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Video: The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a monarch butterfly

Here’s the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. From the wild green creepy critter crawler caterpillar to the unassuming cocoon to the beautifully complex and intricate butterfly itself. We get to see the entire process and it’s like a magic trick, enter one way and exit completely different. Nature is always the best… » 8/28/15 4:50pm Friday 4:50pm

A substance so sensitive it immediately explodes on the lightest touch

Boom! Even if a feather dropped on or a mosquito landed on or like a heavy piece of dust managed to get on top of nitrogen triiodide, an immediate dark purple explosion happens. It’s because nitrogen triiodide is so unstable that it detonates when it’s disturbed, even slightly. Here’s it firing off in slow motion. » 8/28/15 4:22pm Friday 4:22pm

Video: Bending light and blowing glass is visually electric

The craft of making neon lights is always so fun for me to see. The way the glass curves and the way the light fills up the tube is like seeing magic light up. Even better is to see the entire process of a neon sign get made, Stray Matter shows Andrew Hibbs at work and it’s pretty awesome to see the flames and… » 8/27/15 4:47pm Thursday 4:47pm

Video: This dancing drone is a beautiful painter of light

To show off the world’s most precise drone system, PRENAV made this video demonstrating how exact their drones can be. The drone basically plots points in the air and then becomes a dancing array of light that’s oh so fun to watch. The PRENAV system supposedly lets drones write letters and draw shapes in the sky too… » 8/26/15 5:36pm Wednesday 5:36pm

What it's like for a parent to raise a superhero kid

We know the origin story for most of all our superheroes: parents die, a kid gets bit by a spider, other people get sent to Earth, some are just rich ass sociopaths. And we’ve seen superheroes before they get their powers when they’re Just Like Us but what we rarely see is what life is like through the perspective of… » 8/25/15 5:37pm Tuesday 5:37pm

Hydrophobic sand turns to goo in water and magically turns back to sand when dry

Hydrophobic sand aka magic fairy dust isn’t something new. But seeing the effects of in action is always impressive. Just watch it go from sand into this metallic goo once it sinks into a cup of water. And even cooler, watch it transform back from goo into grains of sand once it exits the water. » 8/21/15 6:49pm 8/21/15 6:49pm

A bomb of matchstick heads exploding in slow motion is like fire rain

What happens when you light 6,000 matchstick heads (that is only the tip of the match)? Basically a huge fire bomb explosion that looks like it’s raining fire. The match heads all ignite and burst a super tall flame in the air and then the match heads start flying everywhere and when it falls to the ground, it looks… » 8/21/15 4:43pm 8/21/15 4:43pm

Mad Max: Fury Road perfectly recreated with go karts is so much bad ass fun

Knowing the humble production roots of the original Mad Max, I could totally imagine this version of Mad Max: Fury Road with just go karts being made. The car chase and the action effects in the go kart version are not as blockbuster big as the one that hit the theaters and made our eyeballs jump out for joy but… » 8/18/15 6:21pm 8/18/15 6:21pm

The crazy simulator where pilots learn how to fly the F-35

How do pilots learn how to fly a fighter jet that cost a trillion dollars to develop (or a $100 million a pop to make)? By hopping in a total bad ass simulator that mimics everything about the F-35 in basically the sickest video game ever. The pilots in the simulator look like they’re flying some space age ship, with… » 8/17/15 5:25pm 8/17/15 5:25pm

Watching this knife get sharpened sent satisfying tingles up my spine

It’s unfair. Something so simple and basic should not be able to leave a lasting impact on me like this. The act of sharpening a knife, though absolutely a skill, is a chore of maintenance, not something that can be this satisfying to watch. But just take in this video below, hear the knife on the whetstone, see the… » 8/17/15 11:39am 8/17/15 11:39am

Seeing a gun fire at 73,000 FPS is absolutely definitely the most incredible thing

Wow. Ten thousand wows couldn’t even begin to explain how much amazement and pure jaw dropping wonder that I’m feeling after seeing a gun fire off a shot at 73,000 frames per second. We’ve seen bullets and other guns get shot in slow motion before but not anything like this, the visible force and pressure and… » 8/17/15 9:19am 8/17/15 9:19am

Incredible drone footage of a flowing lava river

It looks like a giant fire scaled dragon snaking its body across the scorched Earth. Or like the fire brick road that leads you into Mordor. Any way my imagination tries to spin it, the reality is that it looks awesome. And the reality is that it’s drone footage from Iceland of flowing lava from a volcano that… » 8/14/15 2:27pm 8/14/15 2:27pm

Cool time-lapse of a US aircraft carrier crossing the new Suez Canal for the first time

Watch the USS Theodore Roosevelt navigate through the new Suez Canal with all of its fighter jets on deck. It’s super cool because the aircraft carrier is so big and the water of the canal is so calm that it feels like the Earth is moving around the land formation that is the USS Theodore Roosevelt. » 8/13/15 1:32pm 8/13/15 1:32pm

Watching flowers bloom is like seeing plants come alive and dance

After watching this wonderful time lapse of flowers blooming, I would forgive you if it made you think that flowers have their own personalities and feelings and lovable qualities. I believe it too! Look at that guy above preen and dance a little before opening up. It’s like a character from a Pixar movie only in real… » 8/12/15 5:36pm 8/12/15 5:36pm