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Magnetic fields revealed in slow motion

There are scientific toys and tools that can easily reveal the magnetic fields around a magnet—we've even made this DIY black sand version. But what does it look like when you bounce a powerful neodymium magnet and m...

Electrified Pickle

"The first thing to realize is that when you pickle something you put it into a mixture of salt and vinegar. Salt contains ions, sodium ions, chloride ions, and salt solution is electrically conducting, but it's not v...

Making lava bombs with ‘homemade’ magma

Hot lava + cold water = the potential for lava bombs, flying molten rock balls. For scientists who study the dynamics of this violent combination, it's much safer to set up controlled experiments than to study it in H...

How to make Reindeer Rockets

If you want to study the physics of flying reindeer (and make a super fun mess in the process), make Reindeer Rockets. Maddie Moate and Greg Foot combine small plastic bottles with sports caps, some Alka-Seltzer or fi...

The Green Dragontail Butterfly in slow motion

This stunning slow-motion footage of the Green Dragontail Butterfly (Lamproptera meges) was filmed by insect enthusiast Kazuo Unno during a trip to northern Thailand. The dragontails are a species of swallowtail butte...

What is surface tension? Ask a water strider.

Modern technologies like high speed cameras can allow us to see what was previously 'invisible' to the naked eye. This clip from Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds provides two memorable slow motion examples: A speedy...

Shattering glass with the World’s Largest Horn

How do horns amplify sound? Why are they flared at the ends? And how do airhorns work? Mark Rober wanted to find out so he spent eight months building a massive air horn... perhaps the world's largest horn. In this...

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...

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...

Neodymium magnet collisions filmed in slow motion

What happens when Speks-style magnet balls, magnetic cubes, and plastic-covered disc magnets collide with large and powerful neodymium magnets? Watch them fly through the air, crash, and stick together in this slow-mo...

Solving a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds

In November of 2016, the world record for a robot solving a Rubik's Cube was .637 seconds, but as of March 2018, that record appears to have been broken. The ridiculously speedy robot above, built by Ben Katz and Jare...

Epic stunts by a toy Thomas the Tank Engine

A toy Thomas the Tank Engine gets daring in this video by 5 Mad Movie Makers. Watch as Thomas makes a few epic leaps and flips—he even completes a loop-the-loop—all while managing to stay on his wooden train tracks. L...

Transient – Lightning storms captured in 4K at 1,000 fps

Traveling over 20,000 miles around Arizona and the Great Plains in just 30 summer days, filmmaker and photographer Dustin Farrell captured some incredible bolts of lightning with a Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera. Th...

Atlas robot jumps and backflips

The last time we saw Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot, it was lifting boxes and being shoved around, a demonstration of its increasingly strong balancing technologies. In the video above, Atlas shows off its stunning jump...

Hummingbirds fly, shake, and drink in slow motion

First shared in the National Geographic feature A Mesmerizing Look at Hummingbirds in Flight, this high-speed video footage by Anand Varma captures these "perfect flying machines" as they fly, shake, and drink. The sl...

Why Does Your Cat’s Tongue Feel Like Sandpaper?

If you've ever been licked by a cat, did their tongue feel scratchy like sandpaper? The scratchiness is caused by their keratin papillae, tiny claw-like spines on their tongue that help to clean their fur. Cats (Felis...

How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

In this Vox video from Joss Fong and Dion Lee, we get a look at the technological changes that have influenced how the BBC creates their world-renowned nature documentaries. Compare the groundbreaking access of the ve...

(Skate)ology & The Science of Skateboarding: Grinding

Kick flips, nose grinds, backside board slides... (Skate)ology! Examine gravity, friction, momentum, and other physics concepts thanks to skateboarding demos by pro skaters Boo Johnson, Dane Vaughn, Marquise Henry, Ri...

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