It’s basic common sense that ropes and fast, spinning blades don’t mix. But in case you need a reminder, recently released video of a near-crash from a rescue helicopter should scare you witless.
Unsurprisingly, humans and nuclear reactors don’t mix well. So what do you do when you have to maintain the inside of an experimental fusion reactor? Deploy Wall-E’s more competent cousin, of course.
John Whitney was one of the earliest pioneers of computer graphics, most memorably known for his work on the opening sequence of Hitchcock’s Vertigo. But even in this educational video for IBM in 1968, the distance that computer graphics has come is startlingly clear.
Cap’s shield has deflected all kinds of shit over the last few years, but outside the Marvel universe, vibranium is in short supply. So what can Captain America’s shield do when it’s made of titanium?
Road biking is a sport normally associated with skinny Europeans and creative cheating. But beyond the packaged hour-long TV highlights, it’s also an incredibly gritty and dedicated sport.
Nuclear fusion holds promise as a safe, clean source of energy to power our future. We’re probably decades away from using fusion as a viable source of energy, but some experimental reactors are already online.
The argument surrounding encryption, mass surveillance and terrorism is a difficult one, normally invoking some firery passions, invocation of 9/11 and some mild racism. If anyone wants to debate with you, just sit them down in front of this video instead.
If you stood this close to a rocket launch, your face would probably look like deep-fried Swiss cheese. Luckily, 360-degree cameras and a VR headset can put you in the action a little more easily.
America has a long and storied history with regulating alcohol, which has left us with a high drinking age, and a very strange requirement that all alcohol be slightly radioactive.
These days, the closest companies will come to fighting with each other is a snarky graph in a keynote presentation, or perhaps a strongly-worded Tweet. Back in 1903, the solution was much simpler: hijack your rival’s presentation in order to publicly shame them.
IPv4, the internet address system born out of the birth of the internet, serves as a cautionary tale to always plan ahead: no one thought there would ever be more than 4.3 billion devices connected to the internet, only to be proved horribly wrong 30 years later. But YouTube planned ahead.
Nutella is good on toast, with ice cream, or eaten by the spoonful while gently sobbing. But as it turns out, add a dash of potassium permanganate and a little heat, and you have yourself a good little fire.
In most every country worth mentioning, flying a drone to 11,000 feet is illegal without all sorts of complicated paperwork. But if you don’t give a shit about the law, the footage you can capture from that high up is darn cool.
Formula E isn’t just different from its conventional sibling in what’s under the hood. Up top, there’s power boost activated by tweets, a gentle whine instead of the iconic roar, and now 360-degree cameras riding on top.
Swearing has an important place in our language, but it’s not always the most elegant form of speech. So for producers of family-friendly movies, it’s always difficult to fill the gaps where an adult-size f-bomb would go. This supercut showcases some of the more creative fillers from over the years.
The first things people are supposed to notice in Jurassic Park are, obviously, the dinosaurs. But what would you be left with if you took the T-Rex out? Some sweeping vistas and people getting very emotional about trees.
The original Boston Dynamics video of a bearded man bullying a robot with a hockey stick is haunting enough. But add a creepy narrator and a robot that really just loves his box, and you get a true glimpse at how the robot uprising starts.
I have trouble eating two slices of cheesecake in an hour, so I can’t imagine what my insides would look like if I crammed 13 slices in a minute. Then again, I’m not a competitive speed eater.
Sending things into space is obviously expensive as hell. One of the many, amny reasons why is the manufacturing process: everything that goes in or on a space vehicle has to be built in a clean environment, and there’s more to it than just being generous with the bleach.
Sir David Attenborough is a world-renowed nature documentarian, mostly due to his ability to bring viewers into the moment with expert narration. Mix that with a virtual reality visual, and you’ve got an astoundingly good dinosaur encounter that anyone can experience at home.