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How to Get Better Quality Out of Your Video Chats

So you’re all excited to hop on a video chat with grandma, but the quality is less than desirable. The video is choppy, the audio echoes and cuts out, and you can barely see the person on the other end. Before you flip that table, here are a few things you can tweak to make sure you’re getting the best quality… » 7/25/15 9:40am Saturday 9:40am

8 Fascinating Newsreels From a Giant Treasure Trove Now on YouTube

Today, newsreels seem like a thing of the past—an outmoded medium that feels ancient in comparison to the way we consumer media today. But they dominated much of the 20th century, and now, the AP and British Movietone have uploaded more than one million minutes of them to YouTube. » 7/22/15 8:10pm 7/22/15 8:10pm

The Magnus Effect Is Why a Ball With a Bit of Backspin Goes Like This

Drop a basketball with backspin from a great enough height, and something rather interesting happens. In the video below, Veritasium’s Derek Muller explains the Magnus effect, and why the phenomenon can cause a ball with even a little spin to swerve so dramatically from its expected path. » 7/15/15 9:31pm 7/15/15 9:31pm

The Best Gadgets to Keep Your Kids Entertained Over the Summer Break

If the weather wasn’t enough to clue you in, you can’t ignore that it’s definitely summer now that the schools are closed and the kids are suddenly free from the clutches of teachers and homework. Sadly that leaves us with the problem of keeping them entertained over the next couple of months. School might suck, but… » 7/12/15 1:00pm 7/12/15 1:00pm

Here's What's Going on Inside a Mermaid's Purse

Reef-dwelling catsharks wrap their fertilized eggs in leathery box-shaped cases commonly called “mermaid’s purses.” The tough, collagenous wall of the purse protects the developing young until it’s ready to hatch—anywhere from a month to a year after it’s laid, depending on its species. » 6/29/15 4:00pm 6/29/15 4:00pm

DJI Phantom 3 Review: Stunning Video + Easier Controls = Hell Yes

DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+ really upped the ante for a consumer-friendly all-in-one aerial photography drone. It shot solid 1080p video, and its built-in stabilized camera kept the shot super smooth. Well, the Phantom 3 is here—and while it isn’t perfect, it blows the doors off the 2 Vision+. It’s a mighty sweet birdie. » 6/28/15 1:30pm 6/28/15 1:30pm

First Full-Color HD Videos Of Earth Taken From Space Are Amazing

Satellite imagery has become a part of our daily digital lives; we use stills of our planet to navigate to the mall, for goodness sake. But when those images are moving, the result is so stunning that it’s almost magical. UrtheCast has released the first full-color HD video of Earth shot from the International Space… » 6/18/15 2:58pm 6/18/15 2:58pm