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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 1:56pm Friday 1:56pm

Video: The doomed story of the mighty king crab

This short film, The King Crab by Oscar Hudson, uses Rudyard Kipling’s story, The Crab That Played with the Sea, as an inspiration to show how though a king crab can look fearsome and monstrous, it is hardly as intimidating as it looks. Especially when the mighty king crab is doomed for the kitchen. » 7/20/15 8:20pm 7/20/15 8:20pm

How our view of Pluto has changed over the years

Pluto was discovered back in 1930 and that cute dwarf planet has been a blurry gray pixelated object to us ever since. Though our view of Pluto has gotten better ever so slightly over the years, we’ve never seen it in detail until the New Horizons spacecraft flew by everyone’s favorite former planet. » 7/16/15 8:00pm 7/16/15 8:00pm

Infographic: What's the fastest ship in sci-fi history?

It took a little bit for us to reach Pluto but what if we had the power of our imaginations in our real life spaceships? Fat Wallet came up with this neat infographic showing which ships from popular sci-fi movies, TV shows and video games (plus real life NASA ships) to show which ship moves fastest. It’s pretty cool! » 7/16/15 12:12pm 7/16/15 12:12pm

How graphic designers photoshopped images before Photoshop existed

Life was basically impossible without Photoshop. The process and tools it took to get images and type set just the way you wanted took an eternity. There were no shortcuts! You needed a rapidograph pens, T-squares, rubber cement, exacto knifes and so much more just to do things Photoshop now does in one or two clicks. » 7/14/15 8:00pm 7/14/15 8:00pm

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… » 7/10/15 12:57am 7/10/15 12:57am

NASA Built A Giant Fake Moon You Can Drive On

About 50 years ago, the U.S. government used 30,000 pounds of explosives to turn a chunk of Arizona into a simulated moonscape for astronauts to practice picking up rocks on. Today, you can take your own truck out there and carve it up like a ski slope because it’s an off-road park ON THE MOON. Here’s how to do it. » 7/09/15 12:36pm 7/09/15 12:36pm

The special effects behind Game of Thrones' epic White Walker battle

The VFX in Game of Thrones is consistently great for a TV show, with some scenes rivaling the very best of any visual medium. And this past season’s battle (or massacre) at Hardhome between the White Walkers and wights vs The Night’s Watch and the wildlings might very well be the best we’ve seen. At the very least,… » 7/08/15 2:39am 7/08/15 2:39am

Where did the word OK come from and what does it actually mean?

We say it almost everyday. When friends text to meet at 7. Ok. When your boss hands you an assignment. Ok. When you need to pay the bill. Ok. And so on. But where did that term come from? What did it first mean? This interesting word breakdown from Arika Okrent dives into the real origin of OK and reveals how it’s… » 7/06/15 11:54pm 7/06/15 11:54pm

Which of these leaves are not actually real?

Super photorealistic drawings are always fun to see because they tickle your brain into thinking things that you know are fake could possibly maybe be real because they just look so similar. Here’s a drawing from Dino Tomic showing a leaf drawing with a pile of other leaves. It’s hard to tell which one is fake! » 7/06/15 8:20pm 7/06/15 8:20pm

Neat visualization shows which country has the most nukes over history

This visualization by drwtsn breaks down the nuclear arms race starting from the 1940s until now. The countries shown are the countries who have historically had the most nuclear weapons: the US, Russia, the UK, France and China (a few other countries have nukes too but are not represented). » 7/01/15 11:24am 7/01/15 11:24am

How a museum restores a beautiful painting from hundreds of years ago

Charles Le Brun’s painting of Everhard Jabach and His Family was finished in 1660. Now that it’s 2015 and hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, my favorite museum in New York, it was in need of a little bit of, um, reviving. The Met guides us through as it restores the giant piece of art and shows the steps the… » 6/30/15 9:11pm 6/30/15 9:11pm

Slow motion video of a 142mph tennis serve shows the ball turning to goo

A tennis ball is squishy and bouncy and totally perfect for slow motion fun. Watch as a tennis racket hits the fuzzy yellow green ball at 142mph in slow motion, it’s incredible. The more you slow it down, the more flattened and deformed and goo-like the ball gets. At a certain point, it looks like the ball has just… » 6/30/15 8:00pm 6/30/15 8:00pm

Watch liquid nitrogen change the color of lasers and LEDs

When you drop lasers and LEDs into liquid nitrogen, the lights cool down and start turning one color into another. In the GIF above you’ll see it start from a urine yellow to a Mountain Dew color and then to a radiator fluid green and finally some super alien blood goo substance. It’s great! » 6/29/15 9:33pm 6/29/15 9:33pm

Here's everything important that has happened in the Terminator movies

The Terminator movies are always fun to watch because they involve time travel and bad ass science fiction action scenes while juggling multiple timelines and always bringing back the memory of T2. But it’s confusing to know what has happened when! IGN clears up some of the confusion in this nice summary of the … » 6/29/15 8:35pm 6/29/15 8:35pm

The painstaking art of making shoes by hand

I’m glad that there are still people doing things the old fashioned way because the art and detail of making these shoes is just so impressive. Carving the shape of the shoe from wood, patching it out with the leather and then putting it altogether, seeing it all makes you appreciate all the little fine details of… » 6/25/15 10:49pm 6/25/15 10:49pm

Watch a blacksmith masterfully forge a pair of tongs

It is an incredible amount of work to forge a pair of fireplace tongs. Like, this blacksmith should be awarded with a medal that lets everyone know that they should pat him on the back. Like he should think about retirement after shaping these tongs from metal. Watch the epic process of blacksmith Torbjörn Åhman » 6/24/15 10:30pm 6/24/15 10:30pm

How a little toy dinosaur is made

There’s a lot of work—and so many different materials used—in making a little toy dinosaur. But once you get the casting right, you can make the dinos forever. Here’s how it goes: the figurine is first hand drawn, then digitally drawn, then re-created in wax. After that, the figure is doused in silicone, buried in… » 6/24/15 10:06pm 6/24/15 10:06pm

Hair dryers are magical instruments that make paper planes fly forever

Antoine Terrieux’s art installation at La Maison Des Jonglages in La Courneuve near Paris, France utilizes hair dryers in such a way that there has to be some sort of magic sprinkled on them. You’ll see the hair dryers levitating balls and string in the air, hair dryers creating a fire tornado, hair dryers making a… » 6/23/15 9:23pm 6/23/15 9:23pm