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The Hammer-Feather Drop in the world’s biggest vacuum chamber

...though in this case, "the hammer" is a bowling ball. In this excellent clip from the BBC's Human Universe: Episode 4, Professor Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio, home of the world's biggest vacu...

To the Scientists of the Future: Materials science with EUPHRATES

Created by EUPHRATES and Masahiko Sato for Japan's National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), these three "To the Scientists of the Future" short films are a mesmerizing combination of materials research innovati...

A collection of homemade Pitagora Suitchi devices

As huge fans of Rube Goldberg machines, we've tried to make our own Pitagora Suitchi-style contraptions before, but are still working towards the kind of success that YouTuber 10813panaki has had. Watch this collectio...

Guinness World Record – Most mini-dominoes toppled

Eighty times smaller and 100 times lighter than standard size dominoes, mini dominoes must be set up with tweezers, quite a challenge for these two domino enthusiasts. Sinners Domino Entertainment captured this set up...

FlippyCat’s Spectacular Domino Rally Stunt Screenlink

Domino enthusiast Flippycat uses a huge collection of Domino Rally sets to screen link this longer chain reaction together -- 35 scenes total (all listed here in the notes). Screenlinks are separate tricks that are ed...

Watch 11-year-old rock climbing prodigy Brooke Raboutou climb

It's no wonder that 11-year-old Brooke Raboutou loves to rock climb: Her parents are two former world champion climbers who own a rock climbing gym in Boulder, Colorado, and from very young, climbing has been a huge p...

Japanese television: Tires on a ski jump

Which tire will roll down the ski jump fastest and jump the farthest? A Formula One tire? An enormous bulldozer tire? The smallest tire? This clip from Japanese television has made the rounds i...

Neodymium magnet in FAT copper pipe

There are quite a few neodymium magnets falling through copper pipes on the internet, but we can still understand why this demonstration video is making the rounds: it’s just so cool lo...

Screenlinked Dominoes

Between 20,000 to 25,000 dominoes fall in short scenes called “screenlinks” — separate tricks that are then edited together to make it look like one longer setup. Filmed by two domino artists, half of the tricks were ...

World record for the largest domino toppled in a chain

In August, 2009, Stefan Schöppers and his team succeeded in breaking the world record for the largest domino toppled in a chain that begins with a “regular”-size domino. Their largest domino, shown in the ...

Bob Burnquist: Defying gravity with a skateboard

In one of the more astonishing viral videos ever made with a skateboard, watch Bob Burnquist as he demonstrates that, with practice and safety gear, you can perhaps defy gravity. Also, helicopters. via Kottke. Than...

275,000 dominoes: a 2013 world record

275,000 dominoes toppled toward a new Guinness World Record with the help of German company Sinners Domino Entertainment: Last Friday we successfully toppled 272,297 out of 277,275 dominoes under the theme “E...

The most amazing thing about domino chain reactions

A domino can knock over the next domino at about 1.5x larger (perhaps 2x larger) and this instant video classic from 2009 is a great example of this chain reaction. Watch University of Toronto’s Professor Steph...

A-Trak & Tommy Trash’s Tuna Melt

Toast slices as dominoes? Yes, please. This domino-driven Rube Goldberg-esque video may not be all in one shot — and maybe some of it is helped with some digital post-production? I’m looking at you, parach...

Human tower-building competition: 2012 Concurs de Castells

From the 2012 Concurs de Castells, a human tower-building competition in Tarragona, Spain, watch this video by photographer David Oliete. David also took photos. A long tradition in the ...

2,000 ping pong balls and 30 middle-school teachers in Zero G

Because 2,000 ping pong balls and 30 middle-school teachers floating in “zero gravity” isn’t something you see everyday, the kids should watch (or rewatch!) this 2010 ScienceBob video. From northrop...

The Best Bloopers from Penguins – Spy in the Huddle

A series of clumsy penguin outtakes from the BBC’s Penguins - Spy in the Huddle, narrated by David Tennant. (Updated video link.) The documentary team disguised 50 cameras — as penguins, rocks, snowballs, ...

Hello Kitty goes to space

We’ve seen this experiment a few times before, but never with Hello Kitty “catonaut” in a Japanese rocket made by a 12-year-old. And perhaps not with such a glorious pop: NASA doesn’t have a loc...

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