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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch, a time lapse at night

This is what an evening SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base can look like. The 4K time lapse was filmed by photographer Jesse Watson from the Imperial Sand Dunes near Glamis, Cali...

Attack of the Tumbleweeds

Witness what one commenter calls "a comically absurd amount of tumbleweeds" as they blow across a desert road. The gathering of spiny skeletal balls was captured on a phone cam by Tim Tower while he was driving in Owy...

VIP Boogie / Jam With Sam – Duke Ellington and his Orchestra (1962)

Recorded in New York City on January 9, 1962, this is VIP Boogie and Jam With Sam from a short film documenting Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. Featured performers include Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Harold Baker,...

The Importance of Setting in a Story

The characters, the plot, the conflict they're facing, and the overall theme are all key components of a good story. But there's another important narrative element that provides context for everything that's going on...

Classical piano music comes alive with light visualizations

Played with a reactive visualizer tool—a set up that mixes After Effects animations with a piano and LEDs that are connected "via Arduino to the piano's MIDI output"—Franz Liszt's La Campanella comes alive with light....

How does sound travel to our brains?

How does a sound, like music played on a trumpet, travel from the source through our ears and to our brains? This animated video from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders describes the ...

Planet-changing ‘invisible’ microbes on the deep sea floor

"We're making progress at a rate that's outpacing the textbooks. We can't write textbooks fast enough to cover all of the really fundamental discoveries that are happening in the field of microbial ecology right now.....

Can you solve the alien probe riddle?

Your team has developed a probe to study an alien monolith. It needs protective coatings — in red, purple and green — to cope with the environments it passes through. Can you figure out how to apply the colors so the ...

The ‘Swiss Army knife’ legs of a house centipede

So. Many. Legs. Thirty legs arranged in a fluttery burst-like arrangement. This is the Scutigera coleoptrata, a house centipede. And though some may think they're creepy or gross, or dangerous to humans (they're not),...

Leptocephalus, a transparent eel larva in the wild

A pale liquid in the ocean currents? Plastic pollution? An eel's ghost? An eel larva! This undulating creature is a large Leptocephalus, a not-often-seen eel in its larval stage. It was filmed by Barry Haythorne and R...

Cat’s Cradle: How to play with two people

Learn how to play a two-person version of Cat's Cradle, a very old analog string game, with these step-by-step instructions from YouTuber Mom's Minivan. The easy-to-follow tutorial shows three basic string shapes play...

The snake-like moves of the Eurasian wryneck

The origin of putting a 'jinx' on someone has everything to do with this bird: The Eurasian wryneck or Jynx torquilla. To ward off predators, these harmless birds bend and twist their heads around in a snake-like way....

46 Nintendo melodies in one animated mashup

How well do you know your video game music? Do you think you can name all 46 of these classic Nintendo melodies? Click play on Grant Woolard's Nintendo Mashup and listen for tunes from Super Mario World, Pokemon, Metr...

Is climate change making hurricanes worse?

"So the important thing to understand about hurricanes is that they only form over warm water. Think of warm water as a fuel to the engine that is a hurricane. The hurricane forms when warm air over the ocean rises. A...

The Lunch Feeder, a Rube Goldberg machine for the office

When Joseph Herscher has a lot of work to do at his desk, he still makes sure he eats a healthy lunch: Brussels sprouts, a hot dog with ketchup, asparagus, and some tomato soup. It's a good thing he has the help of an...

How to carve a Halloween Turnip

Long before it became popular to carve pumpkins at Halloween, carving turnips, a root vegetable, was traditional in some cultures. This English Heritage video tells the tradition's origin story and demonstrates how yo...

Why do goats have rectangular pupils?

In this 'I Wonder Why' episode from World by Charlie, Casey Engelman wants to know why goats have rectangular pupils. Her brother and host Charlie Engelman didn't know either, so they did some research. Those hori...

What does ‘Beethoven’s Contrabassoon’ sound like?

What kind of instrument do you play when you need "16-feet of sound to go below the bassoons" in your Austrian marching band? In this Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment video, David Chatterton demonstrates his clas...


 
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