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Float by Susi Sie

Bubbles and droplets of oil in water slowly float around as if in space until... plink! They pop together. Or pop apart? Float is an award-winning 2011 film by Susi Sie with music and sound design by Thomas Schuessler...

How far would you have to go to escape gravity?

Every star, black hole, human being, smartphone and atom are all constantly pulling on each other due to one force: gravity. So why don’t we feel pulled in billions of different directions? And is there anywhere in th...

The Beauty of Flames

The Beauty of Flames captures some extraordinary-looking flames, "the visible, gaseous part of a fire," in this video from Yan Liang's Envisioning Chemistry science and art series. The flames were created by Professor...

Airglow & the secrets behind Earth’s colorful ionosphere

What does our planet look like from space? Most are familiar with the beloved images of the blue marble or pale blue dot -- Earth from 18,000 and 3.7 billion miles away, respectively. But closer to home, within the ne...

The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics, & Biology

Scientists have discovered a mysterious universal pattern that "connects a bus system in Mexico and chicken eyes to quantum physics and number theory." MentalFloss summarizes the formerly hidden phenomenon, known as u...

Is it impossible to skip a stone 89 times?

"Skipping a stone might seem like a simple thing, but it's actually this beautifully complex mix of skill, athleticism, and fascinating physics." And in what might be one of the more comprehensive stone skipping video...

How do roller coasters affect your body?

In 1895, crowds flooded Coney Island to see America’s first-ever looping coaster: the Flip Flap Railway. But its thrilling flip caused cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and even ejections. Today, coasters can pull...

The ‘magic’ of invisibility lenses

Using lenses to bend light, YouTuber Brusspup makes a ruler, a knife, a spoon, a hand, and a laser completely disappear from view. Invisibility lenses create the illusion, an optical trick based on The Rochester Cloak...

Exploration Mission-1: Testing 2 million liters of water

Watch two million liters (450,000 gallons) of water explode 30 meters (100 feet) into the air onto Launch Pad 39B at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. This is the successful October 15, 2018 test of NASA's Ignition Over...

Glaciers flow like rivers, a time lapse

Though they look solid and still, gigantic compressed masses of ice called glaciers flow, constantly moving like rivers. In this Secret Life of Ice clip, we see their awe-inspiring shifting with help from a time-lapse...

Melting a metal alloy spoon in some tea

Imagine stirring your tea and having your spoon disappear into your tea... melting quickly away. When one of Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff's Periodic Videos viewers sent a metal alloy, Field's Metal, to their office,...

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...

Raindrops: What do they really look like?

When you draw raindrops, how do you draw them? Are they tear-shaped with the point at their tops? Is that really what raindrops look like? Dr. Joe Hanson asked that very question. He then tested what happened to water...

Hawk moths and The Art of Staying Stable

Like a hummingbird or a creature from a Hayao Miyazaki film, hawk moths or Sphingidae, are a family of large insects with the magical-looking mastery of hovering in midair. They can also fly backward and keep incredib...

How to make a rocket

"What's the best scientific formula for a powerful rocket with oxidizer and fuel?" In this video clip from Bang Goes The Theory Series 5, via BBC Earth Lab, we get a quick peek at the mix of chemistry and physics that...

The Lemonade Machine, an epic Rube Goldberg collaboration

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This optimistic phrase, encouragement for turning the sour moments of life into something sweet, sets the theme for an epic Rube Goldberg chain reaction collaboration: The Le...

The Ocean Cleanup technology and challenges explained

The Great Pacific garbage patch in the northern Pacific ocean holds an estimated 1.8 trillion hard-to-see pieces of plastic that float around on or just below the water's surface. They're kept swirling in an area that...

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