The Smokin’ Science of Fire Extinguishers

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An interesting presentation that takes a look at the science of fire extinguishers: Different fuels create different kinds of fires, and each of these fires need to be extinguished using a very specific method requiring a certain class of extinguisher depending on the type of fire you’re dealing with. Water is often not effective enough […]

The Science Behind Railguns, ElectroBOOM Style [Video]

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Electrical Engineer Mehdi Sadaghdar decided he wanted to try to make a railgun, so he built a very simple one to show you how the technology works, ElectroBoom style. And yes, as with most of his videos, the man end up getting shocked, but he’s a professional, so he’s supposed to know what he’s doing, […]

Introducing the SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System

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So, who’s signing up to be on board? Watch the video below! Impressive, isn’t it? Now the question is, how many years will it take until we see an actual version of this spaceship? Elon Musk hopes that we will be sending humans to Mars by 2024. “The basic game plan is we’re going to […]

3 Senses You Didn’t Know You Had [Science Video]

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At some point, you’ve probably learned about the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. However, the classic list doesn’t account for all the sensations we experience and use to navigate the world around us! [SciShow]

Why Are Smartphone Batteries Combusting? [Science Video]

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Why did some of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 phones explode? Find out in the latest episode of our pals over at the Scihow! [SciShow]

Should We Bring Extinct Animals Back to Life If We Can?

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Well, I think if any of you are looking at the title of this video and article, you must have flirted with the same thought as me for at least ONE second. Something along the lines of “Hell no, didn’t you see Jurassic Park!?” But in all actuality, the truth of the scientific weight of […]

Are Good Looking People Jerks? (According to Math) [Video]

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Watch as the folks from ASAP Science use math to prove that better looking people are jerks. [ASAP Science]

Transistors: The Invention That Changed The World [Video]

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A fantastic video by “Real Engineering” explaining why transistors are probably the invention that most changed the world, ranking it even above the mastery of fire! [Real Engineering | Via LS]

Scanner ‘Reads’ Pages Of Closed Books

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A variant on X-rays could scan the pages of a closed book according to MIT researchers. Tests already show the technique working on a bundle of nine sheets of paper. The research is detailed in the snappily-titled Nature Communications article “Terahertz time-gated spectral imaging for content extraction through layered structures.” It’s based around using T-rays, […]

XKCD: A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature

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[After setting your car on fire] Listen, you car’s temperature has changed before… [Source: XKCD]

Cyber Sickness: Why Does Virtual Reality Make me Sick?

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If you’re using a VR headset such as the Oculus Rift, you might have experienced what is called “Cyber Sickness,” a sickness similar to motion sickness that is related to moving around in a virtual reality world. If you want to know what this is happening, this out this episode of the Scishow to learn […]

Starchiness: A Sixth Taste Discovered?

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Starch could be a taste in its own right, newly-published research suggests. Tests found subjects could detect the taste as separate from sweetness in carbohydrate-rich foods. While we can detect countless flavors — each a combination of taste and aroma –, the standard explanation at the moment is that we can only detect five distinct […]