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Physics

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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.

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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.

The Prince Rupert’s Drop

The Prince Rupert’s Drop

Smarter Every Day talks about the Prince Rupert’s Drop. Made of molten glass that’s been dripped into cold water, its thick end is very durable, but the slightest of cracks on its tail end causes it to explode.

Water & Sound Illusion 2

Water & Sound Illusion 2

YouTuber Brusspup returns to his experiment with water and sound, but this time he set it up so the hose was in contact with the speaker. It’s a shame we can’t see this with our own eyes.

Supersonic Ping Pong Ball

Supersonic Ping Pong Ball

Purdue University MET built a gun that shoots ping pong balls at supersonic speeds, enough to punch a hole through a paddle. Skip to 5:47 to see it in action. Watch it go through soda cans here.

Anti-gravity Ping Pong Balls

Anti-gravity Ping Pong Balls

A group of 30 teachers take one of those anti-gravity flights, tossing 2000 ping pong balls into the air just when the modified 727 goes weightless. Where’s ping pong baby when you need him?

Common Physics Misconceptions

Common Physics Misconceptions

This highly educational episode of Minute Physics reveals some of the “wrong” – i.e. simplified – facts that were taught to us in school about gravity, velocity, distance and light.

Quantum Levitation 2

Quantum Levitation 2

We’ve already been mesmerized by the scientific sorcery that is quantum levitation, but the part where Dr. Boaz Almog floats the disc upside-down on the rail really messed with our heads.

Levitating Barbecue

Levitating Barbecue

The science video blog Veritasium drops some knowledge on another form of levitation that is the result of Faraday’s principle of electromagnetic induction. Check out that whoaahh face.

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Dry Ice Planets

Dry Ice Planets

By filling soap bubbles with dry ice vapors and photographing the movement of the swirling gasses inside, Shanks FX creates the illusion of tiny alien climates – until the planets exploded, that is.

Human-Powered Helicopter

Human-Powered Helicopter

Engineers at the University of Maryland are working on a massive, lightweight copter which can lift 10 feet off the ground, entirely on the power of a single pilot – with eyes on the elusive Sikorsky prize.

Synchronizing Metronomes

Synchronizing Metronomes

An incredible demonstration of the laws of physics, as 32 randomly started metronomes reach perfect sync, thanks to the soft board underneath them distributing their energy evenly. (Thanks Jamie!)

Liquid Nitrogen Ping Pong

Liquid Nitrogen Ping Pong

What do you get when you combine a soda bottle, liquid nitrogen, a garbage can and 1500 ping pong balls? Well, it’s sort of like the 4th of July, indoors. Jump to 3:00 if you want to skip the science.

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.

Light Bulb Newtons Cradle

Light Bulb Newtons Cradle

While the Newton’s Cradle is known for its nearly perpetual motion and clacky metal balls, we rather like this version, created by Yasutoki Kariya using light bulbs in place of steel orbs.

Water & Sound Illusion

Water & Sound Illusion

By dripping water in front of a speaker, brusspup creates the illusion that the water has frozen in mid-air. And by changing the frequency, he can make it look like the water is flowing backwards.

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R/C Helicopter Physics

R/C Helicopter Physics

This video kicks off Smarter Every Day’s series of lessons about the helicopter physics, but it quickly turns into a lesson in R/C flying skills which seemingly defy physics and reason.

Quantum Wipeout

Quantum Wipeout

While we dream about the future of racing, the Japan Institute of Science and Technology build sweet tracks for Wipeout model vehicles and race them using quantum levitation.

The Hairy Ball Theorem

The Hairy Ball Theorem

Today’s Minute Physics lesson teaches us something we never really needed to know – no matter how hard you try, you can’t comb a hairy ball. Is this what we’re teaching kids in school these days?

Quantum Levitation

Quantum Levitation

Tel-Aviv U. demos the perplexing properties of quantum superconductors which will leave non-science types scratching their heads, and us wanting hoverboards made from this stuff.

Physics for Dogs

Physics for Dogs

Help Fido learn some new tricks by teaching him the math and physics behind chasing mailmen, squirrels, counter-surfing, playing fetch and even “strategic” pooping, whatever that means.

Anti-Gravity Machine

Anti-Gravity Machine

Ok, it’s not really an anti-gravity machine, but dropping a stack of neodymium magnets into a piece of copper tubing causes them to float through as if they were in zero-G. Damned physics.

My Little Pony Physics

My Little Pony Physics

If any of you bronies out there ever wondered if the physics in My Little Pony were possible, all your questions are finally answered by MLP geek Beatledude64. Grab the full Powerpoint deck here.

Pendulum Waves

Pendulum Waves

By simply arranging a series of different-length pendulums on a metal rack, and letting them loose at the same time, we get an incredibly mesmerizing show that seems to go on for days.

Inductance

Inductance

By taking a gigantic electromagnet and a bunch of pit balls loaded with their own electromagnets, Physalia Studio manages to create the greatest plaything ever. Or it could just be CGI. Still cool.

Toribash

Toribash

Despite the overly simplified ragdoll style of Toribash, it’s an incredibly deep fighting game, which lets you create your own insane martial arts moves on PC, Mac or Linux. Best part, it’s free.

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