Why David Fincher might be the best director in Hollywood today

David Fincher is one of the best directors in Hollywood and if you disagree, you need new eyeballs. Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting shows how it's not what Fincher does in his movies that make him special, but what he doesn't do. Fincher's talent and skills are incredible but it's his restraint that sets him apart. » 10/02/14 12:51am 10/02/14 12:51am

This Animation Video Explains Everything You Need to Know About Earth

Kurzgesagt sums up all you need to know about our planet Earth in this nice animation explainer that's much more easy to understand than school ever was. It shows how fascinating and unbelievable Earth is and makes you realize how seemingly impossible it is for us to be living here. But we're here! » 8/04/14 8:54pm 8/04/14 8:54pm

Clever crow knows exactly how to solve different puzzles to get food

I love it when animals can solve puzzles and problems that I can't even figure out. Here's a crow going through a bunch of different exercises to show its understanding of size, weight, density, the elements and even the amount of effort it should put in to a puzzle to win its reward. » 7/25/14 10:41pm 7/25/14 10:41pm

How many gigabytes does it take to make a human?

How much information is stored inside a human? Not as much as you think. All you need is a mere 1.5 gigabytes to fit your entire genetic code. Veritasium did the math in his latest brain tapping video and cooked up that number using bits to understand the molecules that make up a person's genetic code. » 7/03/14 11:05pm 7/03/14 11:05pm

Why do ice cubes crack when you drop them in drinks?

The sound of summer is ice cracking as you pour yourself a cold drink. Hearing that snap and pop cools everybody down. But why does ice crack? Periodic Videos explains the reason why ice straight from freezer suffers that sudden crack versus how ice left on a tray will just melt instead of crack. » 7/02/14 12:47am 7/02/14 12:47am

What gives paper money its actual value?

Money is just tinted paper printed with different numbers on it. So what gives the ol' greenbacks its value? The bills used to be tied to the gold standard but now, it's up to The Fed to control how many bills there are. So why can't they just decide to print out ridiculous amounts of bill to make everyone rich? » 6/24/14 1:42am 6/24/14 1:42am

Here's how to cut a cake perfectly, according to science

The way we cut cakes is wrong. That old traditional style of slicing a wedge and leaving the rest? It ruins the cake and creates imperfect slices. How can we cut it better? How can we eat more delicious cake? Numberphile says the most scientific way to cut a cake is to slice an entire strip from the middle of the… » 6/17/14 9:23pm 6/17/14 9:23pm

Animation teaches you all that happened in World War II in 7 minutes

I really wish YouTube and the Internet as we know it today existed when I was in high school. So instead of reading textbooks and taking notes in class, I could just watch YouTube videos and Wikipedia entries on any test I had coming up. Seriously, I could have dozed off in class and just watched this animation… » 5/20/14 9:04pm 5/20/14 9:04pm

Animation explains why it's so important to protect net neutrality

Maybe net neutrality is just something you hear about on the news and see in headlines. Maybe it's something you don't want to bother to understand. Or maybe you know how important it is but don't know how to explain it to your friends why. This simple animation video by CGP Grey does all the explaining you need. It… » 5/05/14 8:52pm 5/05/14 8:52pm

Video explains why so many scientific studies are basically bullcrap

How many things cause cancer according to science studies? Probably the same amount of things that can make you magically healthy. What is good for you is bad for you is good for you, depending on the day and which scientific study came out recently. There are so many of those studies and they all prove and disprove… » 4/28/14 9:00pm 4/28/14 9:00pm

Animation explains how tsunamis form and why they're so scary

Waves come from the wind so tsunamis, which are basically bigger waves, must come from more wind, right? Not exactly. This cute animation explains that though normal waves are formed from above, tsunamis come from below from volcanic eruptions, landslides and earthquakes. They're the real monsters of the sea. » 4/24/14 9:15pm 4/24/14 9:15pm

Magic material is both a reflecting mirror and a see through window

No, it's not a one way mirror. It's much cooler than that. MIT scientists have invented a new invisible mirror that can show reflections like a typical mirror but also be see through like a window. The magic is in the alternating 84 ultra thin layers typical glass and tantalum oxide. It's a mirror but when you spin… » 4/19/14 1:35am 4/19/14 1:35am

Animation explains how viruses attack our cells to make us sick

Staying healthy is a lot like medieval warfare. Cells vs viruses. There are cells defending their castles and viruses trying to break through. If a sneaky virus manages to attack a cell, the cell fights it and notifies all the other castles about what to build to defend it. Man, learning about biology is so much… » 4/17/14 11:19pm 4/17/14 11:19pm

Mind-blowing video shows how humans are basically bad copies of amoebas

Vsauce, the master answerer of life's toughest questions and professional blower of minds, tackles something so philosophical in his latest video that you'll start to wonder what in the hell our purpose is on this Earth. And if it's any different than a purpose of a rock. It starts with the discussion of art and then… » 4/15/14 1:58am 4/15/14 1:58am

Why ketchup is so damn hard to pour—and how to pour it perfectly

Ketchup, that delicious nectar of a condiment, is more annoying than it should be to pour out and enjoy. Why? Partly because of the dumb bottle it's in but mostly because it's a non-newtonian fluid in more than one way. Watch TED-Ed explain why it's so damn hard to pour out and what you should do instead in this… » 4/08/14 8:08pm 4/08/14 8:08pm