Slow motion video of a 142mph tennis serve shows the ball turning to goo

A tennis ball is squishy and bouncy and totally perfect for slow motion fun. Watch as a tennis racket hits the fuzzy yellow green ball at 142mph in slow motion, it’s incredible. The more you slow it down, the more flattened and deformed and goo-like the ball gets. At a certain point, it looks like the ball has just… » 6/30/15 6:22pm Yesterday 6:22pm

Video: A small printing shop is such a magnificent place

Because the world we live in is now filled with pixels—on our phones, our tablets, our computers, our watches—it’s easy to forget how simply wonderful the idea of a printing press shop making words come to live could be. Here’s a look behind the Printext, a printing shop in Australia, works. It’s a beautiful endeavor. » 6/30/15 10:46am Yesterday 10:46am

How a museum restores a beautiful painting from hundreds of years ago

Charles Le Brun’s painting of Everhard Jabach and His Family was finished in 1660. Now that it’s 2015 and hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, my favorite museum in New York, it was in need of a little bit of, um, reviving. The Met guides us through as it restores the giant piece of art and shows the steps the… » 6/30/15 9:22am Yesterday 9:22am

Here's everything important that has happened in the Terminator movies

The Terminator movies are always fun to watch because they involve time travel and bad ass science fiction action scenes while juggling multiple timelines and always bringing back the memory of T2. But it’s confusing to know what has happened when! IGN clears up some of the confusion in this nice summary of the … » 6/29/15 5:57pm Monday 5:57pm

Watch a blacksmith masterfully forge a pair of tongs

It is an incredible amount of work to forge a pair of fireplace tongs. Like, this blacksmith should be awarded with a medal that lets everyone know that they should pat him on the back. Like he should think about retirement after shaping these tongs from metal. Watch the epic process of blacksmith Torbjörn Åhman » 6/24/15 4:52pm 6/24/15 4:52pm

Hair dryers are magical instruments that make paper planes fly forever

Antoine Terrieux’s art installation at La Maison Des Jonglages in La Courneuve near Paris, France utilizes hair dryers in such a way that there has to be some sort of magic sprinkled on them. You’ll see the hair dryers levitating balls and string in the air, hair dryers creating a fire tornado, hair dryers making a… » 6/23/15 4:27pm 6/23/15 4:27pm

Making a stone axe without any tools is really impressive

Get a giant stick. Shape a big stone. Put the stone in the stick and you have a celt stone axe made without any tools other than what nature gave you. Watch as Primitive Technology uses rocks to sharpen rocks and then fire to burn a hole into a large stick and then put it altogether so that it’s strong enough to chop… » 6/22/15 9:00pm 6/22/15 9:00pm

Cool crystal-clear video of F-15 aerial refueling from the cockpit

Going to the gas station in a car is a chore made to remind you of your own mortality. Going to the (metaphorical) gas station in a F-15 jet? That’s a delightful dessert made to show off our awesomeness. Here’s a video of a NASA F-15 jet taking a pit stop to get refueled while in mid-flight mid-air from the jet’s… » 6/19/15 2:01pm 6/19/15 2:01pm

Making a meat cleaver from a circular saw blade

John Heisz is an absolute master at repurposing old things into awesome and beautiful knives and tools. Here he is carving a meat cleaver from an old circular saw blade. The blade on blade cutting action is spectacular, the sanding of the knife is always fun to see and the making of the handle is way more complicated… » 6/18/15 10:31am 6/18/15 10:31am

Look how amazingly still a hummingbird's body is when it flies

Here’s a video of hummingbirds flying in slow motion. It’s really cool to see how different the speed of its wings move versus the stillness of its body. It’s like the video is in fast forward when you’re staring at the wings but completely stopped when you just see the body. I’ll never not be impressed by… » 6/17/15 3:32pm 6/17/15 3:32pm

What happens when you drop a can of Coke into liquid nitrogen

It’s going to freeze obviously. But there’s this awesome possibility that the soda can will split in half and start spewing an explosion of almost frozen Coca Cola into the surrounding liquid nitrogen. Once it does that, the exploded coke looks like it has been stopped in time, the soda has frozen into art… » 6/15/15 8:09pm 6/15/15 8:09pm

Making a knife from a chunk of concrete and an old shovel

Fashioning beautiful weapons from found objects is always so fascinating to see. How does a person look at a chunk of concrete and see an elaborately detailed knife handle? How can we turn a piece of a shovel into a really sharp knife? Watch John Heisz work his magic below. There are a lot of satisfying noises that… » 6/12/15 4:01pm 6/12/15 4:01pm

The complicated and fascinating life of farming leafcutter ants

Here’s an interesting look at the life of leafcutter ants, the tiny little farmers of the world. They cut off the leaves of trees and essentially use it to farm the fungus they need to feet their little ant colony. It’s an impressive undertaking, carrying the leaves as they do is the equivalent of humans carrying more… » 6/11/15 5:33pm 6/11/15 5:33pm

Map shows where UFO sightings are seen the most in the USA

Here’s a really fun map that plots out where UFO sightings are seen the most across the US of A. Made by John Nelson of IDV Solutions, it shows where sightings are seen the most in relation to the area’s population, compares the popularity of different types of shapes of UFO across the years (1970’s had disk shaped,… » 6/10/15 3:49pm 6/10/15 3:49pm