The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. » 12/25/14 8:34am Today 8:34am

A must-watch 4-minute explainer of the entire Tolkien universe

J. R. R. Tolkien's posthumous The Silmarillion describes the universe where The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place. It has all the secrets of Middle Earth, from individual characters to the genesis of wizards, elves, orcs, or men. This must-watch short explainer reveals its crucial elements in four minutes. » 12/17/14 8:20pm 12/17/14 8:20pm

All we know about neutron stars explained in one simple video

Neutron stars. They are so strange that we can barely wrap our heads around the idea of their existence. In fact, we still don't really know most things about them, so we can only guess and wonder trying to explain their extreme properties. This video explains all we know—or suppose—about them. » 9/08/14 6:03am 9/08/14 6:03am

Why AMD And Nvidia Are Fighting

AMD and Nvidia are at it again. The two reigning champs in the market for video game graphics have been fighting since late last month when some performance issues on the PC version of Watch Dogs kicked up a fresh controversy. And given that AMD is still talking about the issue publicly, it doesn't look like things… » 6/25/14 3:00pm 6/25/14 3:00pm

YouTube's Copyright Crackdown: Everything You Need To Know

We're in the second week of a YouTube copyright enforcement crackdown whose most visible effects have been on the video gaming community. Each day turns up a new example of a video getting thrown in YouTube jail on a ridiculous technicality. The situation seems to defy common sense, but we'll try to explain it in… » 12/19/13 1:11pm 12/19/13 1:11pm

Photography's Three Basic Tenets in Eight Bits and Nine Minutes

Making the jump from point-and-shoots to an SLR can be a daunting proposition but this 8-bit explainer from Light and Matter should help. It covers the three most fundamental elements of exposure—aperture, shutter speed, and ISO—clearly and succinctly, giving even complete photography newbies *raises hand* a quick… » 5/01/12 1:00am 5/01/12 1:00am