Passing Through The Moon's Shadow Looks Way Too Scary

We thought we'd seen the best of the solar eclipse images, but this video — unearthed by Reddit — has been hiding out on YouTube, saving the absolute best for last. » 3/27/15 1:30am Friday 1:30am

How Science Looks At Really Tiny Things - Using Tape And Pliers

For nanomaterials scientists, just getting a look at what they're working with presents a serious challenge — you can't see something a couple atoms wide with a normal microscope. And while they have all the fancy toys you'd probably expect in a hi-tech lab, office supplies also play a disturbingly prominent role. » 3/17/15 12:00am 3/17/15 12:00am

Watch ISS Astronauts Geek Out About Star Trek

The crew aboard the ISS conducted a long interview with radio station WTOP recently, covering everything from daily life aboard the ISS, to their Star Trek childhoods. » 3/16/15 12:20am 3/16/15 12:20am

Being A Human Cannonball Looks Completely Terrifying

Yes, it's not exactly a surprise that being launched out of a compressed-air cannon is a stressful way to earn a living. But that doesn't stop this GoPro footage of a woman being shot 40 feet into the air from being white-knuckle terrifying. » 3/07/15 2:08pm 3/07/15 2:08pm

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

These R/C Cars Drift So Much Better Than You Ever Will

Drifting R/C cars isn't a completely new pasttime, but there's still something magical about watching a trio of R/C cars go flying off a jump — sideways. It's everything you ever wasted your childhood trying to achieve, but done by grown-ups with far more skill. » 2/28/15 1:00pm 2/28/15 1:00pm

All The Ways Apple Will Probably Mess Up Its Car

Much as Apple's successes are celebrated in breathless blog posts and barely believable earnings reports, it still screws up as much as any company. Maps. Crappy battery life. Forcibly inserting Bono into your life. This (quite fake) ad details how those mistakes would apply to the rumored Apple automobile. » 2/24/15 11:00pm 2/24/15 11:00pm

This Fantastic Supercut Celebrates 10 Years Of YouTube's Best Videos

YouTube is celebrating 10 years of cat videos and Downfall parodies this month, and to celebrate, The Daily Conversation put 101 of the site's most important, funniest and worst viral videos into this supercut. » 2/21/15 2:00pm 2/21/15 2:00pm

Why Flying Cars Are Difficult And Dumb

By this stage, it's fairly clear that flying cars aren't going to happen any time soon, despite what the media might want to say. And there's a simple reason for that — the whole concept of flying cars is pretty stupid in the first place. » 2/21/15 9:09am 2/21/15 9:09am

This Magician Does Strange And Wonderful Things With An iPad

The original skeumorphic iOS was designed to make digital stuff more tangible and physical — but I'm not sure these amazing magic tricks were exactly what Jobs had in mind. » 2/19/15 10:00pm 2/19/15 10:00pm

The Fastest Way to Solve a Rubik's Cube Is To Set It On Fire

There's a reason the internet becomes one, big, flaming yule log on Christmas Eve; there's something indescribably soothing in that cleansing, all-consuming blaze. And this flaming Rubik's cube is just like that yule log. If the yule log had spent five years pissing you off. » 2/14/15 4:00pm 2/14/15 4:00pm

Green Screens Were Way More Clever Before Computers

In the digital age, it's pretty simple to understand how green screens work: anything of a certain color in the image is replaced with the background. But green screens were around for decades before digital photography, and the old technology was impressively crafty. » 2/05/15 10:00pm 2/05/15 10:00pm

This Is What It's Like To See Sound

Synesthesia is a superpower phenomenon whereby a lucky group of people see color when exposed to stimuli, most commonly sounds. It's the inspiration behind some famous art and music — but it's virtually impossible for mere mortals to get their heads around. This visualization is the best attempt I've yet seen. » 2/03/15 10:09pm 2/03/15 10:09pm

A Real-Life Nine-Inch Nail Gun Puts Puny Nerf to Shame

Played Quake recently? Or listened to any Trent Reznor? This man's insane, semi-automatic nine-inch nail gun will make you want to do both. That and also eat some melons. » 1/26/15 2:40pm 1/26/15 2:40pm

This RC Plane Crash Results In The Best Underwater Animal Shots

GoPros are pretty good at filming underwater. They are also excellent at capturing the sad demise of remote-controlled aircraft. So it makes sense that if you crash a RC plane into the sea, you're going to end up with some awesome footage. » 1/17/15 11:07am 1/17/15 11:07am

Here Are Some Dummies Giving Jimmy Kimmel Their Passwords on National TV

Even though we all know better, and because we are a horrible, self-loathing species, human beings will forever insist on using insecure, awful passwords. Awful passwords that, apparently, we are more than happy to broadcast on national television. » 1/16/15 12:03pm 1/16/15 12:03pm

The Contraptions That Made Photographic Images Before Cameras Existed

You're probably familiar with the beginnings of photography. The daguerreotype, early black and whites, sepia-tone—and it all gets more colorful from there. But what about before photography? When there was no capture medium or lenses and everything was based on linear perspective? How did these early artists capture… » 1/05/15 12:15pm 1/05/15 12:15pm

Watch The Space Station Go Flying Past The Moon

Thanks to the internet (and just a tiny little bit of math), Israeli photographer Gadi Eidelheit managed to get himself in position to see something quite unique: the International Space Station flying in front of the moon. Even better, he caught the whole thing on video. » 1/03/15 10:22am 1/03/15 10:22am

Never Try to Blast Open an ATM in Flip Flops

This past Christmas eve, one industrious young man decided to use the empty streets and twinkling lights to his advantage for a round of some good, old fashioned ATM blasting. It did not go well. » 12/31/14 10:30am 12/31/14 10:30am

This Table Protects You From Burning Hot Beverages

What if your dining room table could show you when your coffee or cocoa is too hot to drink? That could be a reality today: hacker Ken Kawamoto shows us how with a technique called thermal projection mapping. » 12/29/14 10:00pm 12/29/14 10:00pm