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The Deadliest Being on Earth

The Deadliest Being on Earth

“There are more phages on Earth than every other organism combined.” Kurzgesagt takes a few minutes to educate us on the finer points of the bacteriophage, a type of virus which is constantly killing off billions of microscopic organisms all around and inside of us.

All the Sounds in the Universe

All the Sounds in the Universe

Ever wonder what the quietest and loudest sounds in the universe might be? With the help of their imaginary robot Noisy, and Microsoft’s anechoic chamber, Bright Side digs into this question, and some of the science behind the way sounds travel and how our hearing works.

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History of the Motherboard

History of the Motherboard

Computers and other gadgets cram a ton of componentry onto ever more compact circuit boards. But not that long ago, electronic circuits were anything but efficiently packed onto a small green motherboard. Techquickie looks at how we got from there to here.

Why Can’t Planes Fly Backwards?

Why Can’t Planes Fly Backwards?

While jet engines do have the ability to reverse their thrust to slow down, or even taxi backwards, it’s not possible for an airplane to do the same in the sky. Bright Side provides a layperson’s explanation of the physics and safety issues that prevent this from happening.

Engineering with Origami

Engineering with Origami

While you might think that origami was exclusively an art form, engineers are taking inspiration from the paper-folding craft to create innovative designs that can shape-shift to fit objects to into smaller spaces, and enable compact mechanisms, while decreasing the number of parts used. Veritasium explains.

How Scary Sounds Work

How Scary Sounds Work

In a just barely Halloween-themed episode, musical expert 12tone walks us through the complexities of distortion, and what it is about such sounds that make them more creepy and off-putting than others – sort of like the way he draws from right to left across the page.

The First Video Game

The First Video Game

Ahoy presents an incredibly in-depth analysis of the origins of video games, swiftly debunking any confusion that Pong was the first video game ever, and looking back at early titles like Computer Space, SpaceWar!, Tennis for Two, and their programmers. Turns out hunting down the very first video game isn’t that simple.

If You Jumped Into Stomach Acid

If You Jumped Into Stomach Acid

The What If channel likes to imagine some pretty gory hypotheticals, but this one takes the cake so far, as they envision what might happen to our bodies if we were to jump into a swimming pool filled with stomach acid. TL;DW: just get out of there and hose off quick.

Why Animals Swarm

Why Animals Swarm

Have you ever wondered why insects, birds, fish, and bats gather together into huge and coordinated groups? TED-Ed’s Maria R. D’Orsogna explores the fascinating science behind this behavior, which drives many species as a method of survival and group productivity.

True Facts: The Ogre-Faced Spider

True Facts: The Ogre-Faced Spider

Nature show host Zefrank1 is here to educate us on the Deinopis, also known as the “ogre-faced” spider. This creepy crawler has big beady eyes that see better than your best camera lens, and creates a stretchy net she holds between her legs to ensnare and cocoon her prey.

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Ordinary Things: The Moon

Ordinary Things: The Moon

The Ordinary Guy provides an amusing and informative lesson on where the Moon came from, its roles in society, pop culture, politics, and more. From philosophers, to scientists, to religions, to governments, to conspiracy theorists, the Moon has fascinated humans for as long as they could look up into the sky.

4 Ominous Notes

4 Ominous Notes

There’s a four-note melody which has found its way into numerous films, often at a moment when a character dies, or is in grave peril. Vox explores the origins of this ominous music, known as Dies Irae, which dates back to the 13th century.

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The Truth About Vinyl Records

The Truth About Vinyl Records

Real Engineering explains the history of vinyl records, how they are made and how they work. In doing so, we learn that they are in no scientifically-demonstrable way superior to digital music. That said, the tangible and simple nature of vinyl still holds an appeal.

Why Exercise Is Hard

Why Exercise Is Hard

Exercise is important to our health and long-term survival. So why is it that our genetic programming doesn’t make it something that we instinctively crave? MinuteEarth explores how evolution may have affected our feelings about working out and being active.

How Dr. Martens Are Made

How Dr. Martens Are Made

Insider visited Dr. Martens’ only shoe factory in the UK to give us a peek at how the company makes its famously tough-as-nails shoes and boots. The factory employs 50 people, who make about 100,000 pairs every year.

Designing the Perfect Runway

Designing the Perfect Runway

While most airports have designed their runways to take advantage of wind patterns, some have less than optimal layouts for efficiency and safety. Real Engineering takes out a clean sheet of paper to explain what he thinks the ideal runway setup might look like.

If Pangea Never Broke Apart

If Pangea Never Broke Apart

For those of you who were sleeping in class that day, before the earth broke into continents, about 1/3rd of our planet was covered with a landmass known as Pangea. What If attempts to deduce what life might be like if we could still drive from Chicago to Paris, and assuming that we actually evolved to become what we are.

T-Rex’s Tiny Arms

T-Rex’s Tiny Arms

It’s easy to make fun of T-Rex’s comically short arms, but clearly there must have been some reason this killer dino was saddled with such awkward appendages. MinuteEarth explores this seemingly odd trait, and some possible evolutionary explanations.

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Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Whether you love the flat-plane V8 grunt of a Shelby GT350, the snaps and crackles of a Jaguar F-Type, the whirr of a Porsche 911, or the brapp of a Mazda RX-7, every car makes a different sound. But as Donut Media explains, it’s way more than the pipes and mufflers that make a car’s exhaust note sound the way it does.

Why LEGO Bricks Hurt

Why LEGO Bricks Hurt

If you’ve ever found your bare feet on the wrong side of a LEGO brick, you know how painful the feeling can be. Today I Found Out explores one of life’s many imponderables, and explores how something so small and innocuous can be so distressing.

What Not to Do in Japan

What Not to Do in Japan

(PG-13: Language) British expat Chris Broad has been living in Japan for a while now, and has some pointers for things you never should do while in the country. It’s a humorous, but very useful look at Japanese manners and decorum. TL;DW: Don’t play with your chopsticks.

One Building, 285,000 Businesses

One Building, 285,000 Businesses

You’d think it would be impossible to fit over 285,000 businesses into a single building, but you’d be wrong. In order to reduce their tax burden, tons of US companies are incorporated in Delaware. Half as Interesting explains this giant tax loophole and how so many businesses share the same address.

Journey to the Microcosmos

Journey to the Microcosmos

This new channel is a collaboration by SciShow host Hank Green, musician Andrew Huang, and microorganism enthusiast James Weiss. It delves deep into the world of the trillions of microscopic organisms that surround us. We recommend starting off with Meet the Microcosmos for a primer to this fascinating universe.

The Dinosaur Tier List

The Dinosaur Tier List

Given the tremendous diversity of their shapes, sizes, and abilities, it’s no wonder that TierZoo’s in-depth evaluation of dinosaurs clocks in at over 15 minutes. While you’d think that T. Rex was the absolute king of the heap, you’d be wrong.

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