How small is an atom, really? (or how to make your head explode)

Kurzgesagt has a neat new explainer: "How small is an atom?" I watched it. It does a great job at giving you an idea of how small atoms are and how they work. But it doesn't matter, because my brain just plainly refuses to believe any of this. Hulk head hurt. Hulk smash atoms. Oops, Hulk make nuclear detonation. » 1/21/15 6:22pm Wednesday 6:22pm

New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled by a magic force field. Instead of using chemical coatings they used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself. It will not wear off, like current less effective… » 1/20/15 10:19pm 1/20/15 10:19pm

Impressive image of Earth surrounded by Saturn's rings

I love to see Earth next to other objects, like this comparison of all planets and the Sun or this visualization of all the planets between the Earth and the Moon. It helps me comprehend the scale of it all. Actually, it doesn't. It just doesn't compute, sorry. Ron Miller imagined how this would look from Earth: » 1/19/15 12:22pm 1/19/15 12:22pm

The matte paintings of the original Star Wars trilogy and their creators

Before the computing era, ILM was the master of oil matte painting, making audiences believe that some of the sets in the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogy were real when they weren't. They were the work of geniuses like Chris Evans, Mike Pangrazio, Frank Ordaz, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Ralph McQuarrie. » 1/19/15 7:22am 1/19/15 7:22am

How Charlie Hebdo created the cover that made them a terrorist target

Back in 2006, Jérôme Lambert and Philippe Picard made this short documentary showing the creative process behind the first cover that made the fanatics to target Charlie Hebdo, a magazine that I used to read when I was a student in France. A unique look into a creative process that will surprise many Americans. » 1/12/15 4:30pm 1/12/15 4:30pm

It may sound incredible but the Pillars of Creation don't exist anymore

This week NASA published new astonishing high definition images of the famous Pillars of Creation—two 4-light-year-tall columns located in the Eagle Nebula, 7,000 light years from here, first photographed in 1995. The only problem is that the pillars don't exist—they were destroyed more than a thousand years ago. » 1/10/15 3:00am 1/10/15 3:00am

Fascinating break down explains why Taylor Swift songs are so catchy

If you existed in the year 2014, you have probably either cringed or sang along or cringed while singing along to Taylor Swift's oppressively catchy song Shake It Off. Just why the hell is it so catchy ? Well, for one it's pop. But also as Chilly Gonzales explains, it's the same principles that has made other tunes… » 1/09/15 10:55pm 1/09/15 10:55pm

I honestly thought this Return of the Jedi scene was real all my life

I keep getting my dreams shattered. When I was a kid I thought the Rebel Alliance hangar could have been a real stage but it was just one of many matte paintings, an example of ILM's visual sorcery. But the scene of the Emperor coming to the Death Star? I was absolutely, 100-percent convinced that it was real. » 1/09/15 1:16pm 1/09/15 1:16pm

Can dogs really understand humans? The scientific answer

I think my dog Amos—attentively listening above—understands me. I'm not talking about his hundred tricks learned thanks to these guys and the power of the clicker (he follows commands better than most kids.) I'm talking about true understanding. This video explains why this thought isn't crazy at all. » 1/08/15 1:30pm 1/08/15 1:30pm