How would you die if you got swallowed by a black hole?

According to physicists, there are three, er, two and a half different theories on how a person would die if they got sucked in by a black hole: stretched like a spaghetti noodle, burnt like a toast and maybe even scrambled. Nova PBS explains that if the argument on how people would die if swallowed by a black hole… » 3/06/14 12:33am 3/06/14 12:33am

How To Pick a Lock Using Nothing But Hairpins

You can learn the basics of lock picking from a GIF, but for a more nuanced look at the techniques required to actually get a lock open without the key, check out NightHawkInLight's latest tutorial where he uses nothing but a pair of strategically bent hairpins in the process. » 3/05/14 1:20pm 3/05/14 1:20pm

Cramming For Anatomy Is Easier When Your Book Turns Into a Skeleton

Because unfortunately movie versions of medical textbooks are all too rare, if you're cramming for an upcoming exam on the human skeletal system and the last thing you want to do is spend the night reading, this wonderful $32 tome can be turned into an almost six-foot tall paper skeleton. Nothing beats hands-on… » 10/31/13 5:20pm 10/31/13 5:20pm

This Animated Globe Lets You See the Earth Like You Were in Space

When Google Maps can deliver detailed views of the world with imagery that zooms right down to our backyards, they're can't be much demand for desk globes anymore. So a Japanese company called Gakken has taken its Worldeye globe to another level by turning it into a display that can show everything from weather… » 10/18/13 3:20pm 10/18/13 3:20pm

A Counting Pop-up Book That Appeals To Toddlers and Designers Alike

Even if you already boast a mastery of counting to ten, a refresher course is never a bad idea—particularly when it's this beautiful. Marion Bataille's Numero is a pop-up counting book, chronicling the numbers one to ten with simplistic layered shapes that are sure to entertain and educate kids, while also inspiring… » 9/26/13 5:00pm 9/26/13 5:00pm

The Science of Rocket Fuel Explained With Soda Bottles and Slo-Mo

Rocket engines require two important ingredients to fire: fuel, and an oxidizer. And to get the most bang for your buck with those ingredients, you need to find the perfect recipe. As the BBC series Bang Goes the Theory demonstrates with three plastic soda bottles, maxing out on either ingredient doesn't produce as… » 4/11/13 4:20pm 4/11/13 4:20pm

Watch Gear Pantone Chart: Layers of Gorgeous Time-Keeping Guts

In the horological world, Skeleton watches are some of the most tricky to design and build since all of the timepiece's inner workings are completely exposed and visible at all times. They can also be a great teaching aide, which is why Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet hired artist Krzysztof J. Lukasik to create this… » 3/14/13 9:23am 3/14/13 9:23am

Eames House Alphabet Blocks: M Is For "Make Your Kids Cooler"

Terrible aesthetics and children's toys go hand in hand. Barbie's "Dreamhouse" is an uninspired architectural disaster, and the font used on most alphabet blocks leaves design-minded parents actually missing Comic Sans. But what's the alternative? How about a set of alphabet blocks with beautiful typography and… » 1/22/13 10:19am 1/22/13 10:19am

Unorthodox Alphabet Blocks For Your Budding Mad Scientist

It doesn't matter what unspeakable acts or atrocities they grew up to commit, at one point all mad scientists—from Dr. Frankenstein to Dr. No—started life as adorable infants. But what turns an innocent toddler into an adult with a penchant for world domination? This set of mad scientist-themed alphabet blocks might be … » 1/01/13 7:00pm 1/01/13 7:00pm

The Tortilla Hexaflexagon Will Boggle Your Mind (and Stomach)

Cooking is as much a science as astrophysics, biology, or mathematics. Particularly when professional mathemusician and YouTuber Vi Hart gets involved. Watch in awe as she turns a regular tortilla into a complex origami creation—a hexaflexagon to be exact—and feel vastly inferior the next time you're downing a boring… » 10/26/12 9:05am 10/26/12 9:05am

How Many Decks Would You Need To Build a Full-Sized House of Cards?

If the cost of materials and labor have deterred you from building your dream home, there might be another option. Your typical house of cards usually stands no larger than a living room coffee table. But with this simple online calculator, you can determine how many decks you'd need to build a home suitable for your… » 10/17/12 11:40am 10/17/12 11:40am

Solar System Scale: Weigh Yourself on Planets Where Gravity Isn't So…

If you're feeling guilty about that fifth slice of pie you had after dinner, you might want to consider avoiding scales until you can weigh yourself on this educational aide. It's designed to teach kids facts about the solar system, but more importantly, the varying effects of gravity on each planet. » 8/30/12 2:40pm 8/30/12 2:40pm