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Watch Glass Explode at 130,000 Frames Per Second

If you drop molten glass into a bucket of cold water, it cools into a weird tadpole shape: a round head with a long, thin tail. It’s called a Prince Rupert’s Drop, and no matter how hard you hit the head with a hammer, it won’t break. But if you nick the tail even slightly, the whole drop explodes into tiny shards of… » 8/02/15 12:00pm Sunday 12:00pm

Who'd Win In A Fight, The Millennium Falcon Or The U.S.S. Enterprise? 

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It’s the ultimate debate–which great science fiction ship would triumph? The U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek, or the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars? Our fearless video crew got as many celebrities to answer as possible. And then, not surprisingly, Adam Savage basically settles it.

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Can We All Agree That Ants Are Just The Awesomest?

KQED’s excellent science series Deep Look (previously here, here, and here—can you tell we’re fans?) just kicked off a new run of videos with an episode about how ants use leaves to harvest fungus. Which, sure, fungus harvesting is fascinating in its own right, but wait until you find out what the ants are harvesting… » 6/13/15 11:45am 6/13/15 11:45am

Celebrate 5 Memorial Days of the 80s and 90s With Perfect Old YouTubes

Happy Memorial Day. For some reason, instead of having fun outside with your friends, you are alone in front of your computer, reading a blog post. Maybe you didn’t get the day off work, or maybe you’re hung over. That’s OK. You can celebrate the Memorial Days of 1983, 1986, 1988, and 1992—all thanks to YouTube’s… » 5/25/15 6:00pm 5/25/15 6:00pm

Microsoft's Hyperlapse Turns Shaky Videos Into Smooth Short Time Lapses

You may enjoy watching the hours of footage you recorded the last time you went skiing, but your friends are too polite to tell you how boring it actually is. So instead of spending days editing your adventures down to a short highlight reel, Microsoft has just introduced a new app called Hyperlapse that can… » 5/14/15 9:00am 5/14/15 9:00am

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Summer Semester 2015

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this summer for the latest term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started. » 5/13/15 1:12pm 5/13/15 1:12pm

Why You Should Care About VP9, Google's Clever Video Codec

As the ongoing Meerkatification of humanity proves, the internet (in one form or another) is becoming more and more about video. At peak times, Netflix and YouTube alone account for half of all web traffic. That’s an understandably huge burden for ISPs to carry. But as well as making the pipes bigger, we can also… » 4/07/15 12:00am 4/07/15 12:00am

Ordering $500 of Random Crap by Text Message with Magic

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I'll take it as a compliment that Brent Rose—occasionally of Gizmodo dot com—saw fit to explore the wondrous and alarming world of Magic in this video short for Wired. Giz got a fish, but Brent got a much larger collection of impressively random things. » 3/02/15 6:45pm 3/02/15 6:45pm

Adam Savage's Replica Hedge Maze From The Shining Is Scarily Accurate

When Mythbusters' Adam Savage isn't, uh, busting myths, he spends his time crafting amazing replicas of movie props, among other hobbies. This time around it's the hedge maze from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, prompted by Savage's disappointment in what should have been the "official" version. » 2/28/15 2:00pm 2/28/15 2:00pm

Start Your Weekend With The Hubble Space Telescope's Planetarium Clips

You may not own your own private planetarium — or if you do, can we come over to your house? But you can still experience a journey through the wonders of space, thanks to four new "fulldome" planetarium clips, released by the Hubble Space Telescope. They're available in 4K and 8K resolution. » 2/28/15 9:16am 2/28/15 9:16am