hover or Cover?

When forced to use a dirty toilet, do you cover the toilet seat with tissue? Or do you just try your best not to make contact with the seat? AsapScience says it doesn’t matter which tactic you choose. So just hold it in til you get home.

How the Betamax Lost

How the Betamax Lost

Long before the war between digital and physical media, Sony and JVC fought the videotape format war – Betamax vs. VHS. As part of his miniseries about tech failures, Bill Hammack sums up how Sony and its superior tech lost.

What if the Earth Stopped Spinning?

What if the Earth Stopped Spinning?

Vsauce explains the catastrophes that would occur if our planet suddenly stopped rotating. Then it points out that changes in the Earth’s rotation causes our measurement of time to be defective and in need of constant adjustment.

Gendered Marketing

Gendered Marketing

(NSFW: Language) The Checkout gives a funny and informative primer on gendered marketing. If all this pink and blue dichotomy sounds obvious to you, that only emphasizes how gullible we are because sadly, it works.

LWT: FIFA & the World Cup

LWT: FIFA & the World Cup

In its latest episode, Last Week Tonight reminded us that the beautiful game is governed by a “comically grotesque” organization. If you think EA sucks, wait ’til you hear about FIFA – the 2 Girls, 1 Cup of non-profits.

You’re Getting Old!

You’re Getting Old!

Depending on your age, You’re Getting Old! will either make you feel better or sad. Or just weird. The website puts your age into perspective in a number of ways, from historical events to the number of heartbeats you’ve had.

XKCD: Comics that Ask What If?

XKCD: Comics that Ask What If?

Physicist and xkcd creator Randall Munroe spoke at TED about his What If? series. His humorous Q&A articles are one of the reasons why he loves math, even if the accompanying mental adventures have led him to get rickrolled.

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Old Slang We Should Bring Back

Old Slang We Should Bring Back

Mental Floss offers up numerous quirky and downright strange words and sayings from days gone by. Quick… Use “Pang-Wangle, “A Butter and Egg Man,” “Sauce Box” and “Give Someone the Wind” in a sentence.

Misconceptions About the Universe

Misconceptions About the Universe

To infinity and beyond! Veritasium’s Derek Muller looks at the nature of our ever-expanding universe, how space itself moves faster than the speed of light, and how the universe is dramatically larger in light years than its age.

The Fire Lab

The Fire Lab

Wildfires in the United States cost an estimated $3 billion in damages and 4 million acres of wildlife lost yearly. That’s why the Missoula Fire Lab is hard at work trying to understand how wildfires start and spread. More on The Atlantic.

The Blind Woman Who Saw Rain

The Blind Woman Who Saw Rain

After suffering a stroke, Milena Channing was left blind. But then she started seeing raindrops, steam and other things in motion. Her rare condition is unfortunate proof that our vision is compartmentalized. More at NPR.

Edgar Wright’s Visual Comedy

Edgar Wright’s Visual Comedy

(PG-13: Language) Tony Zhou is back with another great breakdown of a filmmaker’s style and technique. This time he looks at Edgar Wright’s (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) creative efficiency in delivering humor.

The Deepest Hole in the World

The Deepest Hole in the World

Russia’s Kola Superdeep Borehole took 24 years to drill, yet only goes a fraction of the way into our planet. SciShow explains what it took to drill 7.5 miles down, and why we may never know exactly what’s at Earth’s core.

Action Bronson: F That’s Delicious

Action Bronson: F That’s Delicious

(NSFW: Language) In the first episode of Action Bronson’s Munchies series, the chef-turned-rapper talks about his experiences from his recent international tour and enjoys a milkshake from his neighborhood ice cream shop.

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The Toxic Price of Leather

The Toxic Price of Leather

Kanpur, India is known for its leather industry, but it has come at the expense of its citizens and environment. Some tanning plants dump large amounts of chemicals into their surroundings, causing pollution, sickness and fatalities.

Spurious Correlations

Spurious Correlations

Automatically generated charts of quantities with similar trends. Spurious Correlations is a humorous reminder for us to be mindful of false causes and to value research. Numbers don’t lie, but they don’t always talk either.

The Net Neutrality Debate

The Net Neutrality Debate

Hank Green presents the arguments for and against the principle of Net neutrality. It’s a very biased summary, but it should be. Folks, this is as dangerous as SOPA, and we’re already losing. You can help fight for Net neutrality.

Hip Hop Vocabulary Chart

Hip Hop Vocabulary Chart

Data scientist Matt Daniels looked at the variety of words in the first 35,000 lyrics of various hip hop artists and then ranked them in an infographic chart. The winner? Aesop Rock. And DMX needs a dictionary.

What Does Sound Look Like?

What Does Sound Look Like?

NPR talks about Schlieren Flow Visualization, a photographic technique that allows us to see changes in air density, making it possible to view the presence and flow of heat, fluids and sound.

The Luckiest Unlucky Man

The Luckiest Unlucky Man

Frane Selak is world famous for his uncanny luck in fatally unlucky situations. Over a 40-year period, he survived numerous deadly accidents, from his own car bursting into flames to falling out of a plane. So far, luck is still on his side.

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