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Past and future look exactly the same in this post-apocalyptic western

In the post-apocalyptic future depicted in this short film there are no smartphones, computers, or octopus-shaped robots trying to destroy what’s left of humanity. Here, people live like they used to in the Wild West. They ride horses, wear funny hats, and are well aware that their life is worth less than the bullet… » 8/31/15 1:34pm Today 1:34pm

Video: The point of view shots from films by the Coen brothers

The Coen brothers are true filmmakers who employ a certain amount of mastery and art and variety to their work that few directors can match. Joel and Ethan Coen are so good at what they do that they can make any sort of film all sorts of watchable. Here’s something that could connect their movies stylistically though:… » 8/31/15 10:47am Today 10:47am

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

Who causes more destruction in superhero movies, heroes or villains?

Lost in all those superhero comic book flicks that hijack too many screens in movie theaters is how in preventing a villain from let’s say, world destruction or universe domination, the superhero becomes responsible for a lot of damage to a city. Like seriously, cities get messed up. Imagine being a citizen of a world… » 8/27/15 3:00pm Thursday 3:00pm

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

The cool science behind how the Lexus hoverboard works

We were teased a hoverboard. We saw a hoverboard. And we even rode the hoverboard. So how does Lexus’ hoverboard actually work? This video breaks down the science behind it and like all things magical in science, it’s the lovely work of magnets. We can see how the polarity of the magnetic track is set up and how the… » 8/26/15 9:07am Wednesday 9:07am

Where do the days of the week get their names from?

Where did the names for the days of the week come from? It came from the planets! Saturday is Saturn Day. Sunday is Sun Day. Monday is Moon Day. Tuesday is Mars Day. Wednesday is Woden’s Day (Mercury was his messenger). Thursday is Thor’s Day (Jupiter Day). Friday is Venus Day. Watch as Arika Okrent explains how the… » 8/25/15 1:22pm 8/25/15 1:22pm

How movies break the fourth wall and why they do it

When movies break the fourth wall it’s always a little jarring. Like when you see someone you don’t know try to talk to you and you look behind your shoulder to see if it’s really you they want. But when characters express that awareness of being in their world to you, it can get pretty fun! For comedic purposes and… » 8/24/15 11:30pm 8/24/15 11:30pm

Seeing a cello get carved from wood and made by hand is so soothing

The cello is a gigantic instrument so it’s really no surprise that it basically takes an entire tree to make. What is impressive about the process of making a cello by hand though is just how long it takes to carve the wood down, to precisely cut out the shape, and to put all the pieces together. With such a big and… » 8/21/15 11:43am 8/21/15 11:43am

Watch the ocean's five islands of garbage form over the last 35 years

The ocean is filled with alien-looking creatures, a lot of natural beauty and a crap ton of garbage. There is so much garbage in the ocean that fully formed patches of our filth have spawned. In this fascinating visualization, NASA reveals how the ocean’s 5 islands of garbage came to be. You can see the swirling… » 8/21/15 10:32am 8/21/15 10:32am

Space makes things that are spinning act completely crazy

Being in zero gravity has to be a never ending amount of fun. Everything that you boringly do in your normal life, all the things you don’t bother to look twice at—they all become instantly more interesting because you have no idea what’s going to happen. Just check this spinning T-handle in zero gravity, it spins one… » 8/20/15 10:15am 8/20/15 10:15am

Science and Post-It notes power this Rube Goldberg machine

3M used 25,000 post its, 75 rolls of that blue painter tape, and a whole bunch of other stuff to make this wildly complicated Rube Goldberg machine that’s actually really fun to watch. Unlike other Rube Goldberg machines, it’s not totally obvious how it’ll progress from one level to the next, like a slow burn where… » 8/19/15 6:27pm 8/19/15 6:27pm

Seeing a ladybug take flight in slow motion is actually quite surprising 

This is just so cool. I love how the dotted red shells split and then the wings slowly swing out and then begin to flap and the ladybug takes flight like some sophisticated alien space ship that’s ready to swarm together. It’s also really cool to see this angle of a ladybug taking flight because it’s so different than… » 8/19/15 3:48pm 8/19/15 3:48pm

Making a homemade carbon fiber hydrofoil and kiteboard is really impressive

I know next to nothing about kiteboarding and have a negative amount of knowledge when it comes to making your own carbon fiber hydrofoil and board but after watching Mat put together his gear, I felt like I’ve learned everything. There is so much cutting and sanding and drilling and layering the carbon fiber and… » 8/19/15 11:50am 8/19/15 11:50am

Watch a $50 bill get rubbed off to reveal a $10 bill

If all the numbers say it’s a 50 dollar bill and it feels like a 50 dollar bill... it still might not be a 50 dollar bill. This counterfeit $50 is actually hiding its true self: a 10 dollar bill. And it’s doing a good job too! Since it’s likely that most people’s over trusting eyes would just see the 50 and assume… » 8/18/15 9:19am 8/18/15 9:19am

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