The mind-boggling manufacturing process of electronic phone switchers

The Hello Machine is a fascinating short film directed in 1974 by Carroll Ballard. It shows the mind-boggling process of making AT&T's Electronic Switch System mainframe by hand, a formidable machine was built after 20 years of research and spending 500 million dollars—2,4 billion in 2014 dollars! » 1/15/15 7:34am 1/15/15 7:34am

Archeologists discover mythical Tomb of Osiris in Egypt

Archeologists have discovered an ancient tomb modeled after the mythical Tomb of Osiris as described by Egyptian lore in the necropolis of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, on the West Bank at Thebes. The complex includes a shaft that connects to multiple chambers, including one with demons holding knives. » 1/02/15 4:17pm 1/02/15 4:17pm

The hard but charming daily lives of people who work in Antarctica

It's hard to imagine the size and hostility of Antarctica from the comfort of our warm homes. Its overwhelming vastness feels like an alien world right here on Earth. Yet, this Wes Andersonian documentary makes it look fun to live there. These are the daily adventures of the people who work at Union Glacier, in West… » 12/08/14 5:36pm 12/08/14 5:36pm

This is probably the most disgusting yet most satisfying surgery ever

Acute subdural hematoma is the technical name of one of the deadliest of all head injuries. This video shows how you get rid of it, which involves opening the brain and removing the clogged blood. It's really gross, but incredibly fascinating too. Warning: STRONG IMAGES. » 11/12/14 3:35am 11/12/14 3:35am

What the top 100 female porn stars look like in one fascinating chart

Data Looks Dope's Max Einstein sent us his new creation: What the top 100 porn stars look like. At the top you can you can see the breast cup size. At the bottom there's the top 100 actresses as ranked in Xvideos.com along with body measuring information according Internet Adult Film Database. » 10/13/14 7:52pm 10/13/14 7:52pm

You must watch this fantastic explanation of how computers draw curves

All my life using Adobe Illustrator and it's only now when I learn how it draws vector curves—technically called Bézier curves. If you are an illustrator, you will love this. If you are not, it's fascinating anyway. In fact, it is one of the most interesting videos I've seen this year. » 10/03/14 1:40am 10/03/14 1:40am

This is exactly how big the supermoon is going to be tomorrow

Everyone's talking about tomorrow's supermoon—how big, bright, and beautiful it will be. It's always the same. But how big is it going to be, exactly? This image shows how much the moon size varies in the sky from its perigee (it's closest point to Earth) to its apogee (the furthest point from Earth.) » 9/08/14 9:25am 9/08/14 9:25am

Eight of the world's prettiest women merged into one (perfect?) being

Sploid reader Marius Vibe merged eight of the most beautiful women in the world into a single person. The final result is intriguing, but the best part is the process itself—and the intermediate morphs. Who is more beautiful—the originals, the intermediate mixes, or the merging of them all? » 8/28/14 3:19pm 8/28/14 3:19pm

Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson morphed into one person

Maybe one day—when we get an X-Men vs Avengers movie crossover—we will see Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) morphing into the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Until then we will have this fan morph, which looks surprisingly beautiful. » 8/26/14 10:31am 8/26/14 10:31am

Space station cosmonauts find life in the vacuum of space

The Russian press agency ITAR-TASS is reporting something so surprising that I'm having a hard time believing it: Cosmonauts have found microorganisms on the exterior of the International Space Station. Russian scientists are shocked by this discovery and can't really explain how it is possible. » 8/21/14 10:47am 8/21/14 10:47am

Why is the speed of darkness faster than the speed of light?

Michael Stevens explains why darkness moves faster than light in this new episode of Vsauce. I usually find these explainers interesting because they delve not only into multiple science disciplines but often they touch philosophical questions too. This one really blew my mind. » 7/29/14 6:10pm 7/29/14 6:10pm

Rare photos reveal fascinating views of the Apollo 11 moon landing

You're looking at Buzz Aldrin lifting his boot before taking the photo of the most iconic footprint in history. It's one of the many discarded Apollo images stored in NASA's archives. Here's a collection of those rare, funny, intimate, and always fascinating views to celebrate the 45 anniversary of the landing on the… » 7/20/14 4:48pm 7/20/14 4:48pm

Scientist find that 80 percent of all light in the Universe is missing

According to observations made by the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope, the Universe is missing 80 percent of all its light. Astronomers are completely baffled: "We still don't know for sure what it is, but at least one thing we thought we knew about the present day universe isn't true." » 7/10/14 6:07pm 7/10/14 6:07pm

NASA reveals the most colorful and detailed image of the Universe

NASA has unveiled "the most colorful view of the Universe" ever captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Part of a study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, it's "a composite of separate exposures taken in 2003 to 2012 with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3." » 6/04/14 12:17am 6/04/14 12:17am

NASA is getting ready to communicate with aliens (Update 4)

"We can say little, if anything, about what these patterns [above] signify, why they were cut into rocks, or who created them. For all intents and purposes, they might have been made by aliens." When a new NASA book on alien communications has a paragraph like that, you better pay attention. » 5/21/14 12:10am 5/21/14 12:10am

How to create life on screen using the 12 basic principles of animation

Young blood transfusions may be source of eternal youth

Two separate teams of scientists have announced that blood transfusions from young individuals make older individuals younger, fixing their hearts and curing aging brains. Speaking to the New York Times, Harvard Medical School's professor of neurology Rudolph Tanzi, "these findings could be a game changer." » 5/04/14 9:29pm 5/04/14 9:29pm

Amateur astronomers and NASA capture galaxy eating another galaxy

NASA has published this image showing the M51 spiral galaxy—located 30 million light years away from Earth—eating a tiny galaxy like a hamster would it a tiny burrito, which you can see on its upper left.* It was obtained using data from the Chandra X-Ray space observatory and optical data from amateur telescopes on… » 4/30/14 3:59pm 4/30/14 3:59pm

Beautiful video reveals the secrets of a watchmaker

Put on your headphones and enjoy this fascinating view over the shoulder of a watchmaker, full of beautifully crispy closeups of the manufacturing and assembly of a Nomos Glashütte watch. I only have one complaint: I wish it weren't three minutes but five hours long—my autonomous sensory meridian response was off the… » 4/08/14 1:58pm 4/08/14 1:58pm

Scientists capture first ever signal from the beginning of the Universe

It looks like an explosion from an 80s game, but you're looking at the first direct proof of the event that started the Universe—the Big Bang. Those black lines represent the polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background, which "could have been produced by gravitational waves created by inflation" as predicted by… » 3/17/14 12:54pm 3/17/14 12:54pm