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Tricks for Small Film Crews

Tricks for Small Film Crews

Vimeo Video School shares three tricks that can help even two amateur auteurs with simple equipment do the job of several actors and cameramen. They assume that you already have decent editing skills though.

The Prince Rupert’s Drop

The Prince Rupert’s Drop

Smarter Every Day talks about the Prince Rupert’s Drop. Made of molten glass that’s been dripped into cold water, its thick end is very durable, but the slightest of cracks on its tail end causes it to explode.

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Don’t Use the Snooze Button

Don’t Use the Snooze Button

Many of us think of the snooze button as an ally, an insider against the relentless enemy that is the alarm. But ASAP Science suggests that sleeping again right after we wake up can do more harm than good.

35 Facts About Mr. Rogers

35 Facts About Mr. Rogers

Heartwarming anecdotes about Fred Rogers, a man who was a saint both on and off the air. Seriously. He wanted to keep his weight at 143lbs. because, you know, those numbers stand for I love you.

What Do Blind People See?

What Do Blind People See?

Blind film critic Tommy Edison tries to answer a question that he gets more often than any other, as sighted people seem to have difficulty grasping the idea that you could see nothing.

The Rise of Web Comics

The Rise of Web Comics

PBS Off Book takes a look at just a few of the thousands of great web comics. A few notable authors talk about how they make comics and the advantages of publishing their work online.

50 Common Misconceptions

50 Common Misconceptions

Humans have more than five senses, shaving does not make hair grow back thicker and Ron Burgundy never said “Well, that escalated quickly.” These and more shockers in Mental Floss’ debunkathon.

How Big is the Universe?

How Big is the Universe?

Minute Physics tackles a head-scratching topic. As expected, we don’t get a straight answer, but it’s quite interesting nonetheless. For instance, it turns out Ptolemy’s assumption was right. Kind of.

True Facts About the Dung Beetle

True Facts About the Dung Beetle

You might want to wait to eat your lunch until later after watching ZeFrank’s latest educational clip about these nasty critters that roll around giant balls of poo. Naked. With their mouths.

Why Do We Wear Clothes?

Why Do We Wear Clothes?

Vsauce talks about the emotional, psychological and biological reasons as to why humans are the only animals who wear clothes. Or, put another way, why we don’t want to be seen naked.

The Manhattan Project

The Manhattan Project

A concise explanation of the history, technology and the consequences of the Manhattan Project, which led to one of humanity’s worst accomplishments but was also a spark of fruitful innovation.

How Ink is Made

How Ink is Made

The Printing Ink Company shows some of the materials, processes and machines involved in making their inks. It’s strange how clean their workplace is; a stark contrast to the DayGlo factory.

The Flavorists

The Flavorists

60 Minutes’ Morley Safer takes a fascinating look inside the art, science and business of the flavorings found in virtually every processed food we eat. How about some delicious strawberry beaver’s backside?

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There’s a Term for That?!

There’s a Term for That?!

Did you know that the protective sleeve on coffee cups is called a zarf? Learn more names for everyday things with the help of BuzzFeed. The track is Stay Gold by Brandon Rowan.

Behind the Signs

Behind the Signs

A look behind the scenes at New York City’s Department of Transportation’s sign shop, a small team of 22 men and women who make every single street sign for all five of NYC’s boroughs.

To This Day

To This Day

A collaborative animation of Shane Koyczan’s emotionally heartwrenching poem about the lasting impact of bullying and rising up against its negative consequences. Learn more about the project here.

Is Your Red the Same as my Red?

Is Your Red the Same as my Red?

Vsauce explores one of those questions that we’re sure you’ve all asked yourself at some point. How can we be sure the colors, feelings and other perceptions are the same as other people’s?

The Science of Love

The Science of Love

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Asapscience shares some of the things that scientists know about love, such as the fact that the emotion affects the brain in the same way that cocaine does.

Supersonic Ping Pong Ball

Supersonic Ping Pong Ball

Purdue University MET built a gun that shoots ping pong balls at supersonic speeds, enough to punch a hole through a paddle. Skip to 5:47 to see it in action. Watch it go through soda cans here.

Fast and Slow Thinking

Fast and Slow Thinking

AsapScience lays out the gist of the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Dr. Daniel Kahneman. In the book, Dr. Kahneman proposes that we use two modes of thinking: one instinctive and the other rational.

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Vinyl vs. MP3 vs. Live Music

Vinyl vs. MP3 vs. Live Music

Do you believe that there’s a best way of listening to music? PBS’ Idea Channel doesn’t think so. But instead of comparing the tech behind music media, PBS uses a psychological and philosophical analysis.

Astronaut Q&A from Space

Astronaut Q&A from Space

On 1/30/13, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield engaged in a live interview with elementary school students, teaching us about living, eating, bathing, and marshmallows in space.

The (D)evolution of Homer

The (D)evolution of Homer

In his culture show Folding Ideas, Dan Olson looks at how the folks behind The Simpsons have tweaked the character of Homer to respond to how pop culture missed the point of their satire.

True Facts About the Tarsier

True Facts About the Tarsier

(NSFW: Language) ZeFrank returns with his latest educational video, about this odd little carnivorous primate with eyeballs bigger than its brain. To us, it looks like one of George Lucas’ digital creatures.

Most Dangerous Places on Earth

Most Dangerous Places on Earth

In his latest uplifting video, Vsauce lists some of the most lethal spots on our planet. Some have hostile environments, some have lethal organisms while some simply have, well, good old humans.

The Tailless Whip Scorpion

The Tailless Whip Scorpion

On his trip to the Amazon, Smarter Every Day encountered a tailless whip scorpion, a harmless arachnid. Sure, it’s not venomous, but its fearsome appearance could still cause a heart attack.

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