It’s magnets! Seriously. There’s a layer of iron underneath the cue ball that gets nudged and pulled by a strong magnet inside the pool table so that it gets put on a completely different track from the rest of the balls in pool. That track is the one that spits out the cue ball. The other balls in pool don’t have…
Have an outdoor pool that you don’t want to drain? Need to get rid of the portable pool but don’t want to do any work? There’s a much better and infinitely more fun alternative solution: blow that mother up with firecrackers. It creates an explosion that looks like a mini atom bomb and spreads the water everywhere.
Wandering through the bitfields, I just came across this 1995 photograph of Michael Gernhardt floating 200-miles over the Earth on a six-hour spacewalk. I zoomed in and looked in awe for a couple of minutes, pondering the chain of events, the Herculean effort that put and kept this man alive in space.
The first day of summer is fast approaching – will you be prepared for suntanning, swimming, and swarms of bugs? Here's our handy guide to surviving the sultriest of seasons, with SCIENCE.
This cute little squirrel has a pool repairman to thank for saving its life. When the little critter was found floating in a pool in Phoenix, Rick Gruber, the pool guy, resuscitated it back to life by performing a little bit of CPR. After a few minutes of pumping its lungs, the squirrel was breathing again.
It's almost time for another steamy, sweaty summer in the city—and nothing looks like it might cool you off more than that sparkling waterway winding through the center of your downtown. But can you really swim in it? In more and more cities, the answer is a refreshing yes.
Everyone wants a pool in their backyard until they realize they never actually swim in it. Those neglected pools become nothing more than holes in the ground filled with cloudy water that act as mosquito magnets. Not this pool though. This outdoor pool is magic. The floors sinks into the ground and it fills itself up…
If you're curious about what would happen if a perfectly hit cue ball hit a perfectly aligned pool rack perfectly in the middle, well here's what it will look like. It's mathematically perfect. Not even the best pool players in the world, magnet breakers or robots can even get it to look like this.
I'm not sure there's an explanation for this amazing set of pool tricks other than the guy doing them, professional pool trick shot player Florian Kohler, is just impossibly good at what he does or that Kohler has somehow found a way to coax all of the magnets on Earth to bend balls however he wants so they travel…
Here's a trick you can do for your next house party: fill the pool with non-Newtonian fluid and have people run across it, dance all over it, ride their bikes over it and so forth. Like, come on dude, you're walking on water, how can you not have fun?
Pool is simple if you know your geometry. And physics. And have good hand-eye coordination. And while none of those seem that hard on their own, they can be a little tough to put together. But with a little help from tech, it becomes as easy as just keeping your eyes open.
If you need any more proof that we're giving Nobel Prizes to the wrong people, behold the brilliant creation that is Putter Pool. It takes billiards and golf—arguably two of the laziest 'sports' known to man—and merges them into an indoor game that barely requires you to get up off the couch. Genius!
I hate, hate, HATE, the idea of being trapped in the water upside down. Or down upside. Or whatever side. It's one of the worst deaths I can imagine. Thankfully, if you are a USAF helicopter pilot, there's a way out:
The coolest kid at the beach would come sporting this water toy—a float with a periscope attached. But what everyone wants to know is if they could make it for adults too.
Unless you're being cremated, blasted into space, or turned into a cyborg, everyone will need a coffin at some point in their life. (Usually near the end.) And a company called Casket Furniture figures that since you'll be spending thousands of dollars on your post-life home, you might as well enjoy it as much as…
You don't have to be Paul Newman to appreciate the difficulty for these collection of insane pool trick shots. All thanks to skill and physics, although there is a couple which are so perfectly crazy that they have to be computer generated. [Thanks Karl!]
It's not even June and my gonads are already melting. And since I can't be by the sea—working on a escape plan now—I wish I could be working by any of these amazing pools.