See how the Dreamworks logo before its movies changed over time

Ethan Jones is back with another interesting visual breakdown of movie logos, this time focusing on DreamWorks. You know that intro sequence, where a fishing line gets dropped into the water from a boy on the moon. Here are all the variations that have popped up in DreamWorks movies since they first started using the… » 3/30/15 6:12pm Yesterday 6:12pm

Iconic hairstyles of famous characters from pop culture

Our favorite TV show characters and movie stars and cartoons are often remembered for how they look. The outfits they wear, the cars they drive, the weapons they use, the swagger they carry and the hairstyle they have. Here's an infographic showing 65 different famous hairstyles. » 3/30/15 4:48pm Yesterday 4:48pm

Behind the scenes footage shows how the Interstellar robots were made

Though I understand its problems, I still enjoyed the visual ride that was Interstellar. Still, the best thing about the movie might have been the TARS and CASE moving monolith robot machines. Here's a behind the scenes clip that shows how the practical effects of TARS and CASE were made and how they were controlled… » 3/27/15 3:02pm Friday 3:02pm

The fascinating underworld living in flood channels beneath Las Vegas

Around 400 people live inside the flood channels underneath Las Vegas and it's such a fascinating underworld that is so different from the neon-lit indulgence and styrofoam extravagance that Sin City is known for. Matthew O'Brien has been visiting the community for 12 years and takes a tour of it in this video. » 3/27/15 9:58am Friday 9:58am

Video explainer: What is nuclear energy and why we don't have more of it

Our ability to harness nuclear energy has existed for quite a while now and yet nuclear energy is only responsible for providing 10% of the world's energy. There are 439 nuclear reactors spread across 31 countries with 160 more reactors planned for the future and yet nuclear energy has stagnated since the 80's. What… » 3/26/15 11:34am Thursday 11:34am

Slow motion video shows a chameleon shoot out its tongue superpower

A chameleon's tongue is nearly two times the length of its body and it can shoot out that slimy sticky thing at 41 g, roughly four times the maximum acceleration of a fighter jet, with deadly quick accuracy: its tongue can reach its prey in 0.07 seconds. Basically, it's an insane, superpower-like weapon to have. » 3/26/15 8:53am Thursday 8:53am

This video is proof that Tokyo is the most unique city in the world

Japan can be both traditional and effortlessly modern, but most of all it's unique. The chaos and quirks and creativity and energy of Tokyo all combine to create a city filled with things that exist nowhere else. Tokyo is an original and this video by Takuya Hosogane does a fantastic job capturing that. » 3/25/15 7:04pm 3/25/15 7:04pm

Seeing cactuses bloom flowers is like watching aliens grow tumors

Usually when you see flowers bloom, it's a beautiful, almost hypnotic phenomenon. It's not exactly that poetic with cactuses though. Though the flowers themselves are ridiculously vibrant, the cactuses look like they've had radioactive appendages randomly glued onto their bodies. » 3/24/15 10:09am 3/24/15 10:09am

Math explains the best way to shuffle a deck of cards and why

Everyone who has played poker or even Go Fish knows the basics of shuffling cards. There's the riffle shuffle (combining two halves of a decks and making a bridge), overhand shuffling (quickly splicing cards from the deck back into the deck) and regular ol' mixing all the cards up on a table. Which way is the best? » 3/23/15 12:58pm 3/23/15 12:58pm

How using movement in film might be the most underrated skill in movies

The generous intelligence giver that is Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting is back again with another detailed look at the nuance of filmmaking. This time he focuses on master director Akira Kurosawa's use of movement in his films (Seven Samurai, Ran, etc.) and how it can tell a story within a story. » 3/19/15 10:19pm 3/19/15 10:19pm

Cool photo of US Navy helicopter reveals the guts of a Transformer

Here's a pretty neat photo of US Navy sailors working on a MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter that gives you an inside look at what's "under the hood". For some reason, all those wires and boxes and more wires and more boxes makes me think we're getting a peak at the inner workings of a Transformer. » 3/19/15 8:45pm 3/19/15 8:45pm

An interesting look at the last seltzer bottler in New York City

I've never really enjoyed seltzer but that's probably because I've never had good seltzer, only the barely fizzy water they sell in plastic bottles at the market. This short about Gomberg Seltzer Works shows how real seltzer is made with siphon machines and how the glass bottle is crucial to maintaining the carbonated… » 3/19/15 3:04pm 3/19/15 3:04pm

Making a book completely by hand is way more impressive than I thought

It's completely unnecessary and like two steps away from being a joke but making a book by hand is a pretty impressive feat. There's so many unseen things you have to do! Like cutting the pages right, sewing them together, silkscreening for color, glueing everything perfectly and so on. » 3/19/15 11:53am 3/19/15 11:53am

Raiders of The Lost Ark's boulder scene was inspired by Uncle Scrooge

Cinefix dissects the iconic opening scene of Raiders of The Lost Ark showing how it was made. From the planning to the practical effects and sound design. It also talks about George Lucas' obsession with Disney comic books and how Uncle Scrooge's The Seven Cities of Cibola influenced the boulder scene. » 3/19/15 8:38am 3/19/15 8:38am

The tallest buildings on each continent throughout history, visualized

I love these fantastic charts from Halcyon Maps that show which skyscrapers or churches or temples or mounds of dirt or other structures that have been the tallest buildings on each continent throughout history. You can see the ridiculous skyscraper arms race that develop in each area over the years and see what… » 3/18/15 3:59pm 3/18/15 3:59pm

Map shows the location of popular animated movies across the world

Though most of the real world lives in China and India and other parts of Asia, the fake animated world is almost exclusively set in the USA and Europe. Obviously that's because many popular animation movies are made by Western shops for Western audiences but hey, can the rest of the world get some animated love? » 3/18/15 2:42pm 3/18/15 2:42pm

This video about space and life is so inspiring

Supersymmetry is a short film made by Trent Jaklitsch as an ode to his father. But really, it's an inspirational tale for all of us. Using personal footage from his childhood along with NASA archival footage and other publicly available clips, he stitches together a story about how the universe created us and how we… » 3/17/15 3:33pm 3/17/15 3:33pm

All those iconic space pictures are really black and white 

Most of the gorgeous images of distant galaxies we all keep in our minds were captured by the lens of The Hubble Space Telescope. But those lens can only take black and white images. The color is added afterwards according to "the wavelengths of light that different elements emit in space." This is how they do it. » 3/17/15 10:13am 3/17/15 10:13am

9 simple photography tips that will make your pictures look better

Here are 9 rules about basic photography composition from famed photographer Steve McCurry that will instantly make your pictures look better. You know some of them already—rule of thirds, etc.—but it's nice to see them illustrated with great pictures and be reminded of the most important rule of all: that you can—and… » 3/17/15 10:07am 3/17/15 10:07am

Compare a movie's first scene with its last scene, side-by-side

Film editor Jacob T. Swinney put together this interesting edit showing 55 movies side-by-side, putting each film's first scene right next to the final scene. Sometimes you get a story that comes completely full circle, sometimes you get a finished story with coherent imaging and other times you get something else. » 3/16/15 9:17pm 3/16/15 9:17pm