Watching a cucumber plant grow is way more interesting than you’d think. in this video, we get a close look at the physics of the tendrils that cucumbers use to grab onto supports. I spend some of my gardening time trying to “help” a tendril catch the support I build for it, with mixed results. They seem to have it pretty well figured out on their own. Biologist Roger Hangarter has a website called Plants-In-Motion, where you can see many different time-lapse movies of plants.
Tuesday, May 13th 2014 (12:15am) | Thanks: Squid
If you work in an office or just like to be organized, you'll be familiar with binder clips. They're those incredibly cheap, little black (or colored) clips that keep things together. What you probably don't know, though, is that they're arguably the ultimate hacking tool. There aren't many things as cheap or abundant that accomplish so many things.
To help you realize binder clip glory, here are 33 life-changing ways to use binder clips.
Tuesday, Apr 22nd 2014 (12:04am)
With the help of Google Translate (and an ability to interpret completely random sentence structure), an American can find out what kind of advice the Japanese give to their own countrymen on how to handle the peculiarities of American culture. Here are some things to look out for if you are visiting America from Japan.
Friday, Feb 21st 2014 (12:08am)
We hope you're not afraid of heights, because this even made our palms sweat. What you see below is a mountain in China called Mt. Hua Shan. At its base, you'll find a gigantic set of stone stairs, called "the Heavenly Stairs." These stairs go so high up the mountainside, it's hard to see where they end. If that wasn't enough, the precarious stairs lead to the world's most dangerous trail, the Hua Shan plank path. The plank trail leads high up the Hua Shan mountain just outside the city Xi'an. No one will force you to wear safety gear, although it's strongly encouraged. The trail itself is dangerous and stunning, but what is at the top will really shock you.
Wednesday, Jan 8th 2014 (3:49am)
Artist Joel Cooper uses an origami technique called tessellation to make ornate masks that are covered in intricate textures and patterns. Each mask is folded from a single sheet of paper (he’s posted a how-to on his blog). The tessellation technique can be used to create the illusion of a weaved pattern, as well as ridged corrugations and other repeating geometric patterns. Cooper’s masks are available for purchase.
Sunday, Dec 29th 2013 (9:27am)
Death Valley hosts one of the most enigmatic geological phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for decades. In Racetrack Playa are the "sailing stones", which seem to glide across the flat dry desert on their own, without human or animal intervention.
The Earth performed the ultimate magic trick last week, making an island appear out of nowhere. The new island is a remarkable side effect of the deadly Sept. 24 earthquake in Pakistan that killed more than 500 people.
A haunting new video of the 2011 tsunami in Japan has emerged, showing how quickly the situation changed from a curious rush of water into a horrific torrent of nature.
Beginning at about the 3-minute mark, the video shows a subtle rise in the water along a canal which is just calm enough to keep onlookers from being scared away. But as the minutes progress, the water level rises and the stream becomes more powerful, forcing spectators as well as the cameraman to scurry to higher ground.
At about 7 minutes into the video, it’s clear that the water is flowing over the canal walls and barreling into the surrounding town. The devastation that follows is incredible in its scope as it is terrifying.
Thursday, Aug 15th 2013 (10:09am)
She's a successful law professor and a Sunday school teacher, with a host of family and friends. But her interpersonal calculus centers on how to manipulate and outmaneuver the many people in her life.
Monday, Jun 3rd 2013 (12:06am) | Thanks: jai dubs
The feeling that it always rains at weekends may be more than just a myth about the weather. New research shows weekends are wetter. The cause, scientists suspect, is the build up of pollution during the week, resulting in rain at the weekend.
Thursday, May 30th 2013 (5:20am)
Meet Marcin Jakubowski, an engineer and farmer who has developed an open-source hardware platform for cheaply and efficiently building 50 machines needed to do everything from run a farm to rebuilding society. It's called the Global Village Construction Set, and it's taken on a life of its own.
Tuesday, Apr 9th 2013 (12:00am) | Thanks: bill nye
It's been 27 years, but it seems like yesterday. On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just a few seconds after launch. One of the astronauts aboard was physicist Ronald McNair. In this video from StoryCorps, McNair's brother talks about his childhood in Lake City, South Carolina.
Tuesday, Jan 29th 2013 (12:41am) | Thanks: Mental Floss
Many of the items we use every day, like zippers and escalators, were once brand names. Even heroin, which no one should use any day, was a brand name.
Here are some trademarked names that are often used as generic terms today.
Bytesize Science, a blog by the American Chemical Society, has filmed Inside Dayglo: The World's Most Colorful Factory, a short documentary tour of the DayGlo Color Corp. factory.
Wednesday, Jan 9th 2013 (12:55pm)
We live in a world so amazing that it can be difficult to generate an adequate sense of wide-eyed wonder when it comes to the truly astounding, brand-new facts revealed by science each year. Every year, we do our best to remind ourselves that incredible discoveries have been made.
Thursday, Dec 27th 2012 (12:02am)
Are you a vampire?
Nothing! Player's off!
I, Robot (2004)
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