What happens when you pour water on an oil fire in slow motion

Really bad things happen. Though everyone should know this, here’s a lovely slow motion video reminder on what happens when you pour water onto an oil fire in an attempt to put it out: the fire gets even crazier because the water vaporizes into steam which expands causing it to spit out the oil which makes the flames… » 5/26/15 10:42pm Yesterday 10:42pm

Science explains that you're probably drinking coffee at the wrong time

So many of us wake up in the morning and immediately seek out coffee like the brown water addicted fools we are. ASAP Science, however, explains that that is completely the wrong way to do it. We’re not maximizing the caffeine or our body’s natural energy, instead, the right way to drink coffee is to wait. » 5/26/15 10:17am Yesterday 10:17am

Who knew that watching a box get made by hand could be so captivating?

It’s a box. Like, really. It’s just a box. But there’s just something about seeing things get put together with a person’s hands that I will always enjoy watching. Even if it’s something as plain and simple as a box. There are so many steps into making these boxes that they should be considered more than a box, even… » 5/22/15 10:08am Friday 10:08am

Video: Chopping down a giant tree in an urban area is like an opera 

This is basically watching a ballet of wood chopping. This video shows Seattle’s largest elm tree get carefully cut down piece by piece in an urban area with perfect placement of ropes and the expert use of a crane and the daring knowhow of climbers. There is so much to consider when taking down a giant and they… » 5/22/15 9:07am Friday 9:07am

A map showing each state's most unique favorite food

Foursquare tracked people’s tastes across America to come up with a very interesting way to determine the uniqueness of taste: they mined their user data to figure out which food or drink was disproportionately popular in each state. So this map doesn’t show what’s the most popular item in each state, but what item is… » 5/21/15 2:14pm Thursday 2:14pm

The making of Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is beyond impressive

When Madame Tussauds nails a wax sculpture, they really nail it. And for Star Wars at Madame Tussauds in London, they perfectly recreated pretty much every character in the saga in such lifelike detail that it looks like the sculptors and artists are just applying makeup to the real actors in this behind the scenes… » 5/21/15 1:46pm Thursday 1:46pm

Bodypaint shows how a baby fits inside a pregnant woman's body

Photographer Leonie Versantvoort created this Bellypaint photo with body painter Marieke van den Dungen-Crone that cleverly and beautifully shows how a baby looks inside a pregnant mother’s body. It’s obviously not super scientific but it’s really cool to see how a woman’s body adapts it body to become a home for them… » 5/20/15 4:46pm 5/20/15 4:46pm

Awesome time lapse shows the entire transformation of bees as they hatch

Watch bees hatch right before your eyes in this stunningly clear time lapse that tracks the growth from larva to pupa to the full grown bee. You can see the entire transformation from nearly transparent organisms that swim around in fluid to hairy bees with lots of color. It’s really stunning. » 5/20/15 12:06pm 5/20/15 12:06pm

This Van Gogh painting coming alive in 3D is super trippy

Staring at a Van Gogh painting can let you see things like you’ve never seen them before. Stepping into a Van Gogh painting that has been brought to life in 3D can make you feel like you’re in a brand new world inside the wild mind of the artist himself. Check out this trippy 3D version of Van Gogh’s The Night Cafe,… » 5/19/15 4:22pm 5/19/15 4:22pm

Hearing the sounds of Paul Thomas Anderson films is pretty interesting

I don’t immediately think of the sound when I think of Paul Thomas Anderson films because the cinematography of his films are so lovely to get lost in and his characters are so well crafted but after hearing Jacob T. Swinney’s edit of the sounds of PTA, I don’t think I can watch, er, listen to it the same again. » 5/19/15 3:42pm 5/19/15 3:42pm

Watch old people talk about their tattoos and why they don't regret them

Everyone who doesn’t have tattoos says that you’re going to regret the tattoos you get right now, when you get old. Not exactly! This short documentary by Angie Bird interviews those types of older people with tattoos and finds out that as silly as some tattoos are, they all carry meaning and have an interesting story… » 5/18/15 6:16pm 5/18/15 6:16pm

Watch and listen to the fascinating process of making a steel pan drum

Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of banging and hammering and mashing and even torching involved in making a steel pan drum but watching it all come together and to see flat steel get shaped in the most irregular pounding way to create the most perfect sounding notes for each section is pretty damn awesome. I couldn’t… » 5/18/15 3:11pm 5/18/15 3:11pm

Video: More recycled scenes from different Disney animation movies

Here are more recycled and reused scenes that Disney lifts from previous animation movies and then adds to its others movies. You can see how the same general movement and scene constructions are used but just with different characters across different movies. It’s both very revealing and endlessly interesting to… » 5/18/15 1:19pm 5/18/15 1:19pm

These eerie millipedes glow in the dark because of stress

We all have our own different coping mechanisms when it comes to stress. A nice walk outside. A cold beer. A punching bag. Blowing up at your friends. And glowing in the dark. What? Scientists believe that these millipedes evolved to glow in the dark to deal with stress (and to let predators now that they’re packing… » 5/18/15 10:25am 5/18/15 10:25am

Graph: Which Game of Thrones episode corresponds to which book chapter

This is God’s work. Or at the very least, the work of a Grand Maester. Joeltronics made this very useful graph that shows which episode of Game of Thrones the TV show corresponds to which chapter and which book in the A Song of Ice and Fire books (aka the Game of Thrones books). That way you know what’s been shown… » 5/15/15 3:17pm 5/15/15 3:17pm

Watch a master optician work at his craft

A master optician sounds like some form of wizardry but that’s basically what Peter Thelin, master optician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is. He can make telescopes and microscopes and pretty much turn and shape and hand-polish any and all optical materials in his lab. It’s fun to hear him talk about his… » 5/14/15 6:35pm 5/14/15 6:35pm

Video: A fascinating portrait of a steam plant's chief engineer

Conrad Milster is the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York’s chief engineer and has been working at the power plant for over 50 years. Conrad Milster is also such a wonderful character and this short doc on his life is such a joy to watch. You get to see the old technology and gear of the steam plant along with his… » 5/14/15 12:07pm 5/14/15 12:07pm

Every crazy thing you need to know about the Mad Max saga

Before you blow your eyeballs out by watching the moving fireball that will be Mad Max: Fury Road, catch up with 12 pretty interesting tidbits about the original Mad Max series. It’s truly impressive how spectacular and dangerous the stunts were in the first film given how tiny the budget was (only $350,000). » 5/14/15 11:32am 5/14/15 11:32am