Though he’s the hero of the Harry Potter spinoff movies, Newt Scamander is no Potter-esque hero himself. That’s not just because he’s a new lead steering a new corner of the Potter movieverse in a different direction. It’s also because he’s quite unlike the typical heroic figure—like Harry and countless other male…
Back in August, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a bunch of films held by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We looked at one yesterday from 1976 about nuclear extortion, and we’ll explore the others in the coming weeks. But there was one that I requested that the NNSA…
Looking back at older versions of software makes you wonder how we even managed to use them years ago. Dusty iterations of programs like Word, Excel, and even Photoshop were crude as hell by today’s standards. But what if Snapchat—Mark Zuckerberg’s favorite ephemeral app—had existed on desktop computers in the ‘90s?…
Via Reddit, here is a comically long bullwhip. But thanks to physics, the whipper necessarily becomes the whippee.
Scientists have detected thousands of exoplanets in recent years, by catching dips in light as they orbit their parent stars. These days, finding new ones isn’t usually such a big deal. But taking direct images of exoplanets, and turning them into videos so we can watch their orbits, makes these faraway worlds a…
Music is Steven Universe’s secret weapon—mainly because the show consistently cranks out some great, toe-tapping songs that are a highlight every time they show up. But the show’s musical excellence extends beyond its ability to offer a good tune: it connects music to characters in some profound, interesting ways.
We’re all disappearing under a virtual avalanche of photos and videos, and no one’s really sure about how to organize it all—though Apple and Google keep trying. Android and iOS both have smart photo services built in nowadays, but what happens when you want to jump from one to the other? Here’s what you need to know.
Pretty much every kind of flora and fauna in Australia can kill you. Seriously, take it from someone who was born there: Every crazy story you hear about Australian wildlife probably has some basis in reality.
Time now for a very cute video about a rather terrible prospect—the very grim possibility of the universe spawning a lethal bubble of pure vacuum that expands in all directions at the speed of light.
The grim dark future of the 41st century needs a weapon as ludicrously gritty as the setting of Warhammer 40,000—and the chainsword, standard melee weapon of the hulking Space Marines, definitely fits the bill. But now such a silly weapon has been made in our reality, and it’s just as awesome.
What is the purpose of the “World Wide Web”? Some would say that it’s to facilitate the free exchange of ideas on a global scale. (Hah!) Others might argue that it serves to democratize the tools of mass communication. (LOL) Personally, I believe that “on-line” exists to bring us videos like this:
The GoPro is your favorite action camera, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s versatile, powerful, and sturdy. However, you’ll probably get over the novelty of taking it on a bike ride or an underwater snorkeling session fairly quickly. Don’t waste that $500—there are plenty of other creative ways to get even more…
You’d think Kylo Ren would be happy to see his grandfather once again on the big screen, but that’s not the case in his latest reaction video to the new Rogue One trailer.
The FBI has just released over 18 hours of surveillance video from the protests in Baltimore that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015. The release comes in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU and gives a sense of how much visual surveillance the FBI uses during high-profile protests.
Ben Ridgway’s specialty is creating flawlessly repeating animations that can be left on loop forever if you’re trying to intentionally trigger the worst acid flashback you’ve ever experienced—minus the acid. Continuum Infinitum has no beginning and no end, just an infinite zoom into a never-ending abyss of trippy…
It’s fun to build things with LEGO, but it’s even more fun if you get to eat your custom creations. These homemade LEGO gummy candies are easy to make, taste great, and can even be stacked like real LEGO bricks.
The creation of a saga as big and iconic as Star Wars has led to many tall tales about its production. While there’s a certain romanticism to the making of a series like Star Wars, not every behind-the-scenes story is true, as pointed out in this excellent video by WhatCulture.
The opening crawl that opens up every Star Wars film is one of cinema’s most iconic moments, and will never change, but what happens when you take the stylings of a James Bond film and give it a try? Magic.
The winners of the inaugural Data Stories Competition, which highlights some of the most creative and fascinating scientific data visualizations of the past year, have just been announced.