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How Daft Punk Brought Back Disco

How Daft Punk Brought Back Disco

Polyphonic talks about the history of disco and how Daft Punk made it cool again with their album Random Access Memories. By pairing up with disco legends and highlighting the genre’s key features, the robots made disco hit after disco hit in one release.

Africa’s City in the Sea

Africa’s City in the Sea

The B1M shares details about the construction of Eko Atlantic, a city being built on reclaimed land off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria. It required the construction of a seawall built to withstand waves and storms, and will house 250,000 residents and 150,000 commuters when complete.

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Terraforming the Sahara Desert

Terraforming the Sahara Desert

If possible, replacing the barren land of the Sahara Desert with a lush forest could theoretically result in a big win in the fight against climate change, even though it would be a monumental project. But What If stipulates that doing it could create more problems than it would solve.

The Engineering of Droplets

The Engineering of Droplets

The Engineer Guy explains how droplets form. It happens when fluid is allowed to drip such that it takes a form with the smallest surface area – a sphere. By vibrating the fluid’s container, one can control how fast droplets form. This knowledge is used in printing, painting, and even medical applications.

NASA: We Are Going

NASA: We Are Going

NASA enlisted the help of William Shatner to narrate this confident video about the space agency’s plan to go back to the Moon and establish a base of operations there by 2024. If successful, the project will serve as a launchpad for deeper space exploration.

Facts about the Human Body

Facts about the Human Body

Did you know that humans are the only animals with chins? Or that the bones in our hands and feet account for half the bones in our body? What about the fact that we glow? Learn all that and more in Mental Floss’ List Show.

How Sound Works in Rooms

How Sound Works in Rooms

Ever wonder why the sound echoes in an enclosed room? This 2013 clip from Acoustic Geometry, demonstrates some of the key principles of direct and reflected sounds using a combination of NERF disc guns, moiré patterns, and more than 1100 feet of fluorescent string.

The Science of Pain

The Science of Pain

There are few things in life that are worse than suffering from severe pain. But as this clip from TED-Ed points out, our sense of pain can act in some truly mysterious ways, sometimes even triggering solely from thinking that we’re injured.

Former CIA on Spies in Films & TV

Former CIA on Spies in Films & TV

Jonna Mendez used to be the Chief of Disguise at CIA. She sat down with Wired to look at the right and wrong ways spies behave in movies and TV shows, particularly regarding how they disguise themselves, as well as the tools they use to conceal their identities.

CD / Resolution

CD / Resolution

As part of his informative series on computer graphics and visual effects, Captain Disillusion provides a great layperson’s lesson on the fundamentals of pixels and image resolution. As the resolution war escalates, are we already at the point of diminishing returns?

Why Produce Used to Suck

Why Produce Used to Suck

These days, most of the fruits and veggies we buy at the grocery store are quite good. Sam O’Nella Academy looks back at how we got from produce that was hard to eat, lacking in edible bits, and downright weird, to produce that we discard simply for aesthetic reasons.

The World’s Fastest Elevators

The World’s Fastest Elevators

The Shanghai Tower is “only” the world’s second tallest building. But it has other bragging rights. It has the world’s fastest elevators – three of them, in fact – capable of going 40mph, enough to go from the first to the 121st floor in just 55 seconds.

Hitboxes in Video Games

Hitboxes in Video Games

(PG-13: Language) Hitboxes are invisible but defined areas that are often used in video games to detect a collision. They are mostly used in attack animations in fighting games and shooters. The Score esports shares how getting hitboxes wrong can rig or ruin a game.

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NASA AR Notebook

NASA AR Notebook

AstroReality celebrates NASA’s 60th Anniversary with an augmented reality gift set, which includes this beautiful notebook. Available with a white or gray cover, the notebook has a few pages that feature animation and enhanced content when viewed with AstroReality’s mobile app.

Ordinary Things: Treadmills

Ordinary Things: Treadmills

“In 1818, civil engineer William Cubbitt designed the first treadmill as a device to punish inmates…” Learn this and everything else you never wanted to know about treadmills, as explained by an ordinary guy in the compelling new web series Ordinary Things. Then learn about pillows, stairs, and onions too.

How to Spot a Fake

How to Spot a Fake

WIRED sat down with forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor PhD to get the inside skinny on ways that science and a skilled eye can help detect art forgeries. Abstract works like Jackson Pollock’s drips and splashes are especially challenging.

The Worst Animal Designs

The Worst Animal Designs

TierZoo takes a look at five animal abilities that are great on their own, but can become counterproductive or useless. For example, being extremely mobile means you get tired and hungry incredibly quickly. Being smart often leads to vulnerable young.

Simulating Natural Selection

Simulating Natural Selection

We wouldn’t be here on this planet if it weren’t for evolution – and a big part of the evolutionary process is natural selection. Primer presents a great 10 minute lesson on how the whole “survival of the fittest” thing works, along with a visual simulation with little blobby creatures.

You Will Never Do Anything Remarkable

You Will Never Do Anything Remarkable

(PG-13: Language) “…the cynics will be forgotten just as readily as your failures will be too.” Exurb1a names a few famous and infamous people before warning us not to be afraid of failing or being ridiculed, but of not using our limited time to its fullest.

The Logistics of the ISS

The Logistics of the ISS

Wendover Productions goes over the insane logistics of the International Space Station, particularly the process and cost of sending food. Resupplies can’t be sent to the ISS at anytime, and they are obsessive about saving weight to reduce costs.

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How Dell Revolutionized PCs

How Dell Revolutionized PCs

Business Casual shares the meteoric rise of Dell, thanks to its crafty founder Michael Dell. Even at a young age, Michael knew that targeting customers directly would lead to success. His tactic of direct selling is now followed by big and small companies alike.

How Facebook Gets Manipulated

How Facebook Gets Manipulated

“Anytime you combine 2 billion people in one location, people are gonna exploit that for money, power and influence.” After looking into how YouTube and Twitter are abused, SmarterEveryDay looks at the worst spot of manipulation online: Facebook.

Mapping Oceans with Rubber Ducks

Mapping Oceans with Rubber Ducks

In 1992, 12 containers fell off of a ship in the Pacific Ocean. Among the lost cargo – 29,000 rubber duckies. But those ducks would serve a greater purpose, helping oceanographers map currents based on where they washed ashore. Half as Interesting explains.

If You Could Clone Yourself

If You Could Clone Yourself

In theory, a clone should be an exact copy. But the reality is even if we chose to create engineered copies of humans, every little variable in their environment would make them a very different person from their genetic doppelgänger. Life Noggin explains.

Old-Timey Medical Cures

Old-Timey Medical Cures

Mental Floss lists some of the hilarious, gross, ineffective and outright counterproductive cures that were prescribed or probably made up in old times. The list includes cigarettes, cocaine, morphine, and even dead bodies.

Sailor Rations in the 18th Century

Sailor Rations in the 18th Century

“A frothing, bubbling, cooking mess.” Townsends reads passages from an 18th century British sailor’s memoir that lists some of the things that they ate, and cooks one simple item from the list. It’s burgoo – boiled ground oatmeal served with molasses. Or pork and beef fat.

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