How small is an atom, really? (or how to make your head explode)

Kurzgesagt has a neat new explainer: "How small is an atom?" I watched it. It does a great job at giving you an idea of how small atoms are and how they work. But it doesn't matter, because my brain just plainly refuses to believe any of this. Hulk head hurt. Hulk smash atoms. Oops, Hulk make nuclear detonation. » 1/21/15 10:03pm Wednesday 10:03pm

New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled by a magic force field. Instead of using chemical coatings they used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself. It will not wear off, like current less effective… » 1/21/15 8:14am Wednesday 8:14am

Impressive image of Earth surrounded by Saturn's rings

I love to see Earth next to other objects, like this comparison of all planets and the Sun or this visualization of all the planets between the Earth and the Moon. It helps me comprehend the scale of it all. Actually, it doesn't. It just doesn't compute, sorry. Ron Miller imagined how this would look from Earth: » 1/19/15 3:17pm 1/19/15 3:17pm

The matte paintings of the original Star Wars trilogy and their creators

Before the computing era, ILM was the master of oil matte painting, making audiences believe that some of the sets in the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogy were real when they weren't. They were the work of geniuses like Chris Evans, Mike Pangrazio, Frank Ordaz, Harrison Ellenshaw, and Ralph McQuarrie. » 1/19/15 7:24am 1/19/15 7:24am

The Big Lebowski says two fucks per minute—and six other movie factoids

Most of you have probably watched The Big Lebowski like a gajillion times and remember enough lines to re-create entire scenes by yourself but there still may be some tidbits that you don't know about the cult classic. Like a kooky conspiracy theory that links The Dude with 9/11. » 1/12/15 10:12pm 1/12/15 10:12pm

How Charlie Hebdo created the cover that made them a terrorist target

Back in 2006, Jérôme Lambert and Philippe Picard made this short documentary showing the creative process behind the first cover that made the fanatics to target Charlie Hebdo, a magazine that I used to read when I was a student in France. A unique look into a creative process that will surprise many Americans. » 1/12/15 8:40pm 1/12/15 8:40pm

It may sound incredible but the Pillars of Creation don't exist anymore

This week NASA published new astonishing high definition images of the famous Pillars of Creation—two 4-light-year-tall columns located in the Eagle Nebula, 7,000 light years from here, first photographed in 1995. The only problem is that the pillars don't exist—they were destroyed more than a thousand years ago. » 1/10/15 7:15am 1/10/15 7:15am

Fascinating break down explains why Taylor Swift songs are so catchy

If you existed in the year 2014, you have probably either cringed or sang along or cringed while singing along to Taylor Swift's oppressively catchy song Shake It Off. Just why the hell is it so catchy ? Well, for one it's pop. But also as Chilly Gonzales explains, it's the same principles that has made other tunes… » 1/09/15 11:16pm 1/09/15 11:16pm

How animal eyes evolved from tiny holes to extremely complex organs

Five hundred million years ago our eyes were only little cavities with the ability to detect the direction of the incoming light. That cavity evolved radically transforming into the complex organs we all know today. But how did this happen? This TedEd video has the scientific answer: » 1/09/15 8:39pm 1/09/15 8:39pm

I honestly thought this Return of the Jedi scene was real all my life

I keep getting my dreams shattered. When I was a kid I thought the Rebel Alliance hangar could have been a real stage but it was just one of many matte paintings, an example of ILM's visual sorcery. But the scene of the Emperor coming to the Death Star? I was absolutely, 100-percent convinced that it was real. » 1/09/15 6:16pm 1/09/15 6:16pm

Can dogs really understand humans? The scientific answer

I think my dog Amos—attentively listening above—understands me. I'm not talking about his hundred tricks learned thanks to these guys and the power of the clicker (he follows commands better than most kids.) I'm talking about true understanding. This video explains why this thought isn't crazy at all. » 1/08/15 8:36pm 1/08/15 8:36pm

This short film on the nature of violence is a must watch today

Without further commentary, here's a new short film set to Robert F. Kennedy speech at the Cleveland City Club, on April 5, 1968: The Mindless Menace of Violence. After today's events in France, it seems appropriate. Senator Kennedy was assassinated on June 6, 1968, only two months after these words. Dr. King was… » 1/07/15 10:33pm 1/07/15 10:33pm

10 underrated movies you probably missed in 2014

The funnest and maybe even best movie of 2014 that nobody saw when it came out but when they finally watched it all agreed was the funnest and maybe even best movie of 2014: Edge of Tomorrow. Seriously, even if you don't like Tom Cruise, you'll enjoy the movie. Here are 9 other movies that were overlooked in 2014. » 1/07/15 10:00pm 1/07/15 10:00pm