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The Mind-Boggling Ames Window Illusion Still Works After You Figure It Out

For many optical illusions, there’s a life cycle on a person-to-person basis, and it’s often pretty short (see exhibit A: the black and blue or white and gold dress). First, the observer sees the illusion and is fooled by it. Then, they discover why it provides the effect it does, and once they know that, […]

Creepy Children’s Rhyme Haunting Family for Months Blamed on Spiders (No, Really)

Imagine it’s late at night and you and your kids are asleep, when all of a sudden in the distance you are awoken by a song. But not just any song, a distant, unsettling rendition of “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” sung by a child. How would you react? Would you go screaming from your home, […]

Can You Survive a Fall From Space?

If you’re going to fight off an alien invasion and stop the obliteration of all sentient life in the galaxy almost single-handedly, you’d better be seriously tough. The Halo franchise’s “Spartan” soldiers are just that–bigger, taller, faster, and stronger than any other human fighter. But are these Covenant killers really so tough that they could […]

Can You Survive a Fall From Space?

If you’re going to fight off an alien invasion and stop the obliteration of all sentient life in the galaxy almost single-handedly, you’d better be seriously tough. The Halo franchise’s “Spartan” soldiers are just that–bigger, taller, faster, and stronger than any other human fighter. But are these Covenant killers really so tough that they could […]

New Animation Shows the Real Dangers of Hurricane Florence Storm Surges

We’re all used to seeing meteorologists standing in front of a green screen with those familiar, colored map graphics as they toss out numbers and statistics regarding the impending danger from natural disasters like Hurricane Florence. However, those numbers can be really hard to internalize, and if you’re in an at-risk area, just hearing stats […]

I AM NEIL ARMSTRONG Teaches Kids About the Moon Landing

Mankind will get to learn a lot more about the incredible life of a true American legend when director Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man lands in theaters this October. Unfortunately, the movie and the book it was based on, James R. Hansen’s biography, aren’t exactly geared towards children, who should also learn all about the first […]

The Science of The Predator, Explained

First appearing in 1987’s classic Predator, the extraterrestrial hunters later known as “Yautja” are arguably some of the most iconic monsters in all of cinema. The aliens themselves are extremely proficient killers, who sport a combination of interesting biology and cutting-edge technology while tracking down their exo-trophies. They may be inherently mysterious creatures, but if […]

These Glowing Rocks Look Like Something Out of INDIANA JONES

Legend says the Hindu god Shiva gave five powerful stones, each with a diamond inside that would glow when they were brought together, to Sankara. They make for an amazing sight, but to see them means possibly risking having your heart ripped from your chest. Fortunately a newly-discovered type of glowing rock has been unearthed […]

Enjoy the Serene Majesty of Flying Firsthand With Eagles

I’ve always been perplexed that so many people presented with the hypothetical of choosing any super power immediately select flight. Yeah, being able to soar like a bird sounds great, but nobody thinks Angel is cooler or more powerful than Magneto or Professor X, right? And it’s not Superman’s greatest ability. That’s why it has […]

Non-Newtonian Fluid Shatters into Pieces When Hit with a Baseball Bat

Look at the cup, mug, or bottle of water/coffee/juice/whatever other liquids you have right now that I won’t judge you for. Whatever you’re drinking, it’s almost definitely a Newtonian fluid. That basically means that it behaves how you’d expect a liquid to act: Such fluids have a constant viscosity (a.k.a. flow), they take the shape […]

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