The cool trick beetles use to breathe underwater like scuba divers

You see that bubble attached to the beetle? That’s basically an air tank that the beetle uses so that it can breathe underwater. Because they’re so small, they can use water’s surface tension to trap air in bubbles on their body so they can swim under water without having to constantly come up for air. Other beetles… »11/11/15 10:19am11/11/15 10:19am


The fun sparkling spiral of a spinning ball drenched in water

It’s always fun when the least complicated thing—this is just a ball soaked in water thrown in the air by the Slow Mo Guys—makes for such a spectacular visual in slow motion. The spiral of the foam ball is awesome as it jets out all the water it was holding inside. Plus, the droplets of water catch the sun just right… »10/23/15 6:38pm10/23/15 6:38pm

Seeing this surfer stand underneath the barrel of the wave is totally surreal

Since most of us uncoordinated plebeians will never be able to even stand up on a surfboard, this is very probably the closest we’ll ever get to the unbelievable beauty that is riding through the barrel of the wave. Bruno Santos shows us a completely surreal view of what it’s like and man, it’s gorgeous. It’s like… »10/09/15 4:44pm10/09/15 4:44pm

Watch a stone skip a world record 88 times across a lake

One of the two best feelings a kid can have is that immediate king of the world, I’ve got this life thing all figured out of learning how to skip a stone across a body of water (the other is the freedom of learning of how to ride a bike, I think). But that smug satisfaction of throwing rocks that jump like 2-4 times… »9/18/15 6:44pm9/18/15 6:44pm

Hydrophobic sand turns to goo in water and magically turns back to sand when dry

Hydrophobic sand aka magic fairy dust isn’t something new. But seeing the effects of in action is always impressive. Just watch it go from sand into this metallic goo once it sinks into a cup of water. And even cooler, watch it transform back from goo into grains of sand once it exits the water. »8/21/15 6:49pm8/21/15 6:49pm

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 3:30pm7/28/15 3:30pm

Seeing a giant stingray eat a crab is like seeing a UFO abduct a person

And here I thought stingrays were jolly surfers of the ocean. Not to crabs! Watch as this giant stingray catch a spider crab and vacuum suck the poor crab right into the stingray’s mouth. It’s like one minute the crab is there, the next he’s been vaporized. Poor crab was too busy molting to realize the UFO of the sea… »7/15/15 9:16am7/15/15 9:16am

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 11:19am7/09/15 11:19am

Terrifying great white shark attacking a cage is like real life Jaws

Oh. My. Holy. Bananas. This shark attack video from Hillary Rae shows an 11 and a half foot shark biting and gnawing and trying to rip open an underwater cage with such fury and abandon and ferocity that it looks like the killer beast might actually break through. You get an up close view of the razor sharp teeth and… »7/02/15 10:28am7/02/15 10:28am

This giant hole water vortex will probably flush the world away

This is a crazy overhead view of a giant intake vortex at Denison Dam in Lake Texoma, one of the largest reservoirs in the US on the border of Texas and Oklahoma. The water in the reservoir got a little bit too high, so it was drained like a bathtub. A giant bathtub, that is. I wouldn’t be surprised if the giant water… »6/25/15 1:02pm6/25/15 1:02pm

Seeing waves crash from underneath the ocean is so hypnotizing

Everything about waves crashing—it is water smacking itself—is violent. But that’s because we see it from the surface. Underneath, seeing waves crest and fall is a hypnotizing, almost peaceful phenomenon. The way the sunlight hits the giant water prisim and the way the waves roll on top of you and gently ripples the… »6/24/15 1:11pm6/24/15 1:11pm

Video: The breathtaking star-like beauty of a giant squid giving birth

If you ever wondered what a giant squid giving birth looks like (why would you think about that?), just look up at the night sky one day. Because watching a female squid lay eggs looks stunningly celestial. Watch as she lays thousands of eggs in the ocean that seem to glow underwater like she’s giving birth to stars. »6/15/15 9:43am6/15/15 9:43am

Slow motion video of a dry ice bomb exploding in water is pure awesome

Well, I didn’t expect that. When you throw dry ice inside a water bottle and then throw that water bottle in a pool, the explosion of the dry ice bomb is so epic that you can see it pulsate as it rips through the water. The Backyard Scientist shows off what it looks like in slow motion and man, is it powerful. »6/12/15 10:31am6/12/15 10:31am