Solids of constant width

This absolutely fascinates me. Functionally, these objects are as good as spheres, yet they’re edged and asymmetrical. Looking at these shapes it never would’ve entered my mind that they might possibly have an unchanging width. Even though I can’t think of a practical use for this kind of object, I can say that it could […]

Solids of constant widthThis absolutely fascinates me. Functionally, these objects are as good as spheres, yet they’re edged and asymmetrical. Looking at these shapes it never would’ve entered my mind that they might possibly have an unchanging width. Even though I can’t think of a practical use for this kind of object, I can say that it could possibly turn people around to the idea that math can be interesting. Just maybe.

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Molding an ant colony

Ants are possibly one of the more interesting creatures on this planet. Hundreds of them will work together as if they have one brain and it’s all for the survival and the betterment of their colony. Walking around through the woods, you could have any number of layers of ant colony below your feet without […]

Molding an ant colonyAnts are possibly one of the more interesting creatures on this planet. Hundreds of them will work together as if they have one brain and it’s all for the survival and the betterment of their colony. Walking around through the woods, you could have any number of layers of ant colony below your feet without knowing it.

Well Walter Tschinkel is more interested in ants than any of us. Now I’m not wild about the fact that he has to wipe out entire colonies of ants in order to do his research, but he had his idea and followed through with it and now we have these intricate and detailed representations of how exactly these colonies are structured and organized. Like it or not, you’re going to be blown away by the result.

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World’s roundest object.

I never thought I would be impressed by something as dull sounding as the world’s roundest object, but watching it appear to float when held and hearing all the information about it really turned me around. Not only do you get a background on this object itself but also a bit of a lesson on […]

World's roundest object.

I never thought I would be impressed by something as dull sounding as the world’s roundest object, but watching it appear to float when held and hearing all the information about it really turned me around. Not only do you get a background on this object itself but also a bit of a lesson on weight standards.

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The strangest square mile in the ocean.

Fish have it pretty bad. Not only do they have to deal with the fact that humans find them delicious and have developed ways to catch large groups of them at once, but it turns out their home is an absolute nightmare world. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there would would find […]

The strangest square mile in the oceanFish have it pretty bad. Not only do they have to deal with the fact that humans find them delicious and have developed ways to catch large groups of them at once, but it turns out their home is an absolute nightmare world.

I’m sure there are plenty of people out there would would find the creatures featured in this video nothing but interesting, but I can’t help but be terrified by the fact that such predators exist. I’m just glad I’m not a fish.

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Watch thermal tile in action.

This kind of material is a perfect example of our ability to adapt in the name of science. Many people would view the problem of burning up due to high speeds while re-entering the atmosphere as an unsolvable problem. It would seem as if some things just aren’t meant to be or can’t be achieved. […]

Watch thermal tile in actionThis kind of material is a perfect example of our ability to adapt in the name of science. Many people would view the problem of burning up due to high speeds while re-entering the atmosphere as an unsolvable problem. It would seem as if some things just aren’t meant to be or can’t be achieved.

But no, we invented mind-blowing material that absorbs and re-disperses the heat so it can stay structurally intact. This is the kind of thing that a lot of people would categorize as an alien technology if they didn’t know any better.

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What is a second?

Why don’t you have a seat and let James May explain to you exactly how we came to the measurement of time we call a second. I certainly didn’t know when and why it came to be. I’ve only known James May as a presenter on Top Gear, but it seems like he also likes […]

What is a second?Why don’t you have a seat and let James May explain to you exactly how we came to the measurement of time we call a second. I certainly didn’t know when and why it came to be. I’ve only known James May as a presenter on Top Gear, but it seems like he also likes to spend his time teaching us things on Youtube. Might be worth checking out more.

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Finding new planets – Exoplanets explained

This is an interesting video that seems to be a conversation about finding new planets set to an animation. Most of what these guys are saying I won’t even pretend to be able to fully grasp, but I was able to understand a few basic concepts fro…

Finding new planets - Exoplanets explainedThis is an interesting video that seems to be a conversation about finding new planets set to an animation. Most of what these guys are saying I won’t even pretend to be able to fully grasp, but I was able to understand a few basic concepts from watching this video.

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Expedition 35 arriving from space

  I was surprised to learn yesterday that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and his crew had arrived back on Earth from the ISS, I hadn’t realized Expedition 35 was coming back so soon.  You may remember a couple videos I posted before from Chris Hadfield. Pretty much everything he’s put out is worth watching as […]

 

Expedition 35 arriving from spaceI was surprised to learn yesterday that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and his crew had arrived back on Earth from the ISS, I hadn’t realized Expedition 35 was coming back so soon.  You may remember a couple videos I posted before from Chris Hadfield. Pretty much everything he’s put out is worth watching as he’s really in to interacting with us earthlings.

Additionally there is a video of the actual extraction of the astronauts if you’re interested in seeing a bunch of disoriented men sit in giant baby seats.

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The Cockroach – The Perfect Creature

We’ve all heard the legends of their ability to survive and I’m sure some of us refuse to believe it but the fact remains that cockroaches are incredibly resilient creatures. This video will give a rundown of just why they are so special and which cockroaches are more special than others. This video isn’t for […]

The Cockroach - The Perfect CreatureWe’ve all heard the legends of their ability to survive and I’m sure some of us refuse to believe it but the fact remains that cockroaches are incredibly resilient creatures. This video will give a rundown of just why they are so special and which cockroaches are more special than others. This video isn’t for everyone.

How to build a lathe

Not so much a how-to video, but more of a chronicle of one man’s journey through turning wood into something more useful. This is a very neat video that actually does go step by step through his process of making this contraption. The simplicity of this video really makes me think I could do something […]

How to build a latheNot so much a how-to video, but more of a chronicle of one man’s journey through turning wood into something more useful. This is a very neat video that actually does go step by step through his process of making this contraption. The simplicity of this video really makes me think I could do something like this.