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The Chemistry of Addiction

The Chemistry of Addiction

This is your brain on drugs. And gambling. And too much Internet. The SciShow explains the biological root of addiction and how some substances and behaviors take advantage of our survival instincts.

6 Ways to Open a Bottle

6 Ways to Open a Bottle

We’ve shown you a variety of bottle openers big and small. But if you ever find yourself without one, HouseholdHacker knows 6 alternative ways of opening a bottle. The money trick is awesome.

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The Science of Morning Wood

The Science of Morning Wood

AsapSCIENCE gets down to the hard facts behind nocturnal penile tumescence aka “morning wood.” It turns out there is nothing erotic about it, just a consequence of our body’s maintenance procedure.

Kijani Grows

Kijani Grows

Eric Maundu has a unique garden. Instead of soil, his plants grow on water and feed on the waste material of fish. He also has an automated garden that he can monitor and nurture from the Internet.

The Power of Quiet

The Power of Quiet

An excerpt from Susan Cain’s talk on RSA about breaking the negative perception about introverts and how extroverted people may work best when partnered with introverts. Art by Molly Crabapple.

The Moon Illusion

The Moon Illusion

Don’t you love it when the moon is huge? Well, did you know that when the moon looks bigger, that’s it’s all an optical illusion? It’s no closer to the Earth regardless of how different it may look.

10 Incredibly Strong Insects

10 Incredibly Strong Insects

We’ve all heard how ants can lift an insane amount of weight, but did you know there’s a bug that so strong you need a drill to crack its shell? Or one that can jump up to 140 times its own height?

How to Defuse a Shaken Soda Can

How to Defuse a Shaken Soda Can

Steve Spangler shows us how to prevent a shaken soda can from spilling its contents when opened. It has to do with nucleation points, but in summary: hit the sides of the can gently and you’re good.

Wonderful Life with the Elements

Wonderful Life with the Elements

Japanese artist Bunpei Yorifuji breathes life to nature’s simplest substances in his book Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified. A great read for kids and adults alike.

Jokes, Anti-Jokes & Chicken

Jokes, Anti-Jokes & Chicken

Vsauce tackles the anti-joke about the chicken crossing the road, the science behind humor, the world’s oldest joke and more. What we want to know is what Vsauce is doing below the camera.

Acoustic Levitation

Acoustic Levitation

Argonne Labs scientist Chris Benmore demonstrates his acoustic levitator, which can make small objects or small amounts of fluids float by encasing them in a standing wave. More here.

A Combinatorial Explosion

A Combinatorial Explosion

A dedicated teacher tries to tackle an exponential problem. Educational at first, but then Japan. Those who can bear to watch it to the end will be treated to a most masterful trolling.

Amazing Mind-Blowing Facts

Amazing Mind-Blowing Facts

ASAP Science may seem to have chosen a hyperbolic title for this video, but it really is filled with interesting trivia. Well, at first. Then it starts to become quite morbid. Remember to breathe!

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Animation & Motion Graphics

Animation & Motion Graphics

The latest episode of PBS Off Book takes a look at one of the most popular and progressive visual arts: animation and motion graphics, and shares a bit about its history, variety and purpose.

Embrace the Remix

Embrace the Remix

Kirby Ferguson goes to TED to share his mantra: Everything is a Remix. We continually copy and emulate without guilt; to deny others the same opportunity is to hinder humanity’s progress.

Cat Flipping in Slow Motion

Cat Flipping in Slow Motion

Smarter Every Day explains the physics behind cats’ famous trick: landing right side up even from an upside down position. Now Destin, explain how your cat is able to make you fetch the ball.

Quick & Simple Life Hacks

Quick & Simple Life Hacks

Here are 10 very practical and useful tips from HouseholdHacker. Learn how to make your own stylus, unclog a shower head and clean various objects with readily available items. Pt. 2 here.

What Color is a Mirror?

What Color is a Mirror?

It’s all about colors and light (and bad puns) in the latest episode of Vsauce. Learn the color of mirrors – yep, it’s a trick question with many answers – how our eyes get their color and more.

The Worlds of Viral Video

The Worlds of Viral Video

PBS Off Book talks with content creators and aggregators about the history and evolution of the Web’s killer app, from home videos to advertising to serving as platforms for more serious issues.

Zen Pencils

Zen Pencils

Freelance illustrator Gavin Aung Than turns inspirational quotes into comic strips or panels. Gavin’s choice of quotes combined with his diverse art style makes each piece compelling.

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What I Have to Offer

What I Have to Offer

Excerpts from a 2011 BAFTA Screenwriter’s Lecture session of writer Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine…, Adaptation), urging us to be sincere and look for sincerity.

The Power Nap

The Power Nap

YouTuber ASAPScience shares scientific evidence that taking 20-30 min. naps when one is sleepy really does improve productivity, but snooze beyond that and the positive effects are negated.

The City of London (Pt. 1)

The City of London (Pt. 1)

CGP Grey’s best lesson yet: a look at the fascinating and strange City of London, also known as the Square Mile, a small area within London, England (the London we’re all familiar with).

The Art of Logo Design

The Art of Logo Design

The excellent PBS Off Book series takes a look at logos and interviews experts about its history, purpose, the criteria for a good logo and the stories behind some of the most famous logos.

Arthur C. Clarke Predicts Future

Arthur C. Clarke Predicts Future

Appearing on a 1964 episode of the BBC show Horizon, author, inventor and futurist Sir Arthur C. Clarke predicts the rise of the Internet and telecommuting. Watch the complete episode here.

How Pain Relievers Work

How Pain Relievers Work

Pain relievers are one of modern society’s marvels. TedEd and George Zaidan explain how popular pain relievers ibuprofen and aspirin work, with the help of animation by Augenblick Studios.

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