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Physics

Understanding Hydrostatics

Understanding Hydrostatics

Practical Engineering offers up an informative look at how water pressure and depth are strongly interconnected, why self-feeding pet bowls don’t spill everywhere, how barometers work, and how to boil water at room temperature.

Tesla Coil Electron Jet

Tesla Coil Electron Jet

A cool science demonstration which shows how the electrons swirling around the outside of a Tesla coil can turn it into an impromptu motor – in this case, causing a wire balanced on top of it to spin and shoot sparks as it goes. Originally seen in a video from ElectroBOOM.

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Stringless Yo-Yo Science

Stringless Yo-Yo Science

Yo-Yo master Ben Conde joined science channel Veritasium and Beyond Slow Motion to demonstrate his ability toss a yo-yo into the air, let it spin without its string attached, then recover it. You’ll be entertained, and learn a thing or two about physics along the way.

Self-Pouring Liquid

Self-Pouring Liquid

Science presenter Steve Mould shows off an unusual property of a substance called polyethylene oxide. This polymer’s long-chain molecular structure lets it keep flowing all on its own. We also have a pretty good idea where they get this stuff from.

Fun with Electromagnets

Fun with Electromagnets

Physics Girl and Arc Attack might sound like a superhero and her evil archnemesis, but they’re just everyday geeks who love science. Here, they show us how to rip an aluminum soda can to shreds using a powerful electromagnet, along with a couple of other fun experiments.

How Earth Moves

How Earth Moves

Vsauce’s Michael Stevens returns with a typically long-winded, yet incredibly informative video about the nature of time, the innacuracies of time zones and calendars, and the way the planet’s tilt and rotation affect time. Say, is it Local Apparent Solar Noon yet?

The Physics of the Theremin

The Physics of the Theremin

The theremin is one of the strangest musical instruments of all time. SciShow takes us inside the process that lets you play this retrofantastic electronic instrument without ever touching it. It’s all about using your body as part of a giant capacitor.

How Far Can We Go?

How Far Can We Go?

Our smarty pants friends at Kurzgesagt examines the idea of human exploration, and some of the currently known limitations of space travel, physics, and our own bodies which prevent us from traveling to an unfathomable portion of the great unknown.

The Woosh Bottle

The Woosh Bottle

CrazyRussianHacker demonstrates a cool science experiment which uses a glass water bottle coated with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to create a totally cool flame which travels down the walls of the bottle. Kids, don’t try this at home.

Landing a Falling Helicopter

Landing a Falling Helicopter

Smarter Every Day’s Destin Sandlin takes on a tweet by Neil deGrasse Tyson in which he stated that a stalled helicopter would land like a brick. Destin and pilots Brad and Gerry Friesen not only put their lives on the line to test this, but prove that nobody is right 100% of the time.

How to Survive a Grenade Blast

How to Survive a Grenade Blast

While he was hanging out at the pool with The Backyard Scientist, engineer and YouTube celeb Mark Rober conducted a scientific experiment which demonstrates whether it’s better to be underwater or on land to escape a grenade blast. The results might surprise you.

How Strong is Oobleck?

How Strong is Oobleck?

The Backyard Scientist continues his literally and figuratively sloppy experiments by “testing” oobleck (cornstarch mixed with water). Like ketchup, quicksand and silly putty, oobleck is a Non-Newtonian fluid. It flows like a liquid but behaves differently when force is applied to it.

Why Airplane Wings Are Angled

Why Airplane Wings Are Angled

It used to be that most airplane wings were straight, but it turns out the design caused instability as flight speeds increased. Real Engineering takes a look at the science behind the swept wing design which is commonplace on today’s planes. Learn more here.

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Printable Magnets

Printable Magnets

Destin of Smarter Every Day shows off a fascinating technology which allows magnetic fields to be printed into custom configurations. With this tech, engineers at Polymagnets can now “program” magnets that do exactly what they want them to do.

When Molten Salt Hits Water

When Molten Salt Hits Water

The Backyard Scientist shows off what happens when salt is melted (at ~1400ºF) and then poured into in an aquarium filled with room temperature water. The end result is a shockingly big boom that sends glass and water flying everywhere. (Thanks Paul!)

Concrete Does Not Dry Out

Concrete Does Not Dry Out

While that title might sound like hyperbole, it is the truth. If concrete truly did dry out, it could be reconstituted with water like dry pasta, and couldn’t be used to build things. MinutePhysics explains the not so subtle differences between something being “dry” and “set.”

The Endless Spring

The Endless Spring

The always charming Tim Rowett of Grand Illusions shows off a silly plaything he created that produces a very long (though not truly endless) stream of fabric-covered springs from a small container. We’d like a longer bazooka packed with 5x as many snake-springs.

Cutting Open Rubber Band Balls

Cutting Open Rubber Band Balls

What’s Inside took just a few minutes to cut open two large rubber band balls that took a number of months to make. Obviously there are only more rubber bands inside the balls, but the way they squirm, pop and crackle when opened is quite interesting.

Crushing Frozen Jello

Crushing Frozen Jello

Carsandwater takes a momentary break from his red hot nickel ball to drop an 83.5 pound weight on some lime gelatin, then repeats the “experiment” after deep-freezing some in liquid nitrogen. Why? Because YouTube.

The Atomic Trampoline

The Atomic Trampoline

Grand Illusions shows off a physics plaything that demonstrates the differences between the shock absorbency of different metals, with one side coated with a special amorphous metal which allows a bearing to bounce like mad off its surface. More here. (Thanks Paul!)

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Golf Ball vs. Wall

Golf Ball vs. Wall

If you’ve ever been clocked on the head by a golf ball, you’d be certain they’re hard as a rock. But they’re actually quite pliable. Here’s slow-mo footage of a golf ball as it hits a steel wall at 150mph. While it’s likely it was a practice ball, a regular ball still flexes quite a bit.

What is Something?

What is Something?

The always thought-provoking Kurzgesagt looks at one of life’s fundamental questions: what makes a thing a thing? In other words, when do primitive particles become things we can actually define, and why do they do what they do? AKA: Particle Physics 101.

Collapsing Magnets in Slow-Mo

Collapsing Magnets in Slow-Mo

Beyond Slow Motion picked up a stack of colorful Magination magnets, then captured how dropping a single one into the mix causes them all to pull together toward each other. By adding some water and colored powder to the mix, the effect is even more impressive.

Why Flying West Isn’t Faster

Why Flying West Isn’t Faster

The Earth is constantly spinning to the East at about 1,000 mph, so you’d think that it would take basically no time to fly from East to West. Minute Physics explains why this isn’t the case, which is basically the same reason we’re not all constantly in motion.

Slow-Mo Water Spirals

Slow-Mo Water Spirals

Gav and Dan of The Slow-Mo Guys take something as simple as a foam ball soaked in water and turn it into a yet another fascinating subject in front of their 1600 fps camera lens. The spiraling water flying off the ball it look like a spinning planet with orbiting rings.

What are Dark Matter & Dark Energy?

What are Dark Matter & Dark Energy?

Our friends at Kurzgesagt are back with another informative animation – this time about the science of the perplexing stuff inside and around the stuff we know about, which we don’t have any good way of examining or measuring.

Lexus Hoverboard

Lexus Hoverboard

After teasing us, Lexus has revealed their working hoverboard. It uses the superconductor tech we featured a few years back, and a custom-built magnetic hoverboard park, so it won’t be in stores anytime soon. Still, it’s pretty awesome.

Mini Black Hole

Mini Black Hole

“What would happen if a black hole the size of a coin suddenly appeared near you? Short answer: You’d die. Long answer: It depends.” Kurzgesagt asks this imponderable and leaves us with the sense that you wouldn’t want to be nearby.

GTA IV Frictionless Cars 2

GTA IV Frictionless Cars 2

The great thing about PC games is all the fun hacks that can be applied to them. Here, we yet again learn what happens when you dial the friction down to -9 on all of the car tires in GTA IV. Like all things, it’s better with Yakety Sax.

The Floating Screwdriver

The Floating Screwdriver

Thanks to the wonders of physics, this guy is able to make a screwdriver float in mid-air with the help of compressed air, and a little phenomenon known as the Coandă effect, which allows an object to remain aloft in a diagonal stream of air.

Spinning a Top in a Vacuum

Spinning a Top in a Vacuum

This brief, but eye-opening science experiment illustrates the way that even stagnant air creates resistance against objects. It’s incredible how much longer the top spins when the air is removed from its chamber. (Thanks Vers!)

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