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Physics

Raindrops on Sand Slow-Mo

Raindrops on Sand Slow-Mo

Students from the University of Minnesota captured raindrops hitting sand at various velocities using a high-speed camera. Apparently the craters left behind by the drops are similar to those made by asteroid impacts.

Is Earth Actually Flat?

Is Earth Actually Flat?

Michael Stevens explores the antiquated and crackpot theories that the Earth isn’t round, and demonstrates the science of what would happen to us if our planet were really flat. On the other hand, we still believe time is a flat circle.

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World’s Simplest Electric Train

World’s Simplest Electric Train

While some model railroads can be incredibly complicated, this one is constructed from nothing more than a copper wire, tiny magnets and a dry cell battery. We wonder how big a track you could make using this method.

Feather vs. Bowling Ball Drop

Feather vs. Bowling Ball Drop

In this fascinating clip from BBC Two series Human Universe, they demonstrate how a bowling ball and feather fall at exactly the same speed when air has been almost completely removed from a giant vacuum chamber.

Antimatter Explained

Antimatter Explained

Need the Cliffs’ Notes for the physics lesson where they explained the difference between matter and antimatter? Minute Physics does their best to sum up this perplexing science at their usual rapid-fire pace.

Hot Ice

Hot Ice

While the “hot ice” shown in this video isn’t really ice, it’s still a trippy chemical reaction created when a liquified form of sodium acetate trihydrate comes in contact with the solid form of itself, creating ice-like crystals.

Invisible Glass Trick

Invisible Glass Trick

A neat trick that makes clear objects dipped into liquid appear to have vanished. The secret – using glycerol or another clear, viscous liquid with the same refractive index as the outer glassware. Yeah, science!

Self-Untangling Wire

Self-Untangling Wire

Nitinol is an alloy made from nickel and titanium that can regain its original shape when heated. In this clip from science geek MIST8K, he shows off the material’s amazing properties. Also, we just added the word “scrumpled” to our dictionary.

Levitation

Levitation

Illusion hitmaker Brusspup shows off a magnetic device which can actually make objects hover. We’ve seen a smaller version before, but his use of large objects, and concealing the magnet makes the effect much more impressive.

Misconceptions About the Universe

Misconceptions About the Universe

To infinity and beyond! Veritasium’s Derek Muller looks at the nature of our ever-expanding universe, how space itself moves faster than the speed of light, and how the universe is dramatically larger in light years than its age.

The Simplest Motor

The Simplest Motor

Did you know you can create a 10,000 RPM motor with a battery, a drywall screw, a strand of wire and a magnet? In this video we see this scientific concept of homopolar motors at work.

What Does Sound Look Like?

What Does Sound Look Like?

NPR talks about Schlieren Flow Visualization, a photographic technique that allows us to see changes in air density, making it possible to view the presence and flow of heat, fluids and sound.

Cheating at Jenga

Cheating at Jenga

Unless you want to lose, you never want to try and remove a single block at the bottom of a stack of Jenga blocks. But this guy exploited the laws of physics to help him pluck out the bar without toppling the whole tower.

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Jack White: High Ball Stepper

Jack White: High Ball Stepper

The music video for first track from Jack White’s upcoming solo album Lazaretto – an instrumental that combines blues and intense electric riffs, set against the backdrop of non-newtonian fluids and sand vibrating to the track’s frequencies.

Light Speed x Minecraft

Light Speed x Minecraft

YouTuber spumwack uses the simple graphics and programmable physics of Minecraft to better explain some of the complicated concepts of light speed. Like any good physics video he takes time to make us feel incredibly insignificant too.

Anti-Gravity Wheel

Anti-Gravity Wheel

Derek Muller from Veritasium show off how you can easily lift a 42 pound weight at the end of a metal rod, thanks to the wonders of gyroscopic precession. If only everything we ever had to lift was spinning at 2500 RPM. More here.

When Water Flows Uphill

When Water Flows Uphill

A fascinating look at the Leidenfrost effect, in which heated water droplets move towards each other and coalesce, as well as scenarios in which water droplets can actually climb uphill, or even be self-propelled along a pre-arranged path.

Slowly-Falling Magnet

Slowly-Falling Magnet

This brief demonstration of Lenz’s law shows how the magnetic field created by currents in this large copper tube resists the magnetic field of a falling neodymium magnet, causing it to drop in what seems like slow motion.

Ant Physics

Ant Physics

Scientists have uncovered some fascinating behaviors of ant colonies. When poured through a funnel, they act as a liquid, moving around each other – but when picked up or pushed down they become a sort of solid, clinging to each other.

Gravity Visualized

Gravity Visualized

Professor Dan Burns uses a sheet of spandex, some bearings, marbles and weights to demonstrate the basic principles of gravity, and how planetary orbits were established. It’s how to play with the fabric of space, literally.

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Formula 1 Physics

Formula 1 Physics

BBC Sport explains how downforce and the aerodynamic design of Formula 1 cars not only help them tear through tracks but also make them capable of driving upside down. So… why aren’t F1 cars racing upside down yet again?

Mercury vs. Sponge

Mercury vs. Sponge

YouTube experimenter Tao Fledermaus decided to see what would happen if you submerge a sponge in mercury. The ensuing demo shows the impressive surface tension encountered when dipping a foreign object in the liquid metal.

Steadiboat

Steadiboat

One of the biggest risks boats face is capsizing from large waves. Check out this amazing technology which creates inverse waves inside the boat to keep it from rocking. The boat model on the left has the system in place.

The Gravity Gun (Live-Action)

The Gravity Gun (Live-Action)

While you can now buy your very own Half-Life 2 Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator, we much prefer the version that actually picks stuff up – even if it is just through the magic of special effects from the guys at Corridor Digital.

COSMOS (Trailer)

COSMOS (Trailer)

A reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic series, this epic 14-part documentary stars astrophysics badass Neil deGrasse Tyson – and is produced, surprisingly, by Seth MacFarlane. Coming to FOX in 2014. (Thanks, Wille from Feber!)

Superconductor Möbius Strip

Superconductor Möbius Strip

We’ve seen a hovering superconductors before, but this nifty neodymium magnet-covered track propels a floating vehicle along a looped surface, infinitely twisting upon itself, the vehicle floating both above and below the track.

Fun with Resonance

Fun with Resonance

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from experimenter Brusspup. Here, he not only shows off the nifty effect of vibrations on sand, but that he’s a musician – having created the ethereal backing track, Dark Wave.

Can Humans Feel Temperature?

Can Humans Feel Temperature?

MinutePhysics answers a question we never knew was worth asking – do you really feel the temperature of other objects when you touch them? Unless you’re a physicist, the answer might surprise you.

Ode to Garry’s Mod

Ode to Garry’s Mod

You may be familiar with the practice of strapping propellants to household objects and placing NPCs in/on them in HL2 physics sandbox Garry’s Mod. If not, this video by Brandon J. La might not make much sense. Or maybe it will.

Playing Games in Space

Playing Games in Space

Chris Hadfield may already have returned to Earth, but before he left the ISS, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage designed a zero-G game for the astronauts for their rare bit of downtime. Care for a round of Space Darts?

Crushing Concrete

Crushing Concrete

If you’ve ever wondered just how sturdy the concrete pillars made to hold up buildings are, watch this video, in which University of Illinois engineers apply over a million pounds of pressure directly to a concrete cylinder.

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