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.
BBC Earth Unplugged turns its macro lens on the house fly to show just how good they are at detecting impending doom, with their omnidirectional vision and fast reaction time. It’s fascinating footage, but we’re pretty sure they could have hit the fly if they tried harder.
We’ve seen lots of awesome yo-yo tricks over the years, but videographer Darren Dyk gives us a newfound appreciation for the artistry and talent that goes into these tricks by capturing master yo-yo throwers JT Nickel and Paul Dang with his Phantom slow motion camera.
Dan of The Slow Mo Guys acceded to fan suggestions (and the lure of YouTube fame and fortune) and triggered a mouse trap with his tongue in front of their Phantom camera. While the human tongue is indeed strong, it’s definitely not numb. Man that was nasty.
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Los Angeles Lakers. Nah, MythBusters tested if a tank car can implode because of a vacuum. After two failed attempts, they succeeded by using a damaged and old car. The funny part? They could’ve confirmed the myth with a YouTube search.
The Slow Mo Guys loaded up a drill bit with several colors of wet paint, then captured the ensuing spatter with their high-speed camera at up to 2500fps. The spiraling paint drops are cool, and they could probably sell the artwork they created at a fancy gallery now.
The infamous Steve-O dropped by The Slow Mo Guys’ headquarters for one of their best episodes yet. The idea was that he’d set his hand on fire, do a backflip and spit flammable oil to pop a hanging balloon, which would then unload water on him. The stunt starts at 2:11.
“He lost his son, so he adopted the streets.” YouTuber DefendTheHouse made a basketball trick shot video in Fallout 4 with the help of the game’s drug Jet, which slows down everything else but the player. Bonus points for the ballin’ backing track, Whispering Through by Asura.
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.
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.
It pained us to watch the wanton destruction of expensive hardware, but FullMag’s epic slow-motion footage of the cannon firing at this pricey iMac made us feel better – just a little. Though next time, send us the new computer, and we’ll send you an old one to blow up.