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A sword made of fire is the coolest thing

There are swords that are on fire, swords made in fire and now, swords that are made of fire. The Backyard Scientist created this “fire saber” which is basically a seltzer bottle that spits out a stream of butane which lights on fire with a lighter. The look of the fire stream resembles a light saber, hence the fire… » 7/30/15 3:50pm Thursday 3:50pm

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 7/24/15 12:34pm

Torching Gatorade with a flamethrower creates colorful mini fountains

Who knew that Gatorade, an elixir of life, would be such a fun thing to blast a flamethrower at? Turns out because the plastic bottle shrinks while the cap disintegrates (since there’s no liquid in it), the delicious hangover-curing fluid starts spewing all over the place. Science experiments that involve… » 6/22/15 10:09am 6/22/15 10:09am

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

The interesting science of how your blender works

If you think your blender is just a crazy powerful tornado smasher of things, you’re not wrong! But there’s also some other fascinating things going on inside of that do it all wonder device. And one of the secret weapons of a blender is the tiny little bubbles it creates. It’s called cavitation, when those bubbles… » 6/10/15 2:07pm 6/10/15 2:07pm

Science explains that you're probably drinking coffee at the wrong time

So many of us wake up in the morning and immediately seek out coffee like the brown water addicted fools we are. ASAP Science, however, explains that that is completely the wrong way to do it. We’re not maximizing the caffeine or our body’s natural energy, instead, the right way to drink coffee is to wait. » 5/26/15 10:17am 5/26/15 10:17am

New Test Suggests NASA's "Impossible" EM Drive Will Work In Space

Last year, NASA’s advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futuristic engine, which could in theory propel objects to near-relativistic speeds, has been shown to work inside a space-like vacuum. » 5/01/15 3:31pm 5/01/15 3:31pm

Watch this sorcerous liquid substance start swirling in crazy patterns

I don't know what's happening here but it's a visual trip show and we can thank science for it. It's the recrystallization of impure 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde being dunked into ice water. You can see the compound inside the flask transform from a liquid at room temperature to a flurry, swirly, milky substance as it… » 4/10/15 2:55pm 4/10/15 2:55pm

First Ever Image to Show Light as a Wave and Particle at the Same Time

What you're looking at here is a major breakthrough. The image reveals a property of light that has never been witnessed before by human eyes, though we've long known about it. But at last, thanks in an ingenious imaging experiment, we can now see how light behaves as a wave and a particle at the same time. » 3/03/15 7:44am 3/03/15 7:44am