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What would happen if you mix Alka-Seltzer with water in space

A shiny orb! A floating shiny orb! Water bubbles that pop out of the floating shiny orb! This is the magic that would happen when you pop an effervescent tablet (Alka-Seltzer!) into a water bubble in space. It’s cool to see the little bubbles form within the blob of water and then see things start flying off the orb… » 7/28/15 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Video: The beautiful tracking shots from films by Stanley Kubrick

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. There are few directors like Stanley Kubrick so we have to appreciate all that he’s left us with. This video montage by CutPrintFilm puts together various tracking shots (or shots meant to look like tracking shots) from Kubrick films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange… » 7/28/15 11:42am Yesterday 11:42am

What happens when you put a coin into a block of dry ice

Everything starts shaking and the coin starts to dances around and vibrate and it looks like it’s trying to escape the block of dry ice in a fit of fury. The ol’ science experiment is always fun to see because everything reacts so quickly. What’s actually happening is that the coin warms up the dry ice turning it back… » 7/24/15 12:34pm Friday 12:34pm

Infographic: What's the fastest ship in sci-fi history?

It took a little bit for us to reach Pluto but what if we had the power of our imaginations in our real life spaceships? Fat Wallet came up with this neat infographic showing which ships from popular sci-fi movies, TV shows and video games (plus real life NASA ships) to show which ship moves fastest. It’s pretty cool! » 7/16/15 10:13am 7/16/15 10:13am

How graphic designers photoshopped images before Photoshop existed

Life was basically impossible without Photoshop. The process and tools it took to get images and type set just the way you wanted took an eternity. There were no shortcuts! You needed a rapidograph pens, T-squares, rubber cement, exacto knifes and so much more just to do things Photoshop now does in one or two clicks. » 7/14/15 3:56pm 7/14/15 3:56pm

Watch a hammerhead shark swim in the ocean from the shark's perspective

The coolest thing about being a shark is that you can swim around all you want in the ocean and you don’t have to be afraid of, well, sharks. That’s only semi-true but look at this hammerhead shark moseying about on the ocean floor and it passes by all its shark friends without a worry in the world. No one messes with… » 7/09/15 11:19am 7/09/15 11:19am

The special effects behind Game of Thrones' epic White Walker battle

The VFX in Game of Thrones is consistently great for a TV show, with some scenes rivaling the very best of any visual medium. And this past season’s battle (or massacre) at Hardhome between the White Walkers and wights vs The Night’s Watch and the wildlings might very well be the best we’ve seen. At the very least,… » 7/07/15 4:01pm 7/07/15 4:01pm

Where did the word OK come from and what does it actually mean?

We say it almost everyday. When friends text to meet at 7. Ok. When your boss hands you an assignment. Ok. When you need to pay the bill. Ok. And so on. But where did that term come from? What did it first mean? This interesting word breakdown from Arika Okrent dives into the real origin of OK and reveals how it’s… » 7/06/15 8:39pm 7/06/15 8:39pm

Neat visualization shows which country has the most nukes over history

This visualization by drwtsn breaks down the nuclear arms race starting from the 1940s until now. The countries shown are the countries who have historically had the most nuclear weapons: the US, Russia, the UK, France and China (a few other countries have nukes too but are not represented). » 7/01/15 10:20am 7/01/15 10:20am

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 6/30/15 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 6/30/15 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 6/30/15 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 6/29/15 5:57pm

The painstaking art of making shoes by hand

I’m glad that there are still people doing things the old fashioned way because the art and detail of making these shoes is just so impressive. Carving the shape of the shoe from wood, patching it out with the leather and then putting it altogether, seeing it all makes you appreciate all the little fine details of… » 6/25/15 5:21pm 6/25/15 5:21pm